October Home Maintenance

Follow these 13 clean up routines inside and outside your home to prepare for a change in the weather. That way you can enjoy trick 'n treat candy with a clear conscious on Halloween.

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October Home Maintenance

Follow these 13 clean up routines inside and outside your home to prepare for a change in the weather. That way you can enjoy trick 'n treat candy with a clear conscious on Halloween.

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Monthly Chores Checklist and Inspections

October Checklist October
  • Replace filters or wash permanent ones in heating system
  • Change batteries in carbon monoxide and smoke detectors
  • Reset programmable thermostat
  • Clean and inspect gutters and downspouts
  • Clean and store outdoor furniture and decorations
  • Wash window glass, frames and sill
  • Clean out weep-holes in sliders and change screen to storm panel
  • Wash storm door frame and replace storm panels
  • Remove portable air conditioner unit
  • Clean and store lawn equipment and tools
  • Winterize sprinkler system and drain and turn off outdoor water spigots
  • Plant spring flowering bulbs
  • Clean up fallen leaves, pine needles etc. from lawn and garden beds, build up soil with slow-release fertilizer and mulch plants for winter protection

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