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With less sunlight, colder temperatures, and shorter days ahead, it’s an opportune time to cross those last-minute maintenance items off your to-do list. This month’s list focuses on some of the less obvious, but very important, indoor cleaning and repair tasks to get your home in tip-top shape for holiday guests.

From cleaning your garbage disposal and faucet aerators to fixing squeaky door hinges and sticky locks, our November to-do list covers the bases without breaking your back or budget. Most of these chores are quick and easy; and, best of all, they take few materials or tools.

  • Clothes dryer - check on vents and hoses for lint
  • HVAC - vacuum and dust
  • Faucet aerator - clean
  • Garbage disposal  - crush ice (sharpens), baking soda and citrus fruit rinds (freshens)
  • Door locks - lubricate
  • Range hood fan - check and clean
  • Plumbing - check for leaks on supply lines to sinks and toilets
  • Tile - seal the grout. (Do this every 6 months)
  • Fire extinguisher - place near kitchen, check charge

So set aside an afternoon in November to knock out this home maintenance to-do list, and be sure to check back in for next month's to-do list. 

Do you have your own tasks that we have missed here?