November home maintenance checklist

November Home Maintenance Checklist

Gene and Katie Hamilton
Gene and Katie Hamilton

With trick-or-treating behind us and Thanksgiving approaching it’s time to take a look at this list and see what needs to be done before there’s a change in the weather. Most of these eight items deal with preparing for cold weather by plugging up leaks and making sure you have supplies you’ll need on hand.
Take a look and see if your home needs attention this month and get a jump on the season. And if you’re budgeting for a home improvement project in the future visit us at to find cost information and compare how much it costs to do it yourself vs. hire a contractor.

  • Replace filters in heating system and humidifier
  • Clean carpeting, upholstered furniture and draperies
  • Plug air leaks in siding or foundation with spray foam insulation
  • Install heat tape or pipe insulation around pipes near northern exposure
  • Insulate crawlspace walls
  • Inspect exterior lights and outlets
  • Mark driveway with stakes for snow
  • Tune up snow shovel and snowblower
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Save Money on DIY Bathroom Upgrades

Gene and Katie Hamilton
Gene and Katie Hamilton

All the home improvement trends and industry numbers say remodeling is on the upswing and the worst of the housing crisis is behind us. Our bet is that a lot of money will be spent on bathroom replacement products like new cabinetry, wallcovering, accessories and towels that will give the room a facelift.

Old fixtures can be swapped with the existing ones that are more attractive and energy efficient. For instance our audience is very interested in replacing their bathtub walls with a new tile surround which can be an impressive upgrade. Almost as many are considering replacing an unused bathtub with a walk in shower, another option. To get an idea of what 20 of the most popular upgrades are and how much they cost go to Costing Out Bathroom Upgrades where you’ll find the cost data to compare how much it costs to do it yourself with hiring a contractor.

Look around the site and you’ll find hundreds of projects and how much they cost. On a smartphone use our mobile site


October Home Maintenance Checklist

Gene and Katie Hamilton
Gene and Katie Hamilton

The air is fresh, the temperature is cooling and you’re happy to enjoy the joys of autumn.  It’s a wonderful time of year.  Follow these 13 clean up routines inside and outside your home to prepare for a change in the weather.

  • Replace filters or wash permanent ones in heating system
  • Change batteries in carbon monoxide and smoke detectors
  • Reset programmable thermostat
  • Clean and inspect gutters and downspouts
  • Clean and store outdoor furniture and decorations
  • Wash window glass, frames and sill
  • Clean out weep-holes in sliders and change screen to storm panel
  • Wash storm door frame and replace storm panels
  • Remove portable air conditioner unit
  • Clean and store lawn equipment and tools
  • Winterize sprinkler system and drain and turn off outdoor water spigots
  • Plant spring flowering bulbs
  • Clean up fallen leaves, pine needles etc. from lawn and garden beds, build up soil with slow-release fertilizer and mulch plants for winter protection

Visit us at to find the cost of hundreds of home improvement projects whether you do it yourself or hire a contractor.