November Home Maintenance Tips

Check fire alarms:
Dead batteries cause 24% of smoke alarm failures, you should replace batteries or test hard-wired fire alarms twice a year. Get into the habit of testing the alarm and changing batteries when you change the clocks for daylight saving and standard times.

Service the HVAC System
Make sure your heating system is running safely and efficiently so you’ll stay toasty during cold weather and save money on energy bills. You can unclog and clean HVAC grilles by popping them in the dishwasher. (Leave out the dishes, preferably.) Also make sure you dust heating returns and change filters every 1-3 months.

Clear dead leaves
Dead leaves aren’t just unsightly—they’ll also kill your lawn. Rake and bag them for removal, or mulch leaves in place by running your mower over them and letting the pieces decompose and nourish your lawn all winter.

Weatherproof the house
Locate and seal cracks and spaces that let heat out and cold air in—along baseboards, wall/ceiling junctures, windows and doors, lighting fixtures, switches, and electrical outlets. Call Antonis Construction to seal gaps with caulk and install weather-stripping.

Clean patio furniture
Before storing your outdoor furniture for the winter, take the opportunity to give them a good cleaning so you don’t have to do it in the spring, at which point the dirt and grime will be way harder to remove. Brillo is a great scrubber to remove crud from plastic patio furniture. Just scrub and rinse. Or, a power washer will give furniture a good quick clean.

Secure the home from pests
Critters are just like us, when it’s cold outside, we want to go where it’s warm. An attic offers a fantastic retreat for rodents like rats and mice to spend the winter. But unlike us, mice and snakes can get through a hole the size of a quarter. Don’t let them! Replace all damaged roof tiles and attic vents before the winter, and seal up holes around plumbing pipes and cables that enter your house.