Home maintenance is a never-ending process. From cleaning out gutters to replacing batteries in smoke detectors, there’s always something in the house that needs to be done. Do you know what you should do to maintain your house? Do you know when to do it? Here’s a seasonal house maintenance checklist to help you stay on top of your home maintenance.
Spring Home Maintenance
Inspect the Exterior
The spring is the perfect time to assess the exterior of the house. Take notes of any damage you spot, such as pooling water, cracks on windows and doors, foundation damage, problem spots on the roof, and more. If the problems are serious, then find a handyman who can help.
Clean out the Gutters
Find yourself a ladder and get rid of the leaves and debris in the gutters. Be sure to have someone accompany you if you are going for a DIY gutter cleaning project. Gutters are generally located high up so for safety you need someone to be nearby standing close to your ladder on the ground as well.
Schedule a Service Call for the AC
Now is the right time to call up an HVAC crew to maintain your air conditioning. You want to make sure that your AC is up and running when the warm weather kicks in. This is also especially important if anyone in your home has allergies as you’ll be able to close the windows and still enjoy cool air.
Take time to trim back trees and shrubs. Pay special attention to trees near power lines. Consider calling the experts if any are close to power lines.
Summer Home Maintenance
Clean Behind the Fridge
It can get quite dusty behind your fridge! Overtime when it hasn’t been cleaned dust will build up here. Come summer takes some time to pull out your fridge away from the wall and clean out behind it to make sure it runs smoothly.
Check the Drains
Inspect the drains of your home for leaks. Check washing machine valves, look under the sink, and inspect any outdoor faucets.
Get rid of the lint and debris from the washer and dryer, and use a vacuum cleaner to get rid of lint buried deep in the house.
Replace Batteries in Alarms and Safety Devices
Replace the batteries in the carbon monoxide and smoke detectors in your house. Don’t forget to test them to make sure they are working properly.
Fall Home Maintenance
Flush the Hot Water Heater
Your hot water heater needs to be flushed annually to get rid of any build-up in the tank.
Seal Your Deck
Sealing your wooden decks and patios ensure that they are protected against harsh winter weather. If you live in a relatively dry area then you can get away with sealing your deck every other year. For warmer climates, it’s best to do it once a year.
Schedule a Service Call for the Heating System
Make sure that your heating system is checked out ready for the cold temperatures coming.
Inspect the Driveway
Make the most out of your driveway by sealing up any cracks you can see. Do this for your walkways too. The freeze-thaw cycle of winter causes damage to driveways if they haven’t been sealed properly and snow gets in.
Seal Cracks in Windows and Doors
Now is the time to seal any cracks in your windows and doors to prevent heat loss in the winter.
Winter Home Maintenance
Check the grout and seals in the bathroom for problems that need to be fixed, including cleaning showerheads.
Clean Garbage Disposal
Mix some vinegar and water into an ice cube tray to make “disposable cubes” you can use for cleaning the garbage disposal. Just toss them in and turn the machine on.
Clear out your closets and go through the old boxes in the basement to make the home more livable. You’re going to be staying in more over the winter after all.
Take some time each month to do a little maintenance in your house and find a handyman for the tough jobs. No doubt there’s something you can do to make your home a better place. Why not take care of it now?
Liam Smith is a young and aspiring Australian blogger with a passion for everything related to home improvement, wellness and lifestyle. He has a B.Sc. in Interior design and is an avid reader. https://twitter.com/LiamSmith2034https://www.linkedin.com/in/liamsmith2034