Seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist

Staying on Top of Chores Saves Repairs Later

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A big part of the American dream is owning your own house. But, as the saying goes, there's always something that needs taking care of, whether big or small. Stay on top of regular home maintenance tasks, and you'll avoid many costly repairs. Here's a home maintenance checklist that you can use to get the job done and keep your house in prime shape.

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    Every Month

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    On a monthly basis, it's a good idea to clean or replace furnace and air conditioner filters as needed. Flush out your kitchen drain with a commercial product or a homemade solution of baking soda and vinegar.

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    Spring

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    Spring is such a traditional time for a deep cleaning that a deep cleaning has come to be called "spring cleaning." Besides moving the furniture and giving the house a thorough going over, give these parts of your house some attention.

    • Install fresh batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
    • Test and dust all detectors
    • Inspect bathroom and kitchen caulk; recaulk as needed
    • Vacuum refrigerator coils
    • Schedule air conditioning inspection
    • Check fire extinguishers
    • Clean kitchen exhaust hood and filter
    • Clean and seal deck (if needed)
    • Inspect exterior paint and touch up as needed
    • Inspect siding and masonry for damage
    • Remove storm windows and install screens
    • Repair or replace damaged window screens
    • Inspect roof for damage
    • Inspect attic for leaks
    • Inspect outdoor play equipment
    • Clean gutters
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    Summer

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    Summer means playtime, and you don't want to be bothered with an overload in the chores department. But a few really should be addressed to keep up.

    • Clean kitchen exhaust hood and filter
    • Vacuum refrigerator coils
    • Reverse ceiling fans
    • Inspect your foundation for drainage problems like clogged downspouts and grading issues
    • Inspect basement or crawl space for moisture issues
    • Inspect for activity by termites, ants, wood bees, and other pests
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    Fall

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    Fall, like spring, means it's time to make a thorough check of much of your home's infrastructure.

    • Install fresh batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
    • Test and dust all detectors
    • Check fire extinguishers
    • Clean kitchen exhaust hood and filter
    • Drain sediment from hot water heater
    • Vacuum refrigerator coils
    • Insulate exposed pipes as needed
    • Schedule furnace inspection
    • Remove or cover window air conditioners
    • Have chimneys and flues inspected and cleaned
    • Remove screens and install storm windows
    • Turn off outdoor water supply, remove and store hoses
    • Inspect roof for damage
    • Clean gutters
    • Inspect caulk around windows and doors; recaulk as needed
    • Clean up leaves and other yard debris
    • Trim trees and shrubs away from house
    • Inspect deck for any nails or screws that may be popping up
    • Cover or store outdoor furniture
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    Winter

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    In the winter all you want to do is cozy up inside. Just take a few moments to attend to a few maintenance details.

    • Clean kitchen exhaust hood and filter
    • Test GFCI outlets
    • Vacuum refrigerator coils
    • Clean dryer vent
    • Check sinks and toilets for leaks
    • Inspect hoses on washing machine, dishwasher, and ice maker for leaks
    • Change direction of ceiling fans
    • Test sump pump
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