Home Maintenance Checklist

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Keeping your home in good condition means keeping it safe, dry, and functional. Why is this important? Because a well-maintained home is more enjoyable to live in, easier to get ready for sale, and more attractive to buyers. A few minutes each month spent on basic maintenance can save you money now and bring in more money when you decide to sell your home!

As Needed

  • Close fireplace damper when not in use to lower heating and cooling costs, and deter pests. 
  • Fix leaky faucets and running toilets to lower your water bill.
  • Clear slow drains: A zip-strip on hair clogs, vinegar & baking soda (or boiling water) in kitchens.  

Monthly

  • Inspect and test alarms: Smoke/fire, carbon monoxide, and security alarms.
  • Inspect filters and replace as needed: Furnace, air conditioners, pool, drinking water, etc.).
  • Clean/vacuum air return vent covers and air conditioner grills.
  • Check that the downspouts are still connected to drains. 
  • Walk around the home and inspect outside.

Spring

  • Replace smoke/fire alarm batteries.
  • Check and clean dehumidifiers.
  • Cut back trees or shrubs touching your home exterior.
  • Inspect and touch up exterior paint.
  • Inspect foundation interior and exterior for settlement, water penetration, and cracks.
  • Inspect exterior and interior wood elements for rot and insect damage, and treat/repair.
  • Inspect windows for damage, remove or raise storm windows, repair screens.
  • Clean exterior of upper-story windows.
  • Clean gutters.
  • Open water lines to exterior faucets, open and flush irrigation systems.
  • Inspect roof for warping, cracking, missing or damaged shingles, and moss.
  • If you choose chemical pest control, apply. 

Summer

  • Check online for updates to wireless home security/smart home software and apply updates.
  • Inspect exposed plumbing for leaks.
  • Fix loose or cracked caulking around tiles, sinks, tubs, showers, toilets, and counters.
  • Inspect appliance hoses and ventilation, vacuum refrigerator coils.
  • Power wash, repair, and seal decks and fencing.
  • Clean and lubricate sliding door tracks and window tracks.
  • Lubricate door hinges and locks.
  • Inspect and oil garage doors.
  • Inspect, patch, and seal driveways, sidewalks, and other concrete/asphalt structures.
  • If you choose chemical pest control, apply. 

Fall

  • Replace smoke/fire alarm batteries.
  • Have your fireplace and chimney inspected and cleaned.
  • Service heating and cooling systems. 
  • Clean/vacuum heating and cooling ducts and registers.
  • Cut back trees or shrubs touching your home exterior.
  • Inspect and touch up exterior paint.
  • Inspect foundation interior and exterior for settlement, water penetration, and cracks.
  • Inspect exterior and interior wood elements for rot and insect damage, and treat/repair.
  • Inspect windows for damage, lower or install storm windows, repair screens.
  • Inspect weather-stripping.
  • Clean exterior of upper-story windows.
  • Clean gutters.
  • Drain and close water lines to exterior faucets, drain and secure irrigation systems.
  • Inspect roof for warping, cracking, missing or damaged shingles, and moss.
  • If you choose chemical pest control, apply. 

Winter

  • Check charge on fire extinguishers, replace as needed.
  • Check online for updates to wireless home security/smart home software and apply updates.
  • Inspect exposed plumbing for leaks.
  • Fix loose or cracked caulking around tiles, sinks, tubs, showers, toilets, and counters.
  • Inspect appliance hoses and ventilation, vacuum refrigerator coils.
  • Power wash, repair, and seal decks and fencing.
  • Professionally clean carpets, curtains, and drapes.
  • Inspect and touch up interior paint.
  • If you choose chemical pest control, apply.