OCTOBER Home Checklist

Hints & TipsThe weather is changing in some parts of the country so it’s a good idea to walk around your house inside and out and observe and inspect. Use these 13 suggestions to keep your house and all its systems working at peak performance.

*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 www.diyornot.com to compare the cost of doing it yourself with hiring a contractor for hundreds of home repair, improvement, decorating and gardening jobs.

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Gene and Katie Hamilton are authors of 20 home improvement books and creators of www.diyornot.com, 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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