Homeowner Maintenance

Regular home maintenance is the best way to save money by preventing big repairs

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Regular maintenance is the easiest way to save yourself from expensive repairs later. There is no plan that is good for everyone but if you can start with some plan, it’s at least a start. Feel free to try this one out and tweak it to suit your needs.

January

  • Change furnace filters
  • Keep your eaves and gutters cleared of icicles
  • Clean your range hood screen and replace if necessary
  • Vacuum refrigerator coils
  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace batteries

February

  • Deep clean curtains
  • Check caulking around bathtubs
  • Repair any damage in interior walls
  • Clean out unneeded items from closets and back rooms

March

  • Check roof for anything damaged from the winter
  • Check your air conditioner and schedule a service call if needed
  • Repair damaged window screens
  • Remove any foundation vent covers

April

  • Clean out gutters and downspouts
  • Clear dead plants from around the house
  • Clean windows
  • Double check lawnmower and repair any damage

May

  • Clean outdoor light fixtures
  • Repair any loose or damaged siding
  • Trim plants and trees around the house
  • Fertilize lawn
  • Vacuum refrigerator coils

June

  • Remove lint from dryer vent and exhaust
  • Double check any grout in bathroom and kitchen for damage and repair
  • Clean out garage
  • Inspect plumbing lines for leaks
  • Change furnace filters

July

  • Vacuum refrigerator coils
  • Check function and repair any locks on windows and doors
  • Check for and repair any minor cracks in foundation. Call a professional for a major crack ASAP!

August

  • Inspect crawlspace for any moisture issues
  • Repair gaps in driveway surface
  • Check for any evidence of ants or termites
  • Clean and repair deck and patio

September

  • Inspect roof for any damage and repair
  • Winterize air conditioning system
  • Check heat system for proper function and schedule a service call if needed
  • Check weatherstripping on doors and windows
  • Apply low nitrogen fertilizer to lawn
  • Check gutters for damage and repair

October

  • Clear debris from gutters and double check for proper drainage
  • Turn off and winterize outdoor faucets by covering with foam or draining
  • Cover outdoor furniture
  • Put down mulch on delicate outdoor plants and shrubs

November

  • Deep clean carpets
  • Check fire extinguisher
  • Clean gutters and downspouts
  • Put in foundation vent covers

December

  • Remove and clean shower heads
  • Check sinks and toilets for leaks

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