A key to protecting the investment you’ve made in your home is by following a regular home maintenance schedule. By performing preventative maintenance on an on-going basis, you’ll avoid many of the big ticket repair items that can lower the value of your home. Home Maintenance
Here are helpful checklists for monthly and Fall maintenance.
- Test your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector.
- Check the filters on your heating and cooling systems. Be sure to clean and change according to the manufacturer’s schedule.
- If you have a humidifier or an electronic air filter, check these as well.
- Check faucets for drips. Check plumbing for leaks.
Smoke Alarm/Carbon Monoxide Detector
- Change the batteries in both. This should be done twice a year.
Furnace / Heating System
- Have your system serviced by a qualified service company.
- If you have electric baseboard heaters, vacuum them to remove dust.
- Remove the grills on forced air systems and vacuum inside the ducts.
- If you use a portable humidifier, it’s time to clean it.
- Extend its life expectancy by draining a gallon or two of water from your home water heater at least twice a year.
Windows and Doors
- Put up storm windows.
- Remove screens from the inside of casement windows to allow air from the heating system to keep condensation off window glass.
- Ensure windows and skylights close tightly.
- Make sure all doors to the outside shut tightly. Renew weather stripping as required.
- Check your chimney for obstructions, such as bird’s nests.
- Clean gutters and test downspouts to ensure proper drainage from the roof.
- Make sure the ground around your home slopes away from the foundation wall. Remove mulch from the foundation wall as well. This helps prevent water damage.
- Drain the store outdoor hoses. Prepare your outdoor faucet for winter freezes.
- Protect young trees and bushes for winter and winterize gardens.
- Trim shrubs and trees so that they clear the foundation, exterior walls, and roof of the house.
- Store outdoor furniture.
Well / Septic Tank
- If you have well water, test the water quality. Testing for bacteria twice a year is suggested.
- If you have a septic tank, measure the sludge and scum to determine if the tank needs to be emptied before spring. As a general rule, septic tanks should be pumped out at least once every three years.
See also: Winter Checklist, Spring Checklist, Summer Checklist