Monthly Home Maintenance Checklist

Congratulations on becoming a new homeowner! As you turn the key and cross the threshold into your new home, take a moment to revel in the fact that you have made a significant purchase. After basking in the glow of this achievement, it’s time to focus on your “things to do” list. To ensure that you make the most out of your new home, organizing yourself with a home maintenance checklist is key. Let this list serve as a starting point for your home maintenance routine.

Annual Home Maintenance

It is important to complete several routine maintenance tasks at least once a year, regardless of the time of year. Completing these tasks can make your home safer and more comfortable while also saving you money on costly repair bills. 

  • Deep clean your home twice per year
  • Have your HVAC system inspected
  • Replace your smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries
  • Have your chimney cleaned
  • Inspect your roof for damage
  • Seal your deck
  • Grind ice cubes to clean the garbage disposal, then flush with hot water
  • Clean the furnace filter
  • Vacuum heat registers and air vents 
  • Ensure that indoor/outdoor air vents are not obstructed
  • Test smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers 
  • Inspect electrical cords and test ground-fault circuit breakers
  • Flush hot water from the water heater to eliminate sediment
  • Replenish salt in the water softener
  • Clean mineral deposits from faucets and showerheads

One helpful strategy we recommend is dividing and conquering! Split these into separate weeks throughout year to  prevent tasks from piling up and becoming overwhelming!

Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Spring is the perfect time for some much-needed cleaning! Every year, we all take on a variety of indoor and outdoor maintenance and home improvement tasks. Make sure to check off all the tasks on the list below to ensure your home has a proper spring cleaning!

If you’re looking to sell your home during this season, check out these tips.

Spring Outdoor Maintenance

As the weather warms, it may be a good time to complete the following:

  • Clean up any remaining leaves
  • Contact a professional arborist to inspect trees
    • It is highly recommended to seek the assistance of a professional for more extensive tasks, such as evaluating the health and condition of your trees.
  • Check for cracks in your concrete surfaces/structures
  • Clean your gutters and downspouts
  • Wash your windows and doors
  • Replace the batteries in your garage door opener
  • Oil your garage door hinges and chain to ensure it works properly
  • Apply fresh paint to shutters, siding, or outbuildings
  • Start treating the water in your pool
  • Give your lawn mower a tune-up (or take it in for professional servicing)

Spring Indoor Maintenance

When it comes to maintaining the inside of your house, there are a few important tasks you should keep in mind. Stay on top of your monthly home maintenance checklist to make your indoor upkeep a breeze!

  • Request an inspection of your home’s chimney
  • Schedule a tune-up for your home’s AC
  • Check your home’s plumbing for leaks
  • Replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

By diligently completing your spring home maintenance checklist, you’ll have ample time to fully enjoy the summer season. Keep in mind that there are a few essential tasks that still need to be done during the summer months. Like the below!

Summer Outdoor Maintenance

Outside your home, you’ll want to focus on the following:

  • Cut the grass regularly
    • Use the highest blade setting to mow. This will protect your grass from drought and weeds.
  • Dig up and spray for weeds
  • Check your sprinkler system for dirt and damage
  • Remove leaves and debris from your pool
  • Complete any exterior repair projects 

Summer Indoor Maintenance

As the summer heat and humidity levels rise, many of us seek refuge in the comfort of our homes. It’s important to ensure that our living spaces are optimized for the increasing temperatures. 

To help you prepare for the summer season, below are a few things you should consider. Plus, with the kids home from school, it’s the perfect opportunity to enlist them to complete some chores around the house! 

  • Reverse the direction of your ceiling fans
  • Clean your AC air filters once a month
  • Check your home’s weather stripping
  • Contact an exterminator (as needed) to eliminate bugs and household pest 

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

As the temperatures begin to decrease, it’s crucial to shift our attention from summer to autumn. To ensure the upkeep of your home during the fall season, here is a list of essential tasks to focus on.

Fall Outdoor Maintenance

Autumn is the perfect season to tackle some essential outdoor maintenance tasks. Here are some top priorities to add to your to-do list:

  • Rake leaves
  • Clean gutters 
  • Schedule an inspection of your gutters and downspouts
  • Clean and close your pool
  • Shut down your sprinkler system
  • Accumulate firewood

Did you know fall can also be a good time to plant perennials? Before the ground freezes, get to work planting your tulips and daffodils! 

Fall Indoor Maintenance

As the weather begins to cool down, it’s time to switch from your home’s AC to your furnace. This is the perfect time to schedule a professional service for your furnace, which may even be a requirement for your HVAC warranty. Contractors typically have a greater availability during the autumn and winter months compared to the summer. Therefore, the fall season presents an opportune moment to undertake any desired renovation projects.

Additionally, there are other important tasks to focus on during this time, such as:

  • Get your chimney cleaned (if you forgot this task last spring)
  • Clean lint buildup from the dryer vent
  • Check windows and doors for drafts
  • Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

Instead of heading straight into hibernation, you can complete simple tasks to ensure you and your family stay comfortable throughout the winter season.

Winter Outdoor Maintenance

Here are a few essential tasks to help you get ready for the cold and snow:

  • Tune up the snow blower (or contact a professional)
  • Inspect your home for ice dams, which can cause water damage to your home
  • Purchase ice melt (though be careful using it around your pets)
  • Drain outdoor faucets to prevent frozen pipes
  • Shovel snow as needed

Winter Indoor Maintenance

It is important to regularly maintain your home by keeping up with your monthly maintenance checklist, as well as the following tasks:

  • Replace furnace filters monthly
  • Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to let warm air in and prevent frozen pipes
  • Stock up on food and firewood in the event of a winter storm

Did you know it’s encourage to set your thermostat at 55 degrees if you plan on being away for an extended period of time to prevent damage such as frozen pipes?

How to Create a Low-Maintenance Home

As a homeowner, it’s important to have a budget for home maintenance. There are two ways to approach this. The first is to set aside 1% to 2% of your home’s purchase price and use it as needed for maintenance expenses. Additionally, it is crucial to establish an emergency fund to address unexpected repairs. It is recommended to have a reserve of three to six months’ worth of expenses in a designated account to handle any unforeseen financial burdens.

You can achieve a low-maintenance home in a few simple ways:

  • Choose hardwood or laminate floors instead of carpet
  • Install metal roofing to prevent leaks
  • Use composite materials for siding and deck
  • Replace wood windows with fiberglass to prevent warping
  • Install quartz countertops to prevent staining
  • Other technological improvements – such as a central vac system – can also improve the comfort of your home.

 

We want you to make the most of your home and enjoy it in every season!

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