How To Keep Your Home Maintenance On Track

Like anything else, cleaning and repairing your home once isn’t going to make it last forever. It’s the consistent upkeep that maintains a house in good shape and extends its life. Not only is it less expensive to regularly maintain your home, it can also dramatically increase your enjoyment of your home. In order to keep your home in prime condition, make sure to do these tasks regularly throughout the year.

Winter cleaning

A lot of damage can come from wet winter conditions, so it’s important to make sure all aspects of the house are in top shape. Therefore, the main focus will be on heating and waterproofing.

For the exterior of your home:

  • Seal windows and doors with weather stripping
  • Visually Inspect the roof for any leaks and damaged/missing shingles
  • Visually Inspect the chimney for leaks and any loose bricks or mortar
  • Make sure the roof area is pest-free
  • Inspect outdoor faucets for leaks, drain them and turnoff
  • Clean gutters and downspouts
  • Clean and store any hoses, patio furniture or garden tools
  • Have chimney cleaned by a professional

For the interior of your home:

  • Inspect attic for leaks, insulation and pests
  • Inspect bathrooms and the kitchen for leaks (Make sure to look in all areas, including cabinets and doorways)
  • Re-caulk or re-grout and tiles and countertops in the home if needed
  • Clean refrigerator coils
  • Inspect smoke detectors, carbon monoxide monitors and fire extinguishers
  • Remove or weatherproof cover air conditioners
  • Clean water heater by flushing it out
  • Inspect automatic garage door opener
  • Have your heating system and heat pump serviced by a professional

Spring Cleaning

You now want to make sure your items are still fully functioning and can be used in the warmer months. A lot of these tasks are repetitive of winter cleaning. You might also want to keep in mind spring is the ideal time to take any clutter out of your home.

For the exterior of your home

  • Wash all windows
  • Inspect gutters and down spouts for any necessary cleaning
  • Inspect exterior of home for any damage to the paint/wood/brick/stucco
  • Clean solar panels
  • Power wash deck and inspect for any damage/stains

For the interior of your home

  • Inspect smoke detectors, carbon monoxide monitors and fire extinguishers
  • Inspect bathrooms and the kitchen for leaks (Make sure to look in all areas, including cabinets and doorways)
  • Re-caulk or re-grout and tiles and countertops in the home if needed
  • Clean clothes dryer vents of lint
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