With cold weather and the holidays fast approaching, this month’s to-do list focuses on some of the less obvious, but very important, indoor cleaning and repair tasks to get your home in tip-top shape for holiday guests.
From weatherproofing your pipes to scheduled maintenance, our November home to-do list covers the bases without breaking your back or budget. Most of these chores are quick and easy; and, best of all, they take few materials or tools.
So set aside an afternoon in November to knock out this home maintenance to-do list, then sit back and enjoy a cup of hot cider!
Secure Your Home From Pests and Critters
It’s cold outside and critters are just like us – they want to be warm. Because of cooler temperatures they’re heading into warm homes and hiding out where they can. Bugs and pests are known to head indoors too.
Make sure to screen attic vents, check openings to chimneys and seal cracks.
Clean Your Vents
With windows open in the summer dirt and grime tend to get in homes. Everyone is enjoying summer weather and running in and outside. Dirt migrates in vent covers and ducts become a breeding ground for all types of dust mites. Because of heat blowing during cool months this will cause the dirt and grime to blow throughout your home.
Clean your vent covers and duct areas. If you haven’t had your entire duct system cleaned out in a while you may want to have the pros come in.
Now is the time to check and make sure your snow removal tools are working and you’re set before the first major storm arrives. If you wait… well you know how it goes – lines and empty shelves.
Make sure you have solid snow shovels, that your snow blower is working well and you’re set with salt for your walkways and driveway. You can also buy fuel and treat it with stabilizer to store until it is needed. Taking preemptive measures will save you some stress and time. Be ready and rest assured you’re set before the first major snow storm arrives.
Change your furnace filter. Replacing the filter in your HVAC system every month is the best practice for better air quality and energy efficiency in your home. You should also schedule preventative maintenance now instead of waiting for a breakdown. Have an HVAC pro perform an inspection and preventative maintenance to repair any issues before they become problems.
Protect Your Pipes
Before the onset of cold weather, protect your pipes from freezing by following these recommendations:
- Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines following manufacturer’s or installer’s directions. Do not put antifreeze in these lines unless directed. Antifreeze is environmentally harmful, and is dangerous to humans, pets, wildlife, and landscaping.
- Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break