Home Maintenance Checklist

A handy checklist to stay on top of home maintenance chores and inspections so you can avoid many repairs later on.

SPRING (April - June)

  • Clean your gutters and ensure proper flow. They’ve likely accumulated leaves from the fall and grime/sediment from the winter snows and/or rains.
  • Inspect roof for damaged shingles and clear debris.
  • Check flashing and re-seal as needed.
  • Inspect exterior for any rotting wood and repair as needed.
  • Check deck/porch for any loose boards or posts and repair as needed.
  • Inspect and replace as needed any bad caulking around windows, doors, siding joints, etc.
  • Get your air conditioning system ready for summer; consider having it serviced.
  • Wash windows, repair/replace screens as needed.
  • Check caulk or seal between house foundation and driveway, repair as needed.
  • Oil garage door tracks.
  • Trim trees, bushes, and shrubs. (Wait until spring-flowering shrubs have finished blooming.) Check trees for interference with electric lines.
  • Clear dead plants/shrubs from the house.
  • Check the exterior drainage. Puddles should not stand around your home for more than 24 hours.
  • Flush water heater to remove sediment from the bottom of the tank

SUMMER (July - August)

  • Clean your gutters and ensure proper flow.
  • Scrape, prime, and paint any areas on house or garage that are in need, especially any bare wood. (Note: If your house was built before 1978, your house's paint may contain lead. Some states require an EPA certified contractor to remove and dispose of lead-laced paint.)
  • If the house or garage doesn't need paint, wash exterior off at least once.
  • Look for visible signs of carpenter ants, termites, or other destructive insects and take care of any insect problems you may have..
  • Check all flat roofs and recoat or seal as needed, especially flashing.
  • Check for mortar that needs repair (including chimney mortar and inside fireplace,) and tuckpoint or repair as needed.
  • Check concrete drive, sidewalks, patios, and landings for condition and level; patch cracks, level, and/or replace, as needed.
  • Check concrete drive, sidewalks, patios, and landings for condition and level; patch cracks, level, and/or replace, as needed.
  • Check grout in bathrooms, kitchen, etc.; repair as needed. This will prolong the life of your tiled surface.
  • Clean carpets, wax tile and hardwood floors Choose water-base finishes in the correct type of wax for your floor and its finish.
  • Check and clean dryer vent, other exhaust vents to exterior of home.

FALL (September - October):

  • Have chimney cleaned (yearly, if wood burning; every 5 years if just for gas appliances.)
  • Check damper in fireplace for obstructions, such as bird nests.
  • Scrape loose window glazing and replace as needed.
  • Check weatherstripping and glazing on all doors and windows, and repair as needed.
  • Get heating system ready for winter. Get furnace serviced/inspected at least every other year, preferably annually.
  • Turn off and flush outdoor water faucets. Also flush hoses and store them. Winterize sprinkler systems as well, if you have one.
  • Test sump pump and make sure all garage floor or driveway drains are flowing properly.
  • Check driveway/pavement for cracks. Make sure to repair before winter; water can freeze and expand in the cracks, causing more damage.
  • Clean and reseal decks, fences, or other structures made of pressure-treated wood.
  • Prune bushes, trees, and shrubs (except spring-flowering shrubs.)

Winter

  • Repair any interior wall damage and touch up or repaint as needed.
  • Remove showerheads and clean sediment. This prolongs its life and helps with water pressure as well.
  • Inspect plumbing for leaks, clean aerators on faucets.
  • Check all locks and deadbolts on your doors and windows. Replace, as needed.
  • Test that your electrical outlets are in working order.
  • Regularly check for ice dams and icicles - these can damage your gutter system.
  • Check caulking around showers and bathtubs and repair as needed.
  • Inspect the basement for moisture and mold.
  • At winter’s end, re-open interior valves supplying outdoor water pipes.
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