Why is your November home maintenance checklist important?
Because, like all the monthly checklists you’ll be receiving as a subscriber, this one helps you keep your home running efficiently and safely by following a few simple steps.
So, let’s get started on this month’s to-do list.
Purge your medicine cabinet
Danger to youngsters and others can lurk in those expired and unused medicines in your kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Learn how to dispose of them safely.
Trim those trees
The long-range weather forecast for Ottawa calls for lots of snow and the possibility of nasty ice storms this winter. If you don’t know how to do it properly yourself, be proactive by hiring a reputable tree service to trim limbs and branches that could snap under winter’s weight, damaging your home or, worse, injure your family or visitors.
We know decluttering makes our homes more habitable. So, why not do the same with your print and digital photos? Here’s how to organize and store them.
Check those hoses
Avoid indoor flooding by inspecting hoses on the washer, dehumidifier, dishwasher and other appliances. Don’t forget the flexible hoses that feed water into your toilet tanks. If you spot leaks, cracking or brittleness, replace the hose immediately.
How often do you need to clean your freezer, microwave and other appliances? And how do you do it properly? Find out here.
Your regular monthly checklist
You should also do the following every month. Each takes only a few minutes.
- Clean your range hood, including the filter.
- Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
- Clean your coffee maker.
- Test ground fault circuit interrupters.
- Inspect fire extinguishers for expiry dates, correct pressure and wear.