Inspect wood stoves and fireplace inserts. Hire a certified chimney sweeper to clean the chimney, if needed.
Insulate bare water pipes running through your home to prevent freezing and to limit condensation on cold-water lines.
Inspect automatic garage door opener. Lubricate chains according to manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure bolts and screws are properly tightened and secured.
As a constant series of chores, home maintenance is a four-season job and one which should not be taken lightly. The tasks of each season are unique and November’s jobs are mostly preparatory in advance of colder weather.
If your routine maintenance uncovers larger issues including a faulty HVAC unit, or a leaking faucet, for example, seek professional help to make the repair.
Countertops – Laminatecountertops are making a comeback versus granite. The latest European-inspired laminate counters that offer high definition texture and natural finishes are often preferred.
Bathroom Fixtures – Bronze is the preference for bathroom fixtures such as faucets, towel bars, and shower heads.
Paint – Flashy paint colors are out and warm colors and earth tones are in. Homeowners are adding color with accessories instead of painting the walls bright colors.
Outdoor Living Spaces – This is not a new trend, but is becoming more popular. Adding an outdoor space such as a patio or deck makes the house look and feel larger.
Green and Energy Efficient – Environment-friendly and energy saving features include upgrading the HVAC system, windows and doors and adding more insulation as well as radiant heating, geothermal heating and solar heating.