Home Maintenance Checklist

Our homes are usually our largest investment, not to mention where we spend most of our time, and as such they should be well taken care of to ensure their longevity. It is more than worth it to invest a little extra time and money to take care of maintenance tasks and prevent future costly repairs and damages.

We’ve all heard the expression “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, and this can be especially true when it comes to your home.

While it is a good idea to have savings ready for home maintenance, many repairs can be avoided altogether by keeping up with an annual homeowner’s maintenance checklist.

Are you doing everything you can to keep your home in good shape and well maintained?

Don’t wait for something to go awry to perform home maintenance.

It can seem overwhelming to take care of all of your homes maintenance or even to undertake small repairs for your home, but the good news is that most home maintenance tasks are not costly and can often be done by you.

However, it is always a good idea to call in professional assistance when home improvement tasks are beyond your abilities.

Our homes are usually our largest investment, not to mention where we spend most of our time, and as such they should be well taken care of to ensure their longevity. It is more than worth it to invest a little extra time and money to take care of maintenance tasks and prevent future costly repairs and damages. These tasks can also ensure your home is energy efficient, saving you lots of money on power bills.

Just like the seasons, homes should come to life in the springtime and go to sleep for the winter.

You can use these seasonal cues to stay on top of upkeep and annual tasks that will keep your home in prime condition and operating well.

Spring: Exterior-

Spring cleaning is commonly thought of as a time for cleaning out the garage, closets and bathrooms, but is also a great time to make sure your home has recovered from the winter months of possible neglect.

Even if you live in an area that does not receive snowfall, winter can still be hard on your home and spring is the time to clean up any mess inflicted.

Turn your facets back on, checking your pipes for any signs of damage.

Inspect the outside of your home for signs of deterioration, checking the roof, chimney, concrete (driveway, sidewalks, etc) and foundation for any cracks, leaks or arising issues.

Trim any trees that are near your home to prevent branches from falling on your roof.

You will also want to check your gutters and drainpipes for damage, as well as clean them out at least twice a year (or hire someone to clean them).

Clogged gutters can lead to much more serious and expensive issues, like a leaking roof, so it is worth taking the time to clean your gutters semi-annually.

The later spring months are also a great time to give your home a good wash, removing all dirt, grim, spiderwebs, and other debris from the exterior.

Washing the exterior is also a great way to prepare for other maintenance such as painting.

While your home will probably not require painting maintenance every year, most homes will need some touch ups. 

Your home is protected from water damage and grim by keeping the paint fresh and free of peeling.

Performing small touch up projects will prevent you from having to repaint the entire exterior (at least not more than every 10 years or so).

This is also a great time of year to clean any deck or patio, if you have one, to prepare it for the summer festivities ahead. 

Spring:Interior-

Make sure the batteries have been replaced recently in all of your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

Batteries should be changed at least once a year if not semiannually, and the spring is a great time to make sure everything is working properly.

You should also check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors once a month to make sure they are operational.

Most deaths in home fires are in homes without working smoke detectors, so it is worth the time and effort to ensure they are all functional and maintained. 

Check all of the pipes in bathrooms and the kitchen, looking for signs of leaks under sinks and around toilets and looking for signs of water damage on the ceilings and walls.

For any clear signs of water damage, it’s best to call a professional plumber to ensure everything is working properly since water damage can be so expensive.

You will also need to check your homes central heating and air systems, making sure all the ducts and vents are clean.

It is a good idea to bring in a professional HVAC technician to maintain and service your air systems before the hotter months arrive.

(To ensure all of your heating and cooling systems are operating their best and in good repair, call (925) 580.8875 to request a free service quote today from Elite Comfort Systems!)

 

 

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