Home Maintenance

MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST

Most buyers feel considerable pride in becoming a homeowner, but they also recognize that ownership includes many new responsibilities. To keep your home looking and performing its best, here are several of the most important jobs to remember.

 

Safety First

Prevent accidents or injury by regularly checking these systems:

Test fire extinguisher

Replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors each spring and fall

Check the auto-reverse safety feature on your garage door

Make sure your dryer vent is exhausting properly

 

Avoid Serious Water Damage

You’ll prevent substantial problems if you heed these warnings:

Make sure your sump pump is working and seriously consider installing a battery back-up system

Keep gutters and downspouts clean

Make sure rain water flows away from the house

Clean out any debris in window wells (and consider adding covers)

Check for any small leaks by toilets, dishwashers, under sinks, etc.

Ensure your roof is leak-proof by checking the attic for signs of water damage

 

Keep it Clean

Occasional “deep cleaning” prevents dirt and grime from accumulating, keeping your home in tip-top shape. In addition to ongoing cleaning chores, don’t forget to periodically:

Clean (degrease) your range-hood filter

Clean and brighten tile and grout

Wash walls and windows

Wipe down baseboard molding, as well as trim surrounding doors and windows

Deep-clean basements and garages at least annually

 

Energy Efficiency

You’ll reduce your power bill and keep appliances running longer if you:

Change (or clean) furnace filters each month

Vacuum the coils on your refrigerator twice a year

Seal any drafty windows or doors

 

Outdoors

While the weather is nice:

Check for damage (cracks in the foundation, peeling paint, etc.) and make necessary repairs

Winterize air conditioning systems (in cold climates) and cover outdoor units

Fill any cracks in a blacktop driveway and reseal each fall

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