A home is the largest investment that most people will make in their lives. Make sure that is stays in tip-top shape by staying on top of its maintenance.

Home Maintenance Checklist


In the spring:

  • Clear gutters of debris.
  • Inspect your roof and chimney.
  • Wash your windows, and check the window screens.
  • Thoroughly clean your home, and clear and clutter.
  • Paint your home's exterior.
  • Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Change the batteries in them if necessary.

 

In the summer:

  • Install window air conditioners.
  • Clean the filters in your home's HVAC system.
  • Drain/flush your water heater.
  • Open crawl space vents.
  • Look for insect problems, especially termite damage.

 

In the fall:

  • Clear gutters of debris before the weather changes.
  • Inspect the roof.
  • Have your chimney cleaned and inspected, if you didn't do it in the spring.
  • Check for leaks and drafts, and repair them.
  • Get your furnace inspected and repaired.
  • Install storm windows.
  • Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Change the batteries in them if necessary.

 

In the winter:

  • Cover your central air conditioning unit, or remove your window air conditioners.
  • Change/clean furnace filters.
  • Clean your kitchen appliances.
  • Clean your drains.
  • Close crawl space vents.

3 Benefits of Maintaining Your Home

1. Prevent costly repairs. Home repairs can be expensive if they're not caught in time. Maintaining your home can help you find and correct potential problems before they take a chunk out of your wallet.

2. Keep your home and its systems humming. Staying on top of home maintenance ensures that your home and its systems work well when you need them.

3. Improve salability of the home. Most buyers want a home that's been well taken care of, and will pay closer to list price for it.