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Make an Annual Home Maintenance Checklist

Home maintenance can be a daunting task. Luckily we live in an age where a quick google search will bring you all the answers you could possibly want. And even luckier for you, you have us here at Core Group Realty, always looking for ways to help you in your home ownership journey.

With the winter months fast approaching I started thinking about routine home maintenance and what needs to happen in my own home before the freezing temperatures hit. I did some research and found countless helpful articles that laid it out simply. By creating an annual home maintenance checklist you can keep yourself organized and on schedule with all the maintenance tasks that your home requires. It is best to sort out that list by monthly, quarterly, semiannually or biannually, and annually. You can create a calendar online or to have in view somewhere in your home to remind you of what maintenance tasks you have coming up. By following a regular maintenance routine for your home you are saving yourself a lot of possible issues and major problems. You will never regret being on top of something as important as this!

Well, let's break it down....

Monthly 

  • Check fire extinguisher if applicable to your home
  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Change air filters in the heating and air conditioning system of your home
  • Clean range hood filters to avoid possible grease fires
  • Trim back any shrubbery or plant growth around the outdoor HVAC unit by at least 18 inches
  • Clean sink disposal, try a lemon or vinegar ice cubes 

Quarterly 

  • Check and wipe down sliding doors and window tracks
  • Replace batteries in smoke detectors
  • Test garage door auto reverse feature
  • Run water and flush toilets in unused spaces
  • Check water softener, add salt if needed

Biannually

  • Clear gutters of spring and fall foliage
  • Power wash windows and siding
  • Schedule seasonal service of the HVAC system before both summer and winter

Annually

  • Vacuum refrigerator coils
  • Inspect and insulate pipes to protect them from freezing
  • Trim trees and shrubs away from the home's exterior
  • Check grouting in kitchen and bathroom 
  • Test your water heater's pressure relief valve
  • Repair or replace damaged window screens
  • Check trees for interference with electric lines
  • Inspect roofing for damage, leaks, etc. 
  • Check and clean dryer vent and other exhaust vents 
  • Check caulking around showers and bathtubs 
  • Check weather stripping on doors

All experts opinions will vary, however any schedule that you put together consisting of the maintence tasks above will greatly decrease your chances of running into some very expensive issues later on.  If you have found this article helpful or interesting be sure to check our blog weekly for new postings. We are here to bring you current, helpful and informative information. 

 

Blog by Hailey Miller

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