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April 1, 2021

Home Maintenance Checklist

Being a homeowner is a job in itself. Homes require regular maintenance in order to properly function and provide the protection you need. Luckily, keeping a routine of regular maintenance can help ease the workload throughout the year. Here’s our helpful home maintenance checklist to help ensure you don’t miss a thing.

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Regular Maintenance 

These are home improvements that can be done at any time of the year and should be done regularly to ensure they remain functioning properly. Be sure to check these things between every month and every few months. 

  • Check the furnace filter and replace if necessary. Replacing furnace filters that have dust build-up will help the furnace work more efficiently and improve heat and energy bills. 
  • Check to make sure that outdoor and indoor air vents are not blocked. 
  • Drain hot water from the water heater to flush out sediment build up.
  • Grind up ice cubes in the garbage disposal, followed by hot water and baking soda to clean the garbage disposal. 
  • Test smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers. Replace batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors when necessary. 
  • Inspect tub and sink drains for clogs. Unclog them if necessary.
  • Vacuum lint from dryer vent.

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Seasonal Fall Maintenance

Fall is a great time to take on general home maintenance projects because of the moderate temperatures and dry weather. Start your home maintenance checklist by first inspecting the interior and exterior of your home, then, get started. Here are some things you can do to help prepare your home for the colder weather:

  • Remove leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts.
  • Drain and insulate exterior plumbing before winter.
  • Drain and store hoses along with in-ground sprinkler systems. 
  • Wrap insulation around outdoor faucets and pipes in unheated garages/basements. 
  • Rake leaves, aerate lawn, plant seeds. September and October are the best fall months to start growing new grass because it isn’t too hot or too cold out. 
  • Check masonry and mend cracks and gaps in the driveway and walkway. 
  • Check exterior door hardware and fix any squeaky handles or loose locks.
  • Inspect roofing for missing, loose, or damaged shingles and for any leaks. 
  • Repair or replace exterior siding.
  • Check fireplace for damage and clean the fireplace flues. Have a professional inspect your fireplace for hazards. 
  • Have a professional inspect heating systems.   
  • Vacuum refrigerator and freezer coils and empty and clean drip trays.Trim tree limbs. Damaged limbs, or limbs that are close to your home and could cause damage or is causing damage.

Seasonal Winter Maintenance

It’s important that you adequately prepare for the winter season. The last thing you want happening is a burst pipe or a heating unit that doesn’t work properly. Here’s a list of things you’ll want to check before the cold weather takes over:

  • Cover your air conditioning unit.
  • Protect your patio furniture by covering it or moving it to a covered space.
  • Get a humidifier to improve your home’s air quality during the dry season.
  • Reverse ceiling fans so that they circulate clockwise. 
  • Seal cracks and gaps in windows and doors with caulk or weather stripping. 
  • Check that air vents are not blocked.
  • Stock up on salt and sand in case of severe weather and snow storms.

Seasonal Spring Maintenance

This is the perfect time to get your home back to looking its best. Hopefully by this time the weather has calmed down and you can get your home back in order. It’s time to welcome the warmer weather and prepare your home for the heat. Use this spring home maintenance checklist as a guide:

  • Remove the cover you placed over your air conditioning unit and replace the filter.
  • Again, you’ll want to check for any damaged, missing, or loose roof shingles and for leaks. The harsh winter weather can cause damage to the roof easily, so be sure to check this and have necessary repairs made promptly.
  • Clean window and door screens.
  • Remove insulation from outdoor faucets and exterior plumbing.
  • Inspect sprinkler heads.
  • Plant grass seed, fertilize and aerate your lawn. Spring is also a good time to get this done because the weather isn’t too hot or too cold. 
  • Clean out gutters and downspouts of debris and leaves. 
  • Polish wood furniture and dust light fixtures.
  • Inspect your home’s windows and doors for caulking or weather stripping that may need to be replaced.
  • Check air vents and make sure they are clear. 
  • Have a professional inspect the septic tank and perform any work that may be necessary.
  • Check your chimney for damage.

Seasonal Summer Maintenance

You want to do as much maintenance as you can before summer really hits so you can make the most out of the hot weather and long days. Most of the necessary home improvement projects for the summer season can be done in the spring. Here’s some things you can tackle in the summer:

  • Oil door hinges including garage door opener and chain.
  • Clean your kitchen’s exhaust fan filter.
  • Prune trees and shrubs.
  • Replace faucet and shower heads for the interior and exterior if necessary.
  • Check around the kitchen and bathrooms for any leaks.
  • Seal tile grout.
  • Protect your home against bugs and other pests.

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