Use this November Home Maintenance and Safety Checklist to get your home ready before winter arrives and to protect your family. 

November is a great time to spruce up your home for the holidays and be prepared your holiday visitors. 

Get your printable checklist as a reminder.  You love your family and your home – protect both and you’ll enjoy a beautiful space for years to come with your loved ones.

November Home Maintenance Checklist

Easy November Home Maintenance and Safety Checklist

We know life gets busy so we’ve kept this concise and simple for you.  The printable checklist will be a handy reminder for you too.

Included are home safety tips.  Be proactive and take small steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. 

Fall asleep and rest assured you took steps to ensure a safe home for you and your family.

Home Maintenance Checklist For November


1. Secure Your Home From pests and critters

Secure Your Home From Pests And Critters

It’s cold outside and critters are just like us – they want to be warm.

Because of cooler temperatures they’re heading into warm homes and hiding out where they can.  Bugs and pests are known to head indoors too.

Make sure to screen attic vents, check openings to chimneys and seal cracks.

Use these tips to secure your home from pest and critters in the cool and winter months.

2.  Clean Your Air Vents 

Clean Your Air Vents

With windows open in the summer dirt and grime tend to get in homes. Everyone is enjoying summer weather and running in and outside.

Dirt migrates in vent covers and ducts and becomes a breeding ground for all types of dust mites.

Heat vents blowing during cool months causes dirt and grime to blow throughout your home.

These microscopic dust mites scatter throughout your home.

Be sure to clean your vent covers, areas and ducts. This couple shows you how to clean your air vents like a Pro, naturally and frugally. 

If you haven’t had your entire duct system cleaned out in a while you may want to have the pros come in.

Be prepared so you can vet duct cleaning companies. These guidelines will help you find a reputable, air duct cleaning company.

3. Replace Broken Snow shovels, service Your Snow blower and stock up on ice melt

Replace Broken Snow Shovels

Now is the time to check and make sure your snow throwing tools are working and you’re set before the first main storm arrives. 

If you wait you’ll inevitably hit the crowds at the stores.

Make sure you have solid snow shovels, that your snow blower is working well and you’re set with salt for your walkways and driveway.

The stores are packed and often out of items the day of and after the first major storm. Don’t wait.

Taking preemptive measures will save you some stress and time.  

Be ready and rest assured you’re set before the first major snow storm arrives.

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4. Check exterior Hand railings and Stairs

Inspect Exterior Hand Rails

Our walkways and stairs can be treacherous in the winter. 

Check to ensure your outdoor hand railings are safe and secure. 

Inspect your exterior stairs for stability.  Make sure they’ll withstand snow weight.

Many accidents happen that can be avoided with preemptive measures.  Keep your family and visitors safe by taking precautions before harsh weather hits.

Finally, when you have a moment, take a look at the types of hand rail materials that withstand different types of climates.

5. Clean out your refrigerator

Clean Your Refrigerator

With the holidays approaching it’s a good idea to scrub and clean out your refrigerator.

Reduce the risk of food poisoning by keeping your refrigerator clean and hygienic.

Dump out the ‘expired’ items.

Clean the shelves, free up space and have a shiny refrigerator to store your holiday culinary treats and leftovers. 

Head over to this article for tips on the best cleaning methods and products to use when cleaning your refrigerator.  

6. Winterize Your AC Unit

Winterize Your Air Conditioning Unit

Make sure your AC unit is protected from the elements and extreme weather conditions.  If you maintain your unit you’ll have a well running, solid unit for years to come. 

Check out these ideas on preparing your AC unit for winter and how to properly store your AC unit in the winter.

7. Check your Smoke Alarms And CO2 Detectors

Replace Batteries In Smoke Alarms

Inspect your smoke alarms and CO2 Detectors. 

Start the holidays knowing that your family, visitors and home are safe.

Be sure to test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.    

Take a few minutes and replace faulty smoke alarms and CO2 detectors.

Fires and accidents happen…be prepared.

8. replace your weather stripping 

Replace weather stripping

Take a look at your weather stripping on your doors and windows.

Worn out weather stripping allows cold air to seep into your home. As a result you’re heating bill can be higher.

Save on your utility bills and keep the draft out by maintaining and updating your weather stripping.

Identify which ones should be replaced and keep out the cold drafts.

Stay warm!


9. Get A Car Safety Kit

Safety Car Kit

Winter weather is a cause of many car issues and weather related problems.

You never know when you may be stuck on the side of the road for a while.  You can be stuck due to your vehicle malfunctioning, a road accident or a multitude of weather conditions.

Have a car safety kit and keep blankets & gloves in your vehicle.

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It’s simultaneously the playground, retreat and castle for you and your family.

Make sure you keep track of your warranties and maintenance records.

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Get Your November Home Maintenance Checklist Below

The November home maintenance checklist is a good start. Add to it as you like.

Maybe there’s something here you’ve meant to get done but it’s slipped your mind. 

If you love going all out and tackling more, there’s a place on the printable checklist to add more of your own “To Get Done This Month.” 

Take these tasks one step at a time. You’ll certainly rest assured knowing you’ve done your best to ensure your family and home are protected. 

Finally, take a moment, rest and enjoy your surroundings.

You’ve worked hard for your home and family – enjoy it!


9 November Home Maintenance And Safety Tasks