Whether you are looking to sell your home this year or just want to keep the home you own in the best shape possible, this is the checklist for you! Maintaining your home is not always easy and you may often feel overwhelmed, but don’t be! Continue reading to learn which tasks to tackle when.
Home Maintenance Tasks for Spring
Once winter is over, take advantage of the nicer weather and check the outside of your home. Cold weather can take a toll on the external parts of your home, and it is important to pay extra close attention as you are performing these tasks.
Check Your Roof and Attic
Has it been a while since your home got a new roof? If it has, check your roof for soft spots or areas that may have loose, broken or missing shingles. You can do this by grabbing a pair of binoculars and heading outside to get a good look. Your attic will also be able to give you insight. Make sure there aren’t any leaks, damaged wood, water stains, or rusted nails. If there are, call a professional to patch the areas.
Turn on Water Spigots
In the winter, you will want to turn your water spigots off before the first frost. Once spring arrives, it’s time to turn them back on and make sure all pipes are working as they should be.
Deep Clean Inside Your Home
Ahh, spring cleaning! Some dread this task and others welcome it with open arms. Whether you like it or not, spring cleaning should be done to get rid of dust, dirt, and grime build up. As you clean your home, adopt some of Marie Kondo’s tips for decluttering and organizing!
Spray for Pests
With the weather getting warmer, pests may take residence in and around your home. Have a pest professional spray your home or pick up a pest control spray from your local hardware store.
Tune Up the AC Unit
It’s wise to schedule a HVAC technician to check the health of your unit. If you decide not to, changing the air filters should be top priority. New filters should be replaced every one to three months.
Clean Gutters Out
Take time to clear out any clogged cutters. Having clean gutters prevents flooding and will allow you to get a close look at your roof. This is also a good time to check your spouting and make sure it is still in good shape or if it needs replacing.
Home Maintenance Tasks for Summer
We recommend that you complete as many tasks during the spring as you can, as summer is full of vacations, summer camps, play dates, and outdoor events. Getting most of your maintenance tasks done during the spring will bring you great relief when summer arrives. Still, there are plenty of outdoor maintenance tasks to conquer during the summer!
Clear Out Dead Plants and Trim Shrubs and Trees
If you didn’t get a chance to get to this in the spring, you will want to complete this in the early summer. Plants tend to grow quickly when the seasons change and before you know it, your whole yard might be overgrown.
Touch Up Paint and Siding
If you are planning on selling your home, touching up your paint and siding is something you will want to do sooner rather than later. You will want your home to have the refined curb appeal buyers desire, and chipped paint or missing siding may tell them the home hasn’t been maintained.
Replace Window Screens and Glass as Needed
Are there tears or snags in your window screens? If so, you will want to replace them before insects or rodents find a new entry point into your home. If your windows or panes experienced any distress over winter, you will want to replace those as well. If it’s time to replace your windows, see what upgrades will make your windows more energy efficient.
Power Wash Deck and Seal if Necessary
This task is important not only for the deck’s appearance but also for safety. If your deck is older and needs a refresh, power washing and staining can help. Once all of your patio furniture is cleared away, you may also see nails that have lifted or boards that have started to warp and need to be replaced.
Home Maintenance Tasks for Fall
With fall comes the process of winterization and preparing your home to “shut down” for the colder weather. This may seem daunting, but there really isn’t much to it. Find a warmer day in the fall to complete these tasks and you will be ready for winter.
Winterize AC Units
When you know you won’t be using your AC unit anymore, make sure you winterize it! Window units should be cleaned and stored in a safe place. If you have a central AC unit, simply shut it off, clean any debris away, cover the top of the unit with a piece of plywood to fit, cover the pipes, and schedule a tune-up. This will help your outdoor unit function better-come spring/summer when it needs to be turned back on.
Remove Hoses and Drain Outdoor Spigots
Before the first frost, make sure all of your hoses have been drained, removed, and rolled up for the winter. Once you shut off the spigots from inside, it is best to drain what is left in the pipe. Simply turn the knob on the outdoor drain to empty any water stuck between the shutoff valve inside and the nozzle outside.
Flush Out Water Heater and Test Pressure Valve
This is not necessary for every home, but if you live in a state where sediment is commonly found in the water, you will want to flush your water heater out annually. Flushing your tank will remove sediment, in turn helping your tank last longer and heat your water up faster. After your tank refills, test the temperature and pressure release valve. If the valve fails due to high tank pressure, it could explode. To amend this issue, the valve should be replaced.
Home Maintenance Tasks for Winter
Once winter comes, avoid the cold and focus on doing things inside the house. There is plenty to be done, but not too much that will make you feel overwhelmed, especially around the holidays. After performing these tasks, you may also see a difference in your energy bills too!
Install Weather Stripping
There are probably cracks within your house you aren’t aware of. Drafts sneak in through windows, doors, basements, and other spaces all throughout your home. You can buy weather stripping for just about any door or window from your local hardware store. Line the seals to decrease the amount of air that flows through. To fill cracks or holes everywhere else, you can use caulk or epoxy to plug those areas.
Vacuum Fridge Coils
Dust collects on the evaporator coils that are located on the bottom or backside of your fridge. This dust will act more like a blanket and inhibit the function of the coils to keep the inside of the fridge cool. Simply unplug your fridge and remove the grill on the bottom to clean it. If the coils are in the back, just move your fridge away from the wall and vacuum the coils off.
Check Fire Alarm and Radon Batteries
Fire alarm and radon batteries usually have a long lifespan. If you can’t remember when these batteries were replaced, it’s probably time to replace them. Thankfully, these devices notify us when their batteries are dead, but it’s always good to replace them before a squealing alert begins.
There are many maintenance tasks included in this list. In order to make sure you conquer them all, print or save this checklist to reference throughout the year as the seasons change. Keeping your house, appliances, and property in top shape will help prevent an unexpected repair or an emergency, while also saving you money.