Home Maintenance Checklist
Home repairs and minor remodeling projects may seem costly, but in the long run, monthly and seasonal repairs may save you from larger potential issues. Don’t wait to fix something until a problem arises in your home, like a leaky roof or broken air conditioning system. It is important to know if your home is in good standing and to keep track of what needs to be updated. Be proactive with maintenance planning by creating a seasonal home maintenance checklist to help try to extend the life of your home.
Create a monthly and seasonal checklist to organize your home maintenance and repairs list. Once you create a checklist, save it so you can refer back to it each month! The following items may be good tasks to include on your monthly home maintenance checklist:
- Unclog tub and sink drains
- This may help you avoid major plumbing issues down the line, which can be very costly
- Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace batteries if needed
- Make sure your home is safely equipped for any potential emergency
- Check for leaky faucets
- A leaky faucet may lead to larger plumbing issues
- Clean out the garbage disposal in the sink if you have one
- Avoid the build-up of smelly food in your pipes
- Replace air conditioner filters
- Changing the filter allows for more clean, cool air to circulate through the home
- Clean refrigerator coils
- Making sure the coils are free of dirt and dust helps extend the life of your fridge
Seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist:
Along with your monthly checklist, create a seasonal checklist to focus on larger projects.
It’s spring cleaning time! Traditionally, homeowners do a deep clean of their home in the Spring. Don’t only focus on the inside of your home; it is important to maintain the condition of the outside of your home, too! Here is a suggested home maintenance list for the Spring season:
- Inspect the caulking in the bathroom and kitchen
- Fill in any cracks or gaps
- Schedule an air conditioner inspection
- Prepare your home for the warmer, upcoming months!
- Check fire extinguishers
- Inspect exterior paint
- Touch –up any cracks or peeling areas
- Repair or replace window screens that are damaged
- It’s always nice to open up the windows and doors during the warmer months, but make sure the bugs stay outside!
- Inspect your roof for damage
- Lots of rain, debris, ice and snow may damage the roof
- Check the attic for leaks
- Clean your gutters
In the summer, home maintenance is not the most desirable thing to focus on or worry about. But you should still focus on these minor home maintenance tips early in the summer season, so you can fully enjoy the rest of your summer!
- Inspect your basement for any moisture
- Inspect your home for ants, termites, wood bees or any other pests
- Remove lint from inside and outside of your dryer vents and washer hoses
- Clean your kitchen exhaust hood
- Prune trees and shrubs
- Add mulch and fresh dirt to plants and flowers in your garden
Fall is a great season for home maintenance! The weather is generally mild, and this is a very important time to make sure your home did not suffer any damage from storms or rain in the Summer.
- Insulate any exposed pipes
- Schedule a furnace inspection
- Prepare your home for the upcoming colder months
- Have the chimney inspected and cleaned
- Prepare your home so you can enjoy fires in your fireplace in the Winter!
- Turn off your outdoor water supply and store away hoses
- Clean leaves in your yard as needed
- Cover any outdoor patio furniture you may have
- Empty your gas-powered yard equipment of fuel to avoid any damage
Winter is a time, similar to summer, where you’d prefer not to be outside doing seasonal maintenance. However, you can still check off items on your seasonal home maintenance checklist without the need to go outside. Make sure your house is fully prepared for the cold, snowy months!
- Check water heater for any leaks
- Clean your kitchen exhaust hood
- Typically the stove gets a lot more use during the Winter and holiday season
- Check your basement for leaks during times when the snow thaws
Maintenance planning involves creating a monthly and seasonal checklist. Monthly repairs may help you extend the life of your home and maintain its condition. Your home is your greatest asset, so it is important to give it the care it needs!
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