Our November Home Maintenance Tips printable is here!
November usually brings the start of the cold days, so here are some home maintenance items that you will want to take care of. It also brings guests, so there are a few items to prepare for them as well.
1. Close Crawl Space Vents
If you have a crawl space, you likely have small vents around your foundation. This is the time to close those, to protect your pipes from freezing from the cold air coming in. They often have a little switch you can flip (like a heat register in your home) but you can also tape some plastic over them to keep the air from coming in.
While you are closing the vents, you can also check to make sure that they aren’t damaged. If they come loose, they can be an access point for small animals to get into your crawl space. It’s warmer under your home, and winter can get pretty cold. If you do find one that is loose, it’s a good idea to check for any critters that may have gotten in before fully securing it.
2. Check & Repair Weather Stripping
Weather stripping in your exterior doors can wear out over time – more quickly if you have a pet. Now is a good time to check them all to see if there are holes or other signs of wear and replace it as needed.
3. Check & Replace Snow Clearing Tools
If you get snow occasionally or often, it’s a good idea to take a few minutes to check on the tools you need to clear it. Is your snow shovel is good repair? Is it easy to access? Here in Grand Junction, the snow is usually light and powdery enough that I use a large push broom instead of a snow shovel. It’s much quieter, and tends to do a better job. Both the shovel and broom will be easy to get to through next April.
If you get quite a bit of snow, take a look at the snowblower or other tools you may need this Winter, and make sure they are ready to be used.
4. Check Exterior Railings & Stairs
Before it gets too cold and snowy it’s a good idea to check all of your access points. Are the railings solid? Will they hold if someone slips & needs to grab for them? Are the stairs in good repair? Make sure access in and out of your home is easy and working.
5. Winterize Your AC & Sprinklers
If you haven’t already, now is the time to make sure the irrigation has been blown out and your air conditioning unit has been prepared for Winter.
6. Clean or Replace Your Welcome Mat
Is it time to pull out the Holiday welcome mats? Putting out a clean, bright welcome mat tells visitors that you are excited to see them!
7. Check Smoke Alarms & CO2 Detectors
With the hustle and bustle of the Holidays nearly here, this is a great time to check the batteries in your smoke alarms and detectors. Pick up fresh batteries at the store and write the date on them before putting them into smoke and CO2 detectors so you know when they were last changed.
8. Check & Repair Appliances
Your appliances may see a lot of extra use over the next few months. Now is the time to clean them, and check to see if any repairs need to be made. This is also a great time to check the filters in your refrigerator and replace them if needed. Are all of the burners on your oven working well? Is the heating element in good shape? Check these as well.
9. Clean All Countertop Utensils & Appliances
Many of us have those appliances and utensils that live on the counter. Take some time to go through your kitchen (or butler pantry if you are blessed to have one!) and give everything a thorough wipe down in preparation for holiday use.
10. Store, Recycle, or Donate Unused Items
Take some time to go through the unused items in your home and decide if you still need it. Seasonal items need to be packed away for next year, but if it’s something that you don’t ever use, or is broken beyond repair, it’s time for it to go. Box up the items that are still useable and donate them to your local Salvation Army or other donation center. If they are broken, it’s time to look into recycling them or throwing them away.
11. Wash All Bedding & Replace Pillows
Again, with guests arriving soon, this is the time to clean up the guest rooms. Wash your bedding, fluff up or replace pillows as needed, and get your space ready for holiday guests!
12. Dust Rooms
We have moved indoors, so there is more dust collecting on every surface. Don’t forget to dust your electronics, pictures and frames, bookshelves, windows, and drapes. Take some extra time to wipe down your doors and baseboards as well. In most homes, these rarely get attention, and can get very dusty. Cleaning up your home before decorating makes everything sparkle a bit more.
13. Clean Your Bathrooms
While this should happen more than once or twice a year, November is a great time to deep clean your bathrooms. Focus on those harder to get to places that are often overlooked and really get everything clean and sparkly.
If you have hard water like we do in Western Colorado, soak some cotton balls (or a roll of cotton like hairdressers use) in a little bit of white vinegar and lay it around the faucets and along the caulking at the top of your tub to soften the hard water before going in with an old toothbrush to scrub it clean.
14. Prep Your Car for Winter
It’s not a home maintenance item, but this is also a great time to check your car. Do you need snow tires? Is your washer fluid topped off? How about coolant? Is your car safety kit up to date? It’s also a good idea to store a pair of gloves, a scarf, and a jacket or blanket in the car. you never know when you might need them!
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