13.How to Plan Maintenance by Season

Every season there will be different tasks to perform around your home but it’s all in the name of protecting your investment. Being proactive in checking things on a monthly, quarterly or yearly basis will pay off in the long run as you’ll know you’re home is in the best shape it can be.

Establishing a maintenance list to be followed regularly helps to keep everything in and around your home in working order, so you and your family can sit back and enjoy.

Seasonal Maintenance Checklist

Spring:

  • Adjust and clean your cabinets/hardware
  • Aerate your lawn
  • Change smoke, radon gas, and carbon monoxide detector batteries
  • Change the filters in your range hood, cook-top and microwave
  • Check and clean your exterior dryer vent
  • Check the operation of your sump pump
  • Check to see if any soil has settled in specific areas, backfill as necessary
  • Check your garage door openers and general operation; lubricate if necessary
  • Check your roof for any signs of missing or damaged shingles/tiles
  • Checking exterior and interior caulking, while re-caulking as necessary
  • Clean and inspect your gutters and downspouts
  • Drain any accumulated sediment from the bottom of your home water tank as per the manufacturer
  • Hose down the exterior of your home to remove any dirt/buildup. Check for any signs of mildew and treat if necessary.
  • Inspect your home’s exterior for paint issues and refinish
  • Monitor your home’s flooring on a regularly basis
  • Organize your garage
  • Pour water into the basement floor drain in order to keep sewer odors from entering your home
  • Professionally service your air conditioner; change the thermostat battery
  • Replace your furnace filter (as per manufacturer recommendations)
  • Take a look at your concrete, pavers, asphalt, steps, and driveways to see if repairs are needed
  • Test GFCI breakers
  • Test out your BBQ so it’s ready for summer
  • Test your irrigation/sprinkler system while checking for leaks
  • Wash windows, screens, lubricate tracks, and clean out any drainage holes

Summer:

  • Check the foundation around your home for swales or needed repairs
  • Check the siding, paint and caulking around the exterior of your home
  • Check your home for signs of possible termite damage
  • Clean and inspect your fireplace
  • Ensure all of your windows are in good working order; clean the weep holes, tracks, and sills
  • Ensure your exteriors doors and weather stripping are in good working order
  • Inspect washer hoses and connections for possible leakage
  • Monitor your home’s flooring on a regular basis
  • Replace your furnace filter (as per manufacturer recommendations)

Fall:

  •  Rake up the leaves and then aerate your lawn; if you’ve got a small number of leaves, it’s okay to mow over them, as they’ll help fertilize your lawn
  • Change smoke, radon gas, and carbon monoxide detector batteries
  • Check caulking both interior and exterior
  • Check locks on exterior doors; lubricate rollers and tracks if necessary; tighten screws where necessary. Pro Tip: a quarter works in a pinch if you can’t find a screwdriver
  • Check sliding glass doors and your garage door to ensure they’re in proper working order
  • Check to ensure door weather stripping is in good condition, repair as necessary
  • Check to see if your fireplace is in good working order
  • Clean and inspect your gutters and downspouts
  • Clean the humidifier as per the manufacturer
  • Clean your gutters and downspouts; remove snow/ice after each snowfall
  • Close up your pool
  • Don’t overload electrical circuits when decorating for the holidays
  • Drain your sprinkler system
  • Ensure basement drains are free of debris
  • Ensure your garage door is in good working order
  • Ensure your heating system is in good working order
  • Inspect drywall for cracks, repair as necessary
  • Monitor your home’s flooring on a regular basis
  • Open windows periodically to encourage fresh air circulation
  • Plant perennial flowers such as tulips or daffodils.
  • Remove and clean all of your faucet aerators
  • Remove and store screens from your lower windows if you receive heavy snowfall that could reach and damage them
  • Remove, drain, and store outdoor hoses from exterior faucets
  • Replace your furnace filter (as per manufacturer recommendations)
  • Review your emergency escape plan/route with your family
  • Stock up on firewood
  • Take a look at your plumbing lines/underneath sinks for leaks
  • Test GFCI breakers
  • Winterize your irrigation system, including the back-flow preventer if you have one

Winter:

  • Check out the caulking and grout around all countertops in the kitchen/bathrooms
  • Check your water heater for possible leaks
  • Continually rid your house of icicles and any ice dams along the gutters in order to prevent water damage; icicles also present a fall-ice injury risk
  • Monitor your home’s flooring on a regular basis
  • Replace your furnace filter (as per manufacturer recommendations)
  • Test all of the GFCI circuits within your home
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