Homeownership is a lot of responsibility and with work, family, pets, etc., it is easy to keep putting off that “honey-do” list. Life happens, we get busy, we go on vacation or get caught up binge watching a new Netflix show, it is easy for important and necessary home maintenance projects to get swept under the rug (literally & metaphorically). Maintaining your home is important to keep the value of your home and for the safety of your family. Properly maintaining your home can also save you money in the long run and hopefully avoid unnecessary repairs. So, to help you get started, we have made a checklist to keep up with your home maintenance throughout the year.
This is what you should every month.
- Test your GFCI outlets to lengthen the lifespan and ensure operation.
- Exercise your circuit breakers by turning them on and off to ensure operation.
- Replace your HVAC filter to lengthen the lifespan of your HVAC unit.
- Test your plumbing (faucets, toilets, outdoor spigots, etc.) and check for leaks.
- Clean your garbage disposal.
Every three months you should do the following:
- Check under sinks and around toilets for leaks to prevent further cabinet damage.
- Clear vegetation away from your home to prevent water intrusion and keep bugs away.
- Look for stains on your ceilings to find roof leaks.
- Clean your gutters to prevent roof leaks and moisture intrusion.
- Check your exterior faucets for drips/leaks to avoid costly water bills.
- Oil garage door springs for improved lifespan.
- Paint/Caulk areas of your home that need it.
Every year, you should complete the following:
- Replace smoke detector batteries and test for operation by pushing the test button on your smoke detector.
- Clean your dryer vent to prevent house firesor have it professionally cleaned.
- Pressure wash your home and driveway.
- Order a pest inspection if you do not have a current service.
- Check grout at kitchens, tubs, showers, and sinks to avoid water damage.
- Give your house a deep clean and get rid of the unused junk.
While some of these items may seem natural, others my fall off of your radar, and as Ol’ St. Nick said so be sure to check it twice and update your list as you see fit. Maintenance is a never ending whether its your home, your car or your boat, so remember to maintain all of your investments for safety and for value.