Getting Ready For Winter

Getting Ready For Winter

POSTED BY Ann Paterson ON 26 Apr 2019


With summer days behind us now and cooler weather lurking just around the corner, it’s a good time to do some last-minute exterior maintenance to protect your home or your rental, and ensure a warm, safe winter.

Ann Paterson Real Estate is experienced in selling property no matter what the season so we know exactly what you can do to get your home ready for sale in the winter months.

Here’s what should be on your seasonal inspection checklist.

Start with the exterior, fixing rotten timber, then painting to seal it.

It’s also a good idea to wash down steps, paths decks and where the risk of slipping increases during winter months. You can make them safer still by painting with a special non-skid, textured paint to improve grip.

Climbing on the roof in winter isn’t an ideal occupation for either you or a tradesperson so autumn is also a good time to make sure your home’s roof is sound and doesn’t have holes or missing tiles that may let water in.

In the garden, trim unruly trees and clean out spouting and downpipes in the lead-up to winter. Cutting trees back, especially if they’re close to the house, is important because they can cause major damage to the structure.

Ventilation is another issue that should be tackled before cold, wet weather arrives.

If you noticed that your bathroom and laundry were steaming over summer, it’s likely that they will be dripping in winter, so make sure you have a good ventilation system in place and try to keep windows open as much and as often as possible. With security latches in place you can go to work and not worry, while fresh air circulates at home.

Another suggestion is getting the bathroom extractor fan wired into the light switch so that you’ll always remember to use it.

April and May are good months to clean fireplaces and chimneys.

When daylight savings ends it's always a good idea to check that smoke alarms are working and consider changing to one of the new breed of alarms, which have batteries with a 10-year life span, or hardwire one in.

Check under your house to make sure the insulation is all in place and make sure that you don’t have leaky pipes, which can be difficult and expensive to repair.

Whether you’re selling a stately mansion in Darling Point or a sleek apartment in Edgecliff , you’ll want to make sure you’re doing everything to make your property a standout.

If you have any doubts or aren’t sure if your home is looking fit enough for sale, just ask us at Ann Paterson Real Estate. We’re happy to make some suggestions around what more you can do to get your home ready for a winter sale. We can also suggest tradespeople or stylists who can help take your home to the next level.



  • Inspect roofs and walls for damage and water-tightness.
  • Install heat pumps if needed, or explore other heating options.
  • Hang heavy thermal-backed curtains to keep rooms warm at night.
  • Consider an air-flow system where damp is a problem and use anti-mould paints in those areas.
  • Top up older insulation that has become compacted.
  • Seal draughts with rubber strips or pumping foam.
  • Attach window security latches so that air can circulate during the day.
  • Install extractor fans in kitchens as well as bathrooms.
  • Insulate your hot water cylinder. to save energy.
  • Inspect light fittings, power sockets, ensuring they’re safe to use.
  • Repair leaky taps and reseal around basins, baths and shower boxes.
  • Clean outdoor surfaces, cut back vegetation, clean gutters and downpipes.