November Home Maintenance Tasks

To help you keep your home in tip-top shape all year round, every month we share some simple tasks you can do yourself. Here are a few simple tasks you can accomplish easily in November!

Maintain Large Appliances

Appliances are one of your major long-term investments! It is, therefore, important for you to take good care of them all year long. A good place to start would be your refrigerator. Dust accumulation in the cooling system can make your fridge less efficient.

To help prevent issues down the road, pull the fridge away from the wall every so often and clean the condenser coils with your vacuum cleaner. While you are at it, dust and clean the lower grille on the front of the fridge. This simple, five minute task can add years of service to your refrigerator!

Clean The Oven & Stove Drip Pans

Next on the list is your stove. A good regular cleaning will keep this major investment working well. Take a few minutes to clean the burners on your stove then move to cleaning inside your oven. If your oven has a self-cleaning feature, it will do the hard work for you.

One problem with the self-cleaning feature is that it can take a while to run and it can smell pretty bad while it’s running. It is best to save this task for a nice day so you can open the windows to keep the kitchen well ventilated. Your stove manual will have the instructions you need.

Have Any Problem Trees Trimmed

Cold weather has probably already arrived. Do you have any large branches hanging over or onto your roof? Get them trimmed back as soon as possible. A strong storm could cause the branches to break onto your roof and lead to damage and an insurance claim.

Save on Home Insurance

An important part of protecting your home and belongings is having homeowners insurance. To make sure you have the best coverage, call Mid-Columbia Insurance for a free, no obligation quote today at (509) 783-5600 in the Tri-Cities or (509) 249-1188 in Yakima.