October “Honey-Do” List for your Home

October “Honey-Do” List for your Home

It’s officially pumpkin spice everything time and before you know it, it will be Christmas music in all the speakers. This month is a great time to get a head start (or to catch up, let’s be honest) on some home upkeep. Check out these October home maintenance tips:

  • Battery On: Change the batteries in your smoke detectors. This one is easy, so start here and get the maintenance excitement ramped up! Be sure to get some extras for the TV remote too, so you’re ready to cuddle up and watch a good movie on a chilly night.
  • Vent About It: Let’s talk about those dryer vents…clean them out! Especially important if you haven’t cleaned them since you moved in. It’s a fire risk and an easy fix.
  • Pipe Wrappers: It seems hard to fathom with all the sweaty days we are still having this “fall,” but soon enough it will be time to wrap your pipes. Pick up some pipe wraps and faucet covers the next time you’re at the store, so you’re ready to go before the cold comes in.
  • Critter Watch: Do a visual inspection to see if there are any spots where the critters are coming and going. If there are any holes (and especially if the holes contain a pair of eyes looking back at you), secure the opening ASAP. Also keep an eye out for signs of termites or carpenter ants, while you’re doing your critter check.
  • Chimney Cleaning: Creosote buildup is one of the leading causes of house fires. Have your chimney cleaned before you light the first fire of the season. Don’t let a house fire be the first warning that your chimney needs cleaning.
  • Filter Changing: This one is an easy one to finish off the list and will help your HVAC system run more efficiently and extend the life of your unit. Also, check any water filters (such as in your refrigerator or ice maker) to see if they are in need of replacement.

I know home maintenance isn’t fun, but if you’ll take a little time to maintain your home, you’ll reduce your long term maintenance costs and save yourself some headaches. Double win! Have a happy and safe month and Happy Fall, Y’all!

Lisa Priest is stocking up on the good Halloween candy and is an East Texas Area Broker/REALTOR® with Picket Fence Realty, Inc. You can reach her via phone or text at 903-729-7530 or read more at BuyPalestine.com