The Ultimate Annual Home Maintenance Checklist

Written by Divine Magazine

Every property requires routine maintenance to keep it in excellent shape and avoid potential problems, which may be costly. Keeping up with house maintenance is a year-round task. And by keeping everything in good condition, your home will remain safe and livable. Also, keep in mind, that it’s advisable to postpone some work until the right season. 

There is a long list of things to remember that need to be on your yearly maintenance list. And it can be overwhelming, especially if you’re a first-time homeowner. So, the smartest thing you can do for yourself is to, create a checklist for home maintenance. Your budget will appreciate if you follow the list. Here are some suggestions for your ultimate annual home maintenance checklist.

Fall Home Maintenance

As you know the goal of fall home maintenance is to get the house ready for the winter season. Be aver that winter will rapidly make you aware of everything you neglected to bring in order during the fall. For the start, it is best to, examine both the interior and exterior of your home. 

  • Gutters – after the leaves have fallen have those gutters cleaned and inspected. Before winter arrives, any repairs that need to be made to the gutters or downspouts should be completed.
  •  Roof – for any loose or damaged tiles. 
  • Chimney – clean it and inspect it before you start using your fireplace or your furnace.
  •  Entire house insulation – whether it be fiberglass or spray foam, is a crucial aspect of house maintenance that shouldn’t be overlooked. 
  • Heating system-Before the start of the heating season, schedule an inspection for the late summer or early fall
  • Windows and doorsExamine the windows and doors for drafts.

Winter Home Maintenance

During the winter, you should focus on damage control, maintaining the integrity of the roof, and preventing ice dams. Winter weather can be harsh on your house. A few of the problems that below-freezing temperatures may cause include frozen pipes and roof damage.

  • Air conditioning – inspect the air conditioner’s filters and covers.
  • Leaks and drafts – cover windows you won’t be using with bubble wrap, weatherstripping around windows and doors, insulation over mail slots, and pet doors.
  • After a storm, check the roof, gutters, and downspouts for damage.
  • Refrigerator: Vacuum and clean the coils in the refrigerator and freezer, as well as the drip trays.
  • Deep Clean– You may want to give your home a thorough cleaning since you’ll be spending more time inside during the winter.
  • Sink – Dishwashers, tubs, showers, and sink drains should all be cleaned.

Spring Home Maintenance

Cleaning up the dirt and damage from winter is the main focus of spring house care. Remember that spring is not the time to begin outside chores, such as painting the house, because the weather is still unpredictable.

  • Exterior – inspect roofing for missing, loose, or damaged shingles and leaks.
  • Deck -Clean it up with a sweeper. Look for signs of loose nails and cracked wood while inspecting your deck.
  • Chimney – clean it and inspect for damage.
  • Air-conditioning – spring is the perfect time for complete service.
  • Batteries – Replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors; if you don’t have sensors, it is the right time to install them.
  • Gutters – clean your gutters and drainage holes to improve water flow and prevent any moisture from entering your walls.
  • Attic- Inspect for any signs of leaks or pests.

Summer Home Maintenance

Summertime is perfect to make all necessary home siding repairs. Extreme repairs that were uncomfortable to complete in other seasons because of the colder weather are now possible in the summer.

  • Repaint the exterior and perform any necessary siding repairs.
  • Keep up and clean your sundeck outside.
  • Sprinklers – in the summer, your plants require more water, so inspect your sprinkler system.
  • Doors – lubricate the garage door, the chain, the garage door, and all of the door hinges.
  • Look for leaks around toilets, and cabinets in the kitchen and bathroom.
  • Clean the dryer vents and washer hoses on the inside and outside.
  • If necessary, replace the washers on the interior and exterior taps and showerheads.
  • Keep your wooden fences clean and sealed.

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