November Homeowner’s Checklist

Here are this months tips for keeping your home in shape, and remember, these are just some broader, forgotten items on your list as a homeowner. For smaller and more regular items, see Keeping Up Your Home. And as always, if there’s something I’ve missed that is a November regularity at your house, I’d love to know in the comments below or on social media. Enjoy!

  • Clean and check dryer vents and hoses. This is a huge fire hazard and with static from dry winter air, this is a huge safety precaution. 34% of all house fires are caused by dryers according to the US Fire Administration.
  • Clear debris from air ducts. With your heater kicking up in the cold, debris and gunk can also be a fire hazard, and if anything it just makes your house smell musty and gross. Get out the vacuum hose and get to work on cleaning out your vents. And for goodness sake check your air filters! I check mine every month just to see how they are since we have dogs.
  • Inspect hoses on your washer, dishwasher, and ice maker. This can apply to other hoses as well such as water softener, etc. This is to double check before things start to stay cold that nothing is dry rotted or busted. The last thing you need anytime of the year is a water leak, and it’s a sure fire way to ruin the holidays.
  • Check your sink and toilet plumbing. Most people’s homes are more heavily used in the colder months and during the holidays. You don’t want visiting family members to be the straw that breaks the camel’s back, so make sure you’re plumbing is running smoothly. And in case you haven’t noticed, there’s definitely a theme here for the winter with the water and fire, two of the most common causes of home destruction that increase in the winter.
  • Clean out those holiday decorations and donate what you don’t use. This doesn’t protect your home, but it may help your organization. Halloween is coming down, thanksgiving and Christmas are coming out. During this time, I like to go by the rule of thumb that if I haven’t used it in 2 years (aka this year and the year before) then it gets donated. Plus it’s fun to keep your decorations refreshed from year to year!
July homeowner maintenance

July Homeowner’s Checklist

For many people, July is a month of vacationing, plus it’s just so dang hot outside, so this month’s list is pretty short.

  • Check the locks and deadbolts on doors and windows. Burglars love it when you go on vacation, so you want to make sure your locks work. A tip that my inspector taught me: for your door jambs, replace the itty bitty screws that come with the strike plate (the part that actually goes onto the frame) with 3 inch screws. It’s scarily easy to kick through a door that has the standard screws, but switch those babies out and that strike plate ain’t going nowhere.
  • De-clutter your garage or shop and donate items. I added this one for July because it’s a good break in the summer while you’ve been using all your outdoor equipment to get a little more organized. You now know what you have and what you need, so take the opportunity to get things straight. It’s also a great time of the year for early morning yard sales.
  • Exterminate and stay on top of pest prevention. In North Carolina, it’s hot, it’s buggy, and fall will be here before you know it. Stay on top of pest prevention during this season when the ticks, mosquitoes, spiders are multiplying. You’ll thank yourself in the fall when you realize how much less buggy your yard and home are.

If you have any more July suggestions, please let me know! And of course in the blazing heat there’s plenty of things you can do to keep your home’s interior clean and maintained. Personally though, I’d rather be by the water or gardening in my spare time. What are your favorite things to do or get done during July?

From my home to yours,

Mary Allison