October is the perfect month to get these six simple home maintenance tasks done!
- Buy appliances
Manufacturers debut their new models in the fall, and stores will typically offer good sales on the products they want to move out.
- Switch the direction of the ceiling fans
Most ceiling fans have a switch that allows you to change its direction. Counterclockwise will create a nice breeze when it’s warm out, and clockwise will help distribute heat when the weather is cool.
- Clean windows
It’s amazing how much something as simple as cleaning your windows can help brighten gloomy winter days. Get this chore out of the way before the upcoming holiday season takes up all your free time.
- Schedule a heating unit checkup
Schedule this service sooner rather than later, as the further we get into the cold-weather season, the busier they will get!
- Hire someone to inspect your fireplace and chimney
This is especially important for those with wood-burning fireplaces. A professional chimney sweep will help ensure that your fireplace burns efficiently and will help prevent chimney fires.
- Insulate exposed pipes
Burst pipes are not fun to deal with, at all. To help prevent this, prep your home’s exposed pipes with foam or heat tape. The pipes that are most at risk tend to be in unheated areas such as attics, garages, and crawl spaces.
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