The Annual Homeowner’s Maintenance Checklist

The maintenance needs of your home change with every new season of the year because each season brings a particular set of challenges to the systems and structures of the home. That is why you should vary your maintenance routine to suit the time of the year to keep maintenance issues in your home to a minimum.

What are the key issues your home is exposed to during spring, summer, fall, and winter? How do you stay abreast of the long list of jobs to do in the house? This simple checklist will help you answer these questions. McCaw Property Management suggests that you follow some of the tips below to keep your home in top shape at all times during the year.

Monthly home maintenance tasks

  • Test safety and security features; smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, and GFCI.
  • Do general cleaning for the kitchen with particular attention to appliances.
  • Do detailed landscaping maintenance; trim tree branches, remove weeds, and tend to flower beds.
  • Do a visual inspection of the plumbing. Check for discoloration, cracking, sweaty pipes, and slow drains.
  • Do a walkthrough of the entire house, including the outdoors. Inspect the foundation and seldom-seen areas like attics and crawlspaces.
  • View the roof from across the street. Give attention to the roof ridge; make sure it is straight. Check the roof surface for missing or damaged shingles, moss, and mildew.

Spring home maintenance checklist

  • Rake the yard to remove leaves. Fertilize and reseed your lawn and lay down mulch for flowerbeds.
  • Check plumbing for leaks. Remove insulation on external faucets and inspect for damage before you turn them on.
  • Clean the snow blower and drain the fuel before you store it. Get out the lawnmower and service it in readiness for spring lawn care.
  • Check the roof for missing, loose or damaged shingles. Check gutters and downspouts to make sure they can handle the spring rain.
  • Check your deck for cracked wood or loose nails. Clean the boards before you reseal and stain them.
  • Power wash the home’s exterior – siding, walkways, driveways, and garage floor. To avoid damage, do not power wash the roof yourself; hire an expert to do it.
  • Test the sump pump to make sure it is ready for spring.
  • Have the air conditioning serviced in preparation for summer.

Summer home maintenance checklist

Summer home maintenance checklist
  • Make lawn weed removal a weekly affair. Ramp up lawn irrigation for the hot summer months.
  • Turn ceiling fan blades counterclockwise to push air downward instead of upwards.
  • Make sure you service the AC; it will be running a lot.
  • Prepare your home for the heat by inspecting the weather stripping around doors and windows.
  • Make your home pest-proof; seal holes, inspect seldom-used areas of the home, such as the attic, and call an exterminator, if necessary.
  • If there are any significant repairs or home improvements you would like to do, this is the time to do them.

Fall home maintenance checklist

  • Fall is the season for intense raking; to keep the lawn from being smothered by leaves and prevent mold.
  • Gutters and downspouts need a lot of attention during fall. They can easily get overwhelmed by fallen leaves.
  • Inspect the roof for loose and broken tiles or loose flashing. Fix these before the first snowfall.
  • Shut down your sprinkler system and drain the remaining water from hoses and external faucets. Insulate the shut-off valve and all external faucets.
  • Service the furnace and air conditioning. Inspect and also service the ductwork. Make sure furnace vents are not blocked.
  • Have the chimney inspected and swept if you did not do it in spring?
  • Inspect windows and doors to ensure there are no drafts around their edges.

Winter home maintenance checklist

Winter home maintenance checklist
  • Inspect the heating system and change the air filters, if necessary.
  • Take preventive actions to ensure water pipes are not frozen in winter; insulate pipes (if possible) and keep the thermostat at a constant temperature.
  • Prepare for possible blackouts by purchasing a power generator and servicing it occasionally to keep it in good working condition.
  • Prepare for winter storms; stock up on food and water, gas for the snow blower, and wood for the fireplace. Check your emergency supply kit.
  • Inspect the exterior of your home regularly for ice dams; look out for icicles.
  • Use snow-melt products with care: they can damage your plants or hurt your pets.
  • If you will be away from your home, set the thermostat to a minimum of 55 degrees.

Lastly, note that the above tips are by no means comprehensive; it is impossible to address every conceivable maintenance issue that can happen in your home within this short post. If you are dealing with a specific issue and the problem is not included in this list, please reach out to us and we would be most happy to help.

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