Well, here we are, another November and we’re sure to get into some cooler mornings and evenings as we head into the holiday season. So what things should you be concerned about over the next couple of months when it comes to home maintenance and improvement? Some of my favorite tips:
Clean out the closet and swap seasonal items.
You’ve probably already started to dive into the holiday closet to pull out Halloween or Thanksgiving items and now is a great time to consider the other closets in your house. You may be swapping out tank tops and shorts for long sleeve T-shirts and sweaters so why not take the time and do a complete cleaning of your closet. Take out items you haven’t worn in a year or more and send them to Goodwill or have a garage sale on a sunny weekend.
Continue maintaining or updating woodwork.
Now is a good time to consider repairing, re-gluing or refinishing woodwork. Indoor areas are typically at their driest during the month of November. Re-gluing wobbly chairs and protecting wood surfaces with a new finish or polish is a great way to improve your home. Continue maintenance on wood furniture, siding, and other wood items.
Once all the leaves fall off the trees, it’s a great time to get them out of your gutters. You certainly don’t want to have to do this numerous times so make sure all of the trees around your house have dropped their leaves before starting this project. You can dump them into the compost pile and start now on a great garden for next year.
Maintain trees and consider trimming.
Once the leaves are off of the trees, prune them back and get them ready for the spring.
Typically by this time of the year pools are out of sight and out of mind. Winter around here marks the beginning of a dry season and it’s a perfect time to maintain your pool or hot tub. Conduct an annual service on these amenities this time of year.
Unfinished basements can get whacked in certain areas. If you have a sump pump installed, it will handle the problem of ground water level rising by eliminating basement water before it becomes a problem. Make sure you maintain the pump and activate it when necessary.
Replace worn out weather striping and insulation.
Check the weather striping around all doors and windows for a tight seal and make certain there are no gaps or airflow coming into the house. Replace worn striping and add extra insulation to attic, basement or crawlspace areas. Don’t forget about holes in cabinets around plumbing pipes and drains in the kitchen and bathrooms.
For more information on winterizing and preparing your home either for the winter months or for selling this time of the year, call me any time (404)580-9069. We can get your home in tip-top shape ready for today’s buyers.