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Homeowner Maintenance Checklist

Once you’ve moved into your new home, make sure you keep it running smoothly. Following this checklist throughout the year will help prolong, or avoid altogether, more costly repairs.

MONTHLY

Fire Extinguisher: Check that it’s fully charged; recharge or replace if needed.


Sink and Tub Drains: Clean out debris.

Garbage Disposal: Flush with hot water and baking soda.

Water Softener: Check water softener salt drum and replinish salt if necessary.

Forced-Air Heating System: Change filters once a month if user’s manual recommends fiberglass filters.

 

EVERY 2 MONTHS

Wall Furnace: Clean grills.

Range Hood: Clean grease filter.

 

EVERY 3 MONTHS

Faucets: Clean aerators and repair any leaks.

Floor and Outdoor Drain Grates: Clean out debris.

 

EVERY 6 MONTHS

Smoke Detectors: Test batteries and replace if needed.

Toilets: Check for leaks and water run-on.

Interior Caulking: Inspect caulking around tubs, showers, and sinks; replace any if it is deteriorating.

Forced-Air Heating System: Change filters semi-annually if user’s manual recommends high efficiency pleated or HEPA-style filters.

HVAC System:Add 1/2 cup white vinegar to HVAC condensate line to prevent mildew buildup.

Refrigerator: Clean coils.

Garbage Disposal: Tighten drain connections and fasteners.

Clothes Washer: Clean water inlet filters; check hoses and replace them if they are leaking.

Clothes Dryer: Vacuum lint from ducts and surrounding areas.

Wiring: Check for frayed cords and wires; repair or replace them as needed.

Range Hood: Wash fan blades and housing.

Basement: Check for dampness; clean dehumidifier (if applicable)

 

EVERY SPRING

Roof: Inspect roof surface, flashing, eaves, and soffits; repair if needed.

Gutters and Downspouts: Clean them out or install no-clean version. Inspect and repair weak areas; check for proper drainage and make repairs if needed.

Siding: Inspect and clean siding and repair if needed.

Exterior Caulking: Inspect caulking and replace any that is deteriorating.

Windowsills, Doorsills, Thresholds: Fill cracks, caulk edges, repaint; replace if needed.

Window and Door Screens: Clean screening and repair or replace if needed; tighten or repair any loose or damaged frames and repaint if needed; replace broken, worn, or missing hardware; tighten and lubricate door hinges and closers.

 

EVERY FALL

Roof: Inspect roof surface, flashing, eaves, and soffits; repair if needed.

Gutters and Downspouts: Clean out. Inspect and repair weak points; check for proper slope.

Chimney or Stovepipe: Clean flue (more frequently if needed); repair any cracks in flue or any loose or crumbling mortar.

Siding: Inspect and clean siding and repair if needed.

Exterior Caulking: Inspect caulking and replace any that is deteriorating.

Storm Windows and Doors: Replace any cracked or broken glass; tighten or repair any loose or damaged frames and repaint if needed. Replace damaged hardware; tighten and lubricate door hinges and closers.

Window and Door Weather Stripping: Inspect and repair or replace if it is deteriorating or if it does not seal.

Thermostat: Clean heat sensor, contact points, and contacts; check accuracy and replace thermostat if it is not functioning properly.

Outdoor Faucets: Shut off valves to outdoor faucets. Open spigots and drain, store hoses.

Water Heater: Drain water until it is clear of sediment; test temperature pressure relief valve; clean burner and ports (gas heater).

HVAC System: Have a professional tune up your heat/air conditioning system.

Contact me for a free PDF file of this checklist!

 

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