FAQs: How and When to Winterize Your Home in Southeastern NC

In coastal North Carolina, we’re particularly lucky in that we don’t have to worry about harsh winters.

That being said, your home is still an important investment that needs protection before the onset of colder temperatures and the potential for snow and ice.

Your local experts here on the Michelle Clark Team have some tips, though, to make sure that no matter what this winter brings, you’re ready to weather it in a cozy, well-prepared home!

When do I need to start winterizing?

For most North Carolina towns, especially those located on the coast, you need to be on your guard just before the warning about frost and the possibility of ice. This is usually around the middle of November, unless we happen to experience a particularly cold season.

Do I need to worry about the inside of my home?

Just like the outside, considerations need to be in place to protect the inside of your house in the event of more brisk weather. Even simple tasks can make it that much more comfortable for you and your family throughout the season: replacing air filters, changing the rotation of your ceiling fans from counterclockwise to clockwise, installing window insulation film to help keep heat inside.

What about my window AC unit?

You obviously won’t need these in the winter, so we recommend taking these down and storing them if possible. As for central heating and cooling solutions, make sure you’ve removed any leaves and debris from the condenser and cover it before the first big snow storm.

Do I need to prepare any of my plants or outdoor features? 

For plants, we always recommend approaching the safety of each one as its needs require, but we would suggest going ahead and trimming tree branches, as well as cleaning out your gutters. We know you hate to see it go, since it marks the end of outdoor grilling and parties, but the lawn furniture should be stored away, too, and you’ll of course want to walk around the outside of your home and check for any cracks or gaps in the siding.

As you prepare for the fun of chillier weather and festive seasons, just remember to see to the safety of your home. That way, you and your family will be able to truly enjoy each and every season in your coastal home. And if you’re ready to relocate to milder climates before winter arrives, contact us to get started!