It is the month when leaves start changing colors, pumpkins are picked and the harvests are bountiful. Start to rake those leaves in the brisk air, and prepare your home for winter because fall is here! The following are some of the important tasks you should complete around the home while the weather still allows for it. Here are 10 to-dos in November for homeowners.

 

1. Vacuum and Clean Radiators, Baseboard Heaters and Heating Grates

Prepare for the colder season by vacuuming up dust from radiators, baseboard heaters and heating grates. Build-up can cause poor functioning or none at all, so take care of these tedious tasks ahead of time.

2. Fireplaces

If you have a fireplace, now is the necessary time to have it serviced. If you plan to use it during the season, you’ll want to make sure it is properly cleaned and rid of any wildlife that have taken up home inside. It will also be important to have your chimney inspected and cleaned so smoke is easily and safely filtered out of your home.

 

3. Clean the Mudroom

When the rainy weather and snow start falling, you’ll want your mudroom ready to take on the mess of dirty boots and clothes. Clean the floors and replace the doormat if needed and try adding additional hooks and storage so things stay off of the floor.

 

4. Check Your Safety Devices

Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace batteries as needed. Also don’t forget to check the expiration date of your fire extinguishers and replace them if needed.

 

5. Trim Tree Limbs and Rake Leaves

Make sure to trim dead tree limbs because they are more likely to fall during winter storms and pose a potential safety hazard. Have a professional inspect and trim large trees.

For fallen leaves, rake the foliage onto a large plastic tarp and bag it or add it to your compost pile.

 

6. Plumbing

Shut off your exterior faucets and store hoses in preparation for winter. Disconnect, drain and roll hoses before storing. Shut off the water supply to exterior faucets to prevent pipes being frozen and bursting.

 

7. Gutters and Downspouts

Check gutters and downspouts for any damage or loose parts and make repairs as needed. Wait to schedule their cleaning until most of the leaves have fallen so you’re not forced to do it more than once.

 

8. Outdoor Furniture and Grills

Cover or store your outdoor furniture and grills to protect them from rain and snow during the winter. If you have room, try storing these things in a covered area like the garage for best protection. If your garage is fairly full, consider doing a clean-out of this area as well if you’re storing things that you don’t need anymore.

 

9. Decorate for the Season

If you are planning to participate in holiday festivities, it makes it much easier if you start decorating early. You can decorate with seasonal and natural finds like pumpkins, gourds, apples, pomegranates, figs and fall foliage for bright and beautiful decor.

Consider creating a bright wreath for the front door, or wrap foliage around staircases and porches. This kind of task makes the home feel even more welcoming for guests and passerbys.

 

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