Do you know what a great way to celebrate that extra hour of sunshine we received this weekend is? Home maintenance.
OK, OK. This is not something fun to do, but it is something you have to do. Just like you need to change the clocks certain times of year to preserve sunlight, you need to do various home maintenance activities monthly, quarterly, biannually and seasonally to preserve (and improve) the quality of your home.
To make things easier, we pulled together a list of regular home maintenance chores you need to do:
- Inspect, and possibly change out HVAC filters.
- Clean range hood filters.
- Clean kitchen sink disposal.
- Inspect your fire extinguisher(s).
- Test smoke/carbon dioxide detectors.
- Test garage door auto-reverse feature.
- Run water and flush toilets in unused spaces.
- Check water softener; add salt if needed.
- Test your water heater’s pressure relief valve.
- Give your house a deep clean.
- Replace batteries in smoke/carbon dioxide detectors.
- Vacuum your refrigerator coils.
- Check the exterior drainage
- Clean out gutters
- Inspect the exterior of your home.
- Get your air conditioning system ready for summer; consider having it serviced.
- Repair/replace damaged window screens.
- Check trees for interference with electric lines.
- Inspect roofing for damage, leaks, etc.
Winter is harsh on a home and you want any damage fixed before the heat and humidity of summer come along.
It is warm and bright, so get outside and make any repairs that need to be done.
- Check grout in bathrooms, kitchen, etc.; repair as needed.
- Inspect plumbing for leaks, clean aerators on faucets.
- Take care of any insect problems you may have.
- Clean and repair deck/patio as needed.
- Clean out window wells of debris.
- Check and clean dryer vent, other exhaust vents to exterior of home.
- Clean garage.
It is time to prep for the cold, rain and snow of winter – all of which can damage a home.
- Flush hot water heater and remove sediment.
- Winterize air conditioning systems.
- Get heating system ready for winter.
- Turn off and flush outdoor water faucets.
- Get chimney cleaned, if you have one.
- Test sump pump.
- Check driveway/pavement for cracks.
- Buy winter gear.
You are stuck inside – why not make use of that time!?
- Tighten any handles, knobs, racks, etc.; replace as needed.
- Check all locks and deadbolts on doors and windows; replace as needed.
- Check caulking around showers and bathtubs; repair as needed.
- Remove shower heads and clean sediment.
- Deep clean and inspect the basement.
This list may seem overwhelming, but the chores don’t all need to be done in a day. Take a few minutes right now to add a year’s worth of chores to your 2015 calendar; that way, you won’t forget or procrastinate.
A special thanks to The Art of Manliness for the great ideas and lists!