Now that we are through Halloween, we are starting one of the busiest seasons of the year. I just ordered a few Christmas gifts, and was congratulating myself on being ahead of the game this year, until I realized that it’s NOVEMBER. Folks, I am not at all ahead.
November and December seem to pass in an instant. With all the festivities, it’s easy to let your home maintenance go. Unfortunately, deferring home maintenance can create big problems later. If you want to avoid some disasters this year, take an hour or two over the weekend for preventative projects. Tackling these three quick projects this weekend can save your sanity (and maybe your life!) later this winter.
Seal Up the House
It’s not too cold out yet, but freezing weather is approaching! Get ahead of it this weekend by installing or replacing weather stripping around doors and windows. You will thank yourself when your all cozy in your house in January.
Cold drafts aren’t the only things that could invade your house this fall. The cooler weather can cause mice and other critters to seek shelter in your warm home. Take a tour of your home from a rodent’s eye view. Seal up any holes or gaps you find. Especially focus on your basement, the backs of your cabinets, and other out-of-the-way areas. Shove a wad of steel wool into any cracks and then seal it with spackle.
Test Your Smoke Detectors
Daylight Savings Time ends this weekend, and it’s the perfect reminder to check all your smoke detectors. Replace any batteries as needed to keep those things running. The things we do to warm up in fall and winter can cause fires. Portable heaters, old Christmas lights, crackling fires in fireplaces, and deep frying turkeys keep our fire departments in business. Protect your family by making sure your smoke detectors are in tip top shape.
Rake Those Leaves
This year, don’t let soggy leaves sit on your lawn all winter. Time your last raking after the last leaves have fallen, but before the first snow, if possible. Nothing will depress you more than getting through the long, dark winter, and then seeing those moldy leaves when the snow finally melts. Give yourself the gift of beautiful green grass next spring.