What To Do Seasonally To Maintain Your Home
Working with a year-long checklist could help organize your home maintenance and keep you from forgetting important tasks. When you break it down from season to season, the tasks may not seem as overwhelming, and may help you manage costs.
Here are just a few jobs to consider as you go through the year:
- Coming snowstorms means you have to inspect your roof and gutters in advance. Look for leaks and damage. Clear debris.
- Basement: check for leaks and moisture where it shouldn’t be. If there is a snow/ice thaw, it could mean trouble.
- Check the electrical wires of your holiday decorations.
- Your hot water heater may be working overtime. Check it in advance for leaks and puddles.
- Declutter while you’re spending more time indoors.
- Spring cleaning! Make it meaningful: clean windows, dust, polish, mop and rid yourself of clutter.
- Check your roof again. Did the winter bring any damage or leaks? Be sure to clean your gutters of all of the winter debris.
- Time to check your HVAC systems, before summer arrives. Your air conditioning will be ready to go on the first warm night.
- Inspect and clean your air conditioner filters.
- Inspect your fire extinguisher and smoke detectors.
- Inspect your lawn mower.
- Have your trees inspected for infestation, and roots that could interfere with your sidewalks, driveways, and underground pipes.
- Reseed your lawn. Fill in the bald spots.
- Wash your screens before replacing them for the spring.
- Inspect your kids’ swing set for rust and loose parts. The set should be placed firmly and solidly in the ground. No swaying or shaking.
- Reseal your wooden deck.
- Your windows and screens may be open now more than other times of the year. Check them for locks, damage, cracks and tears. Make sure they function properly.
- Do a walk-around, looking for leaks and cracks on your property.
- Is the ground around your pool soggy? Could mean a leak.
- Bring items inside for the winter, including plants, toys and patio furniture.
- Have a gas-powered lawn mower? Drain the gas out before you park it in the garage for the winter.
- Your fireplace is about to get some use. Make sure the flues and vents are clear and clean.
- Cover your pool.
- Cover your air conditioner unit.
- Rake your leaves to avoid drain clogs.
- Bring in your garden hoses.
- Caulk or seal the areas around your windows and doors to avoid cracks.
- Mow your lawn one last time.
- Schedule a service call with your HVAC professional for a thorough inspection.
- Test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Clean your shower/sink drains and outdoor drains.
- Check your HVAC filters.
- Keep an eye on your utility bills for unusual spikes in energy usage. It could mean that something is wrong.
- Check your dryer filter ducts and remove the lint.
Being proactive about your home’s health and well being will protect it and possibly help you avoid some unexpected emergencies. If you are unable to do these fixes yourself, ask family and friends for highly recommended professionals who can come by and help.