January 28, 2017

Home Maintenance Check List

Yearly Home Maintenance Schedule Checklist

Establishing and following a good maintenance schedule is a great way to manage your household maintenance budget and protect your home for the years to come.

This seasonal checklist of maintenance tasks should not replace the manufacturer’s recommendations.We suggest that you use licensed contractors for any tasks you may feel that you don’t have the technical knowledge or ability to perform.

SAFETY FIRST – Homeowners often want to perform maintenance themselves to save money. It is important to bear in mind that there are many areas of home maintenance that are best left to professionals. For example, electrical work, entering an attic, or climbing on roofs and ladders are just a few hazardous activities. It is better to take the safe choice if there is any question as to the ability of the homeowner to perform any maintenance task.

SPRING
Clean Gutters – Make sure they are flowing properly
Inspect roof for damaged shingles
Check flashing and reseal as needed
Re-nail any loose siding or trim boards
Check house and garage for rotting wood and repair as needed
Check porch flooring and repair as needed
Check and replace bad caulking around windows , doors, siding joints, or anywhere else needed
Scrape loose window glazing and replace as needed
Clean windows and their frames when installing screens. Wash and repair screens.
Check caulking and seal between house and driveway and repair as needed
Oil garage door tracks
Trim trees, bushes, and shrubs
Clean flower beds out around the house
Drain off sediment from hot water tank and steam heating system
Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarm batteries
Clean air conditioner and schedule inspection

 


 

SUMMER
Wash exterior of house and garage
Scrape, prime, and paint any areas on house or garage as needed
Look for visible signs of ants, termites, or any other destructive insect
Check all flat roofs and reseal as needed
Check chimney mortar and repair as needed
Check driveway, sidewalks, and patios for concrete damage and repair as needed
Clean carpets and wax tile and hardwood floors
Check and replace furnace filters
Check fire extinguishers to make sure they are fully charged
Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarm batteries
 

 


 

FALL
Patch and seal asphalt or concrete driveway, steps and landings
Check weather stripping on all doors and windows and repair as needed
Cheak all areas to be caulked and repair as needed
Make sure all garage floor and driveway drains are flowing properly
Clear gutters of leaves, check for leaks, and repair as needed
Inspect roof for loose or missing shingles, and structures made of pressure-treated wood
Clean and reseal decks, fences, or other structures made of pressure-treated wood
Oil garage door tracks
Prune bushes, trees, and shrubs
Have furnace checked or tuned up, and change the filter; have boiler checked every few years
Have chimney cleaned for wood and every five years for gas
Check damper in fireplace for obstructions
Drain off sediment from hot water tank and steam heating system
Replace smoke and carbon monoxide alarm batteries

 


 

WINTER
Shut off exterior valves supplying outdoor water pipes to prevent freezing
Change furnace filters monthly
Repair interior wall damage; touch up or paint as needed
Check and re-grout tile in all bathrooms and kitchen areas as needed – Apply sealant as needed
Check fire extinguishers to make sure they are fully charged
Clean grills of wall furnace
Clean range hood grease filter
Clean water inlet filters of washing machine. Check for leaking hoses ans replace as needed
Vacuum lint ducts and surrounding areas of your clothes dryer
Test smoke and carbon monoxide alarm batteries

Develop a plan for next summers home improvements and repairs

This general checklist identifies some of the more common maintenance tasks that may be performed on a monthly, semi-annually or yearly basis. maintenance items as needed.

As a homeowner, you have maintenance responsibilities for your new home and for the warranty. Establishing a maintenance schedule is a good way to manage your maintenance activities and maintenance budget.

This suggested maintenance list and schedule should not replace the manufacturer’s recommendations. It is strongly suggested homeowners make or uncomfortable to perform. When in doubt, it is always best to consult a reputable contractor.