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Jan 14, 2019

Home Maintenance Checklist


Nothing beats the feeling you get when you first move into your new home.

There’s a great sense of personal accomplishment when you become a homeowner. There’s also an overwhelming sense of responsibility (and not just financially). Despite the benefits of homeownership, a home requires a lot of time-consuming upkeep all year round.

With homeownership comes a long list of monthly, seasonal and semi-annual maintenance objectives for your home. These can range from normal upkeep for cleanliness to preventative maintenance for issues regarding natural seasonal occurrences, like drastic temperature changes during warm or cold months. With a little direction, you can establish a nice routine and keep your home in great shape.  Performing light maintenance regularly can help to avoid issues that take longer to fix.

Use this checklist to help you stay on top of your home maintenance:

Monthly Maintenance

[  ] Clean/unclog sink and tub drains
[  ] Inspect and/or replace HVAC filters
[  ] Check fire extinguisher levels
[  ] Check water softener
[  ] Clean range hood filters

Quarterly Maintenance

[  ] Clean faucet aerators
[  ] Test smoke/carbon dioxide detectors
[  ] Clean drain gates for floor and outdoor
[  ] Run water and test toilets in guest rooms or unused areas

Seasonal Maintenance (Fall)

[  ] Drain and cover your pool 
[  ] Replace the batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors
[  ] Clean the carpets
[  ] Clean windows and door screens
[  ] Inspect fireplace for damage or potential hazards
[  ] Clean out dryer vents
[  ] Inspect your home for peeling paint
[  ] Caulk windows to seal air leaks
[  ] Winterize your air conditioning systems
[  ] Clean and prep heating systems for winter

Seasonal Maintenance (Winter)

[  ] Clean your basement and perform inspection for mold
[  ] Inspect the outside of your home for ice patches/icicles (address as you see them)
[  ] Tighten any loose items in your home (knobs, racks, handles, etc.)
[  ] Inspect and replace any locks or deadbolts that aren’t working properly
[  ] Check caulking in bathroom sinks, bathtubs and showers
[  ] Inspect the foundation of your home

Seasonal Maintenance (Spring)

[  ]  Uncover and treat your pool 
[  ] Replace the batteries in your carbon monoxide detectors
[  ] Clean the carpets throughout your home
[  ] Clean windows and door screens
[  ] Inspect fireplace for damage or potential hazards
[  ] Service your air conditioner
[  ] Remove any dead plants or shrubs from around the house
[  ] Clean out gutters

Seasonal Maintenance (Summer)

[  ] Determine if there are any leaks in your plumbing
[  ] Clean and repair your deck/patio
[  ] Focus on outdoor home improvements (painting, landscaping, deck work)
[  ] Inspect and clean outdoor exhaust vents
[  ] Complete roofing projects
[  ] Clean your garage

It’s important to note that not all homes require the same amount of maintenance. You may have equipment, furniture, appliances or other items custom to your home that require different levels of upkeep. As you get ready to tackle your home maintenance, be sure to add your own items to the list to ensure your home is well-kept.


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