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Our Comprehensive Home Maintenance Checklist

January 4, 2021

Owning a home is a milestone achievement for anyone, but it also comes with a certain amount of responsibility. You must find a home maintenance checklist that fits your needs and home’s specifications. Consistent preventative maintenance helps you stay on top of proper upkeep on your house and stave off costly repairs. 

In this article, we’ll walk through all of the different home maintenance projects you should complete on the following schedule:

  1. Monthly
  2. Seasonal (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter) 
  3. Annual

While not all of these tasks will apply to your exact home, we do believe this checklist gives you a strong base from which you can begin to care for the largest investment of your life.

Monthly Home Maintenance 

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If you look closely at this list, you might see some familiar faces, as many of these tips frequently appear on both your typical energy efficiency and household chores list. There are several good reasons for this, but most of them fall under the heading of “Take care of your home on a regular basis.”

  • Change out HVAC filter
  • Clean the dryer lint trap
  • Vacuum air vents
  • Vacuum the floors and carpets
  • Mow the yard
  • Complete regular landscaping
  • Clean the pool
  • Clean the faucets and showerheads
  • Dust ceiling fans
  • Clean the dishwasher filter
  • Clean the garbage disposal
  • Dust the blinds
  • Clean the oven exhaust vent
  • Check for leaks in plumbing
  • Dust light fixtures
  • Inspect exterior for damage after any storm

Another way to describe this list is a preventative home maintenance checklist. When you take care of these chores consistently — according to the best schedule for you and your family — you actively keep your house from falling apart. Because as any home repair expert can tell you, the only thing worse than a one-time, out-of-the-blue accident you can’t prepare for is a slow-burning problem you ignored through inaction.

Seasonal Home Maintenance 

Any experienced homeowner knows there is always a project to complete around the house. To stay on track with your proactive home maintenance, you should break up the tasks by season. Some work must be done in a given season to prepare for the next one, while others are there because it’s the right temperature and climate.

Spring

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Many of these projects consist of assessing what the cold weather did to your home during winter. The others help you prepare for the soon-approaching summer heat. Luckily, spring weather is typically pleasant, so finishing this work shouldn’t be too unbearable or uncomfortable. And if you escaped the winter storms without any problems, then you can accomplish most of these tasks in a couple of weekends.

  • Hire professional air conditioner maintenance
  • Put away winter supplies
  • Clean patio and install outdoor gear
  • Clean gutters and downspouts
  • Prep the pool
  • Prep the lawn and garden
  • Drain and flush the water heater
  • Inspect the roof
  • Prep sprinkler system
  • Prune back trees and large bushes
  • Check the plumbing
  • Check the foundation
  • Complete any exterior repairs caused by winter storms

Remember: you should never be afraid of calling a professional to help with these projects. If you can’t do them already, then you run the risk of causing yourself pain and financial hardship by doing unskilled work. BuildFBG offers FBG Home Care as a single-source solution for all your home maintenance needs. 

Summer

The heat has arrived in full force, and the kids are home from school. That means it’s time for projects the whole family can do. From hosing dirt off the house and sweeping the concrete to slapping on a fresh coat of paint and pulling weeds, summer is all about making memories with shared labor.

  • Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Tend to your garden
  • Switch ceiling fan directions to blow down
  • Assemble a hurricane disaster kit
  • Defrost freezers
  • Check the siding
  • Wash the house
  • Paint the exterior
  • Clean the garage
  • Oil the garage door chain
  • Oil all door hinges

Be intentional about the emergency kit you prepare at this time, and don’t wait until an emergency has arrived to begin assembling supplies.

Fall

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Leaves are falling, the trees are turning, and the air is cooling. That means it’s time to get your home ready for winter. Get that heater examined, and be sure your chimney and fireplace are ready for Santa and a few logs. You should also take the time to store your summer supplies safely while preparing your winter gear for use.

  • Hire a professional for heater maintenance
  • Hire a professional for fireplace and chimney maintenance
  • Air-seal windows and doors
  • Clean gutters and downspouts
  • Prep garden for winter
  • Rake leaves
  • Drain and store garden hoses
  • Shut down the sprinkler system
  • Shut down pool
  • Wrap your pipes

It takes a good deal of work to protect your home from the potential ravages of winter. All it takes is one burst pipe when the temperature drops to ruin the next few months and cause untold damage to your home and finances. Thus, losing a couple of long weekends to a few projects might just be worth it in the long run.

Winter

If you did everything we recommended in the fall, your winter months should be comparably relaxing. What remains is a host of indoor tasks you probably could do any other time of the year, but we recommend them here because they keep you indoors instead of tromping around in the cold.

  • Switch ceiling fan directions to draw air up
  • Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Complete yard work as needed
  • Vacuum refrigerator and freezer coils
  • Replace all showerhead washers
  • Clean sink drains
  • Clean and seal all bathtub and shower grout

Pay special attention to your home after a big storm passes through or you experience several consecutive days of colder-than-normal temperatures. You might need to clear your gutters, de-ice your concrete, remove snow and ice from your roof, and more. If you address minor situations when they occur, you prevent them from turning into something more formidable down the road. 

Yearly Home Maintenance 

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Homeowners also have to contend with several other periodic tasks that don’t necessarily correspond with a specific season. This section of our home maintenance checklist contains a range of projects you should complete once a year. We’ll leave it up to you to determine the best times for you and your family.

  • Deep-clean the fridge
  • Deep-clean the freezer
  • Clean sliding door tracks
  • Restock cleaning supplies
  • Inspect your fire extinguisher(s)
  • Repair damaged screens
  • Check doors for loose screws
  • Schedule an electrical inspection
  • Check locks for security
  • Check windows latches for stability
  • Clean dryer vent
  • Hire a pest control professional
  • Check the safety reverse function on your garage door

As with many of the other assignments we discussed above, we encourage you to lump several together into a single day rather than stringing them out. After all, you only need to do them once a year, so why not get them over with quickly?

Just do yourself a favor and write down when you did the work so you can do it again next year in the same relative time frame.

Don’t Be Afraid of DIY Home Maintenance

As we said before, doing this work yourself is all about proactively preventing problems from happening rather than reacting when something breaks. It’s peace of mind that you control on your terms.