Maintenance Checklist

Here you will find all the tasks that need to be done. Not all tasks need to be done monthly, or even yearly. You will find tasks that need to be one monthly, quarterly and biannually. Also, an added bonus, I also added in a list of tasks that need to be done seasonally.

home maintenance

Monthly

  • Inspect and change out HVAC filters if needed. Changing out filters every month isn’t always necessary. Change the filter if it is dirty; if the filter isn’t dirty, inspect it again next month.
  • Clean kitchen sink disposal. Ice cubes and vinegar are the most efficient way to clean out your disposal.
  • Clean range hood filters. Use a degreaser from and auto store and mix it with water.

Quarterly

  • Test smoke/carbon dioxide detectors.
  • Test garage door auto-reverse feature.
  • Check water softener and add salt if needed. You shouldn’t need to add salt each month, but it’s best to always check!

Biannually

  • Test your water heater’s pressure relief valve. Testing this will prevent mineral and corrosion buildup and can help your heater run more efficiently.
  • Give your home a deep clean.
  • Replace batteries in smoke/carbon dioxide detectors.
  • Vacuum your refrigerator coils. This may seem crazy, but keeping your refrigerator coils can save you up to $100 year! Your fridge can use up to 15 percent of your home’s total power, and if it isn’t running efficiently it will use more. Keeping your refrigerator running smoothly will keep your energy bill low.

 

Annually (By Season)

Spring

home maintenance Spring the best month to focus on the exterior of your home and prepare it for the summer heat.

  • Check the exterior drainage.
  • Clean your gutters. They have likely been home to grime/sediment from winter weather. This is very important for the upcoming spring weather.
  • Inspect the exterior of your home. Check for chipping paint, siding damage, or any holes in your brick.
  • Get your air conditioning system ready for summer and get it serviced if needed.
  • Repair/replace damaged window screens. All it takes is one little hole for bugs to infest your home during summer.
  • Check trees for interference with electric lines. Call a professional to get them trimmed if need be.
  • Inspect roofing for damage, leaks, etc. Repair as needed, it could take a professional to fix the issue.

Summer

This is the perfect time to check the interior and exterior of your home.

  • Check grout in bathrooms, kitchen, etc; repair as needed. Doing this will help your tiled surfaces live longer and look better.
  • Inspect plumbing for leaks, clean aerator on faucets. Check for any small leaks around faucets and toilets. If you have poor water pressure, the aerator is probably the issue and is an easy fix.
  • Take care of any insect problems, if you have any.
  • Clean/repair deck or patio as needed. Usually, it just needs to be washed. A deck could also need to be re-stained. Also, keep an eye out for any loose boards or posts.
  • Clean out window wells of debris. All kinds of things can get down there, check and clean them out efficiently. Don’t worry about this if you don’t have a basement.
  • Check and clean dryer vent & other exhaust vents to the exterior of your home.
  • Clean garage. This should be everyone’s summer ritual. Keeping your garage clean and tidy will extend its life.

Fall

Fall is perfect for finishing up any unfinished summer maintenance and getting your home ready for winter.

  • Flush hot water heater and remove sediment. This will prolong the life of your water heater and help its efficiency.
  • Winterize air condition systems. Remove and store window units. Central air users should cover up their units with a tarp or plastic sheeting.
  • Turn off and flush outdoor water faucets.
  • Get chimney cleaned, if you have one.
  • Test sump pump.
  • Check driveway or pavement for cracks.

Winter

Winter is time for interior maintence.

  • Test your electricity to the extent you can. Remember, be extra careful when doing this.
  • Tighten any handles, knobs, racks, etc. Go around your whole home and inspect anything you can repair with a loose screw.
  • Check all locks and deadbolts on your doors and windows. Replace anything that doesn’t look right.
  • Check caulking around showers and bathtubs. Repair as needed.
  • Remove showerheads and clean sediment.
  • Deep clean and inspect your basement.