The arrival of winter likely means you'll be spending more time inside. Review our home maintenance checklist for November to ensure you aren't missing any essential tasks. Be mindful of the upkeep and security checks that must be made when the temperature drops.
Prepare your house for the coming of winter with the help of iTaskApp's Home Maintenance and Safety Checklist for November. It's also an excellent time to prepare for the holidays and your guests.
Obstructions in the chimney and fireplace.
You must remember to get your fireplace inspected before you use it during the colder months. A thorough assessment of your fireplace may help you enjoy safer, more cost-effective fires for an extended period by revealing any defects limiting its performance. The smoke in your house will have difficulty getting outside if the chimney and fireplace aren't clean and in good functioning order. Having your fireplace examined by iTaskApp contractors can give you peace of mind that it is safe to use in your home.
Keep unwanted animals and pests out of your house.
David Brugh, a co-owner of Meridian Wildlife Services, notes that pest infestations are common. Things like woodpiles and open trash cans can attract unwanted bugs, so be cautious. If you want to keep flying insects away from your porch at night, try switching to yellow or high-pressure sodium lamps. Depending on the amount of no-kill traps used and the frequency with which traps need to be checked, the typical cost to keep animals out of your home is between $125 and $250.
Smoke detectors should be checked.
As shown by fire safety studies, modern furniture contributes significantly to the fast spread of flames. You must install smoke alarms in strategic locations to make the most of the time you have to get out of a burning building. Smoke alarms are needed not just outside each sleeping area and on every level of the house but also inside each sleeping room (even for existing residences), according to NFPA 72, the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code.
Check for drafts and leaks.
It is possible to detect air leaks driving up your energy costs by doing an air pressure test on your property, which involves drawing in outside air. Gaps and rot in frames, deteriorated caulking, fractured glass, and closures that don't wholly shut may all allow air and water into otherwise sealed windows. Gaps exist if outside light may enter the room from any direction other than directly via the window. Put caulk and weather stripping around the frames t