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It’s that time of year again! The holidays are starting to get closer, with Thanksgiving approaching quickly. It’s likely your mind is set on getting your home ready to host family and friends for a gathering. Or, simply to finish up last minute tasks before the year ends.
Start getting your home improvement to-do list done now, so you can enjoy Thanksgiving and time with family. Here’s your November home maintenance checklist to make sure you’re prepared for the month ahead.
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November To-Do List
It’s time to focus on a few home improvement projects that will help you prepare for the end of the year and a busy holiday season. By getting these tasks done now, you can sit back and enjoy your cozy home. Here’s what you need to tackle this November:
- Deep Clean Your Home
- Make Kitchen & Bathroom Updates
- Inspect Outdoor Stairs
- Replace Outdoor Light Fixtures
- Repair Plumbing
- Install Weather Stripping
- Install Fire Protection
1. Deep Clean Your Home
Now is the time to clean your home for winter festivities. Whether you have a family gathering in the works or you want to make sure things are perfectly cozy for winter, tackle some of those cleaning tasks that aren’t on your regular cleaning rotation. Carpet and upholstery cleaning might be one of those things on your deep cleaning to-do lists. It’s the perfect time to give them a refresh. The average cost to clean upholstery is $155 and the average cost to clean carpets is $168.
2. Make Kitchen & Bathroom Updates
While it might be too late to start a complete remodel before your holiday company arrives, you can certainly make some upgrades to improve your kitchen and bathrooms. A fresh coat of paint or a new sink can be just what the room needs. A new backsplash is also something you might be able to DIY. Read about small upgrades you can make in 7 Easy Kitchen DIY Projects.
3. Inspect Outdoor Stairs
Winter will bring snow and ice, that can make it dangerous to walk on your outdoor stairs and pathways. Before the weather changes dramatically, check your outdoor steps for cracks and uneven areas. Get them repaired now. You’ll also want to install a handrail if you don’t have one already. This is a safety feature that’s a must on any outdoor stairs.
4. Replace Outdoor Light Fixtures
Similarly, it’s also a good time to replace any outdoor light fixtures that may be out or in need of repair. Winter brings less daylight along with colder weather, making it harder to see if there’s ice on your walkway. Having efficient outdoor lighting can help avoid an accident. Outdoor flood lights may not be as fashionable but can help illuminate entryways, so you can see. The average cost of floodlights is between $400 to $500 each.
5. Repair Plumbing
With Thanksgiving coming up quickly, it’s likely any plumbing issues you have will be magnified. A semi-clogged pipe can turn into a big issue if you have visitors over or plenty of dishes to be done. Get the fix you need now, before its too late. Contact a plumber today.
6. Install Weather Stripping
Make sure your home is comfortable for the winter weather. Weather stripping can prevent cold air from entering the home. The good news is that it doesn’t need to be replaced every year, but aging weather stripping should be replaced. Depending on the amount you need to be done, you might be able to DIY. The average cost to install weather stripping is $258, but that can depend on how much you need.
7. Install Fire Protection
The holiday season is a prime time for house fires. From dried trees to burnt turkey and holiday candles, there’s plenty of hazards present in your home. According to the National Fire Protection Association, Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires, with the day before in
Now is the time to make sure you have preventive measures in place. Adding sprinklers and fire extinguishers to your home can be very beneficial. The average cost to install fire protection is $2,748.
A successful holiday season starts by checking off all the to-do’s this November. It’s a great time to do some final tasks around your home exterior as well as a few things inside to make your home welcoming and cozy. Next month, see what tasks we have to help you end the year.
Did you miss last month’s maintenance list? Read October Home Maintenance Checklist to catch up.