November home checklist

Do It In November Home Checklist


The end of the year is not far behind and so is a change in the weather. If the temperatures is changing to cooler and colder where you live, it’s a good idea to prepare for winter weather. The items for this month combine 7 basic cleaning jobs and inspections with specific suggestions for cold weather climates. If you live in a warm climate it’s still a good idea to look at these items especially the ones at the top of the list which will assure your heating and cooling system will work to peak capacity.  If you live in warmer climate, forget about those items specific to cold weather and concentrate on making your home clean and comfortable.

Replace filters in heating system and humidifier because dirty filters trap dust

Clean carpeting, upholstered furniture and draperies

Plug air leaks in siding or foundation with spray foam insulation

Insulate crawlspace walls

Inspect exterior lights and outlets

Mark driveway with stakes for snow

Tune up snow shovel and snowblower

If you’re considering a home improvement visit us at to find cost comparisons for hundreds of projects and compare how much it costs to do it yourself vs. hire a contractor for the job.


Gene and Katie Hamilton are authors of 20 home improvement books and creators of, a website that compares the DIY and contractor costs of hundreds of repair, decorating and remodeling projects. Their weekly column Do It Yourself or Not is syndicated by Tribune Content Agency.

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