Home Maintenance Checklist
Your home is your biggest investment. It’s also a roof over your head, a place to raise a family, run a business or throw a party. It is, in short, central to your daily life. To provide years of worry-free shelter, your home demands proper maintenance and care.
With life sometimes moving so fast it’s easy to forget about these common maintenance tasks, which can sometimes lead to costly repairs. Neighborly is here to help homeowners stay on top of routine maintenance tasks with this home maintenance schedule.
The Ultimate Home Maintenance Checklist
Change Your HVAC Filters
Your furnace circulates air throughout your home. Special furnace filters remove allergens, dust and debris from your indoor air. These filters should be changed every 2 to 4 months, depending on the HVAC system you have and whether you have pets or smokers in the house. Filters come in different sizes for different systems. If you need help changing your filter, or need to run a maintenance check on your HVAC system, contact your local Aire Serv Heating & Air Conditioning.
Inspect Your Double Pane Windows
Whether you’ve noticed condensation between your window panes or a milky appearance to the glass, it’s a good idea to inspect your double pane windows for broken seals. We recommend taking care of this before the temperature drops. According to Glass Doctor, windows can account for 25% of your home’s heat loss. Contact your local glass repair expert for a free estimate.
Deep Clean Your Bathroom and Kitchen
Here’s an understatement: keeping a home clean and clutter free can be a challenge. That’s why we recommend performing a deep cleaning at least once a year. Some areas of the home need it more than others – the kitchens, bathrooms. Consider hiring a professional cleaning service to hit those areas that you’d rather not tackle. Contact your local Molly Maid to request a free estimate.
Inspect Your Major Appliances
If you think about it, your appliances do the lion’s share of the workload around the house, and never ask for much in return. To work properly, however, they do need maintenance from time to time.
- Refrigerator / Freezer – Keep condenser coils free of dust and change the fresh air and water filter (if equipped) to ensure years of reliable service. Ensure the fridge gasket is also clean and sealing properly.
- Dishwasher – Clean your dishwasher’s filter, if it has one, to remove hard water deposits. And don’t forget to clean out the food trap. We also recommend running it on empty with 1 cup vinegar and ½ cup baking soda to remove buildup. Perform these tasks every three months.
- Oven / Range – Keep these appliances free of grease and grime. Ensure your hood vent fan filter is regularly cleaned by soaking it in boiling hot water with dish soap at least twice a year.
- Washer / Dryer – Check your exhaust vent annually and keep it free of lint to prevent a fire hazard. Wash the washing machine quarterly (yes, really!) on a hot cycle with a mixture of 1 cup vinegar and 1/2 cup baking soda to remove buildup.
And if you notice anything suspicious while inspecting your appliances, or need help repairing a broken appliance, we recommend calling the experts at Mr. Appliance. Ask about their affordable flat rate pricing.
Check Your Drains and Water Pressure
Clear / unclog slow drains before they become a major problem. Be sure to clean faucet aerators of calcium buildup. It’s also important to look for less obvious plumbing problems. You can do this by checking your water pressure with a pressure gauge annually to avoid putting unnecessary stress on your plumbing. If it reads high, you’ll need to service your water pressure regulator. If you need an expert’s opinion, contact your local Mr. Rooter – they never charge extra on weekends or holidays!
Clean Your Carpets & Air Ducts
In addition to regularly vacuuming carpeted areas throughout your home, we recommend getting high-trafficked areas professionally cleaned at least once a year. This maintenance task goes a long way to extending the life of your carpets – and keeps your home smelling fresh! Some carpet cleaning companies also perform air duct cleaning, which should be performed every 3-5 years. According to Rainbow International, dirty air ducts not only spread dust and pet dander throughout your home, they also reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system. Call your local home restoration professionals for more information.
Test Your GFCI Outlets
GFCI is short for “ground fault circuit interrupters.” The purpose of these outlets is stop the flow of electricity when an imbalance is detected. Basically, it protects you from the risk of electrical shock. Test outlets once a month, especially those located in moist environments. Mr. Electric recommends testing the outlets by hitting the “test” button. Next, plug in a small night-light. The outlet should be dead. If the night-light has power after the “test” button is pressed, the outlet should be replaced. Restore power by hitting the “reset” button. Having trouble? Contact your local electrician for help.
Touch Up the Exterior Paint
Painting your house is one of the easiest maintenance tasks to put off. But a properly kept home exterior not only looks great, it prolongs the life of your home. Typical maintenance intervals vary with the quality of the paint and the type of wood surface, but typically a home should be repainted every 3-7 years. If you don’t want to set aside a weekend (or week!) to repaint your home, call the professionals at Five Star Painting for a free estimate and a two-year warranty.
Wash Your Windows, Inside and Out
Keep your windows clean and spot free with regular interior and exterior window cleanings. This is especially important in areas high in pollen. Sure, glass cleaner and a rag may do the trick, but a squeegee and a soapy bucket of water give even better results. Keeping windows clean helps maintain your home’s efficiency and keeps windows and seals lasting longer. For a longer-lasting clean, consider hiring a professional glass cleaning company like Window Genie. They’ll even give you a free quote.
Stay on Top of Your Landscaping
Curb appeal is great for the neighbors, your property value and your own sense of enjoyment, and a home only looks as good as the landscape that surrounds it. Rake and remove the leaves from your yard every fall. The raking motion thatches the grass and removes dead organic matter at the same time. Try to maintain a consistent watering schedule during the summer months. Instead of short frequent cycles, water longer and less frequently. Keep a consistent mowing regime, and alter the direction you mow every week. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, talk to your local Grounds Guys for some help!
Pressure Wash Your Deck/Siding, Clean Your Gutters
Keeping a home in tip-top shape ultimately demands a handyman skillset. According to Mr. Handyman, pressure washing not only helps your home look beautiful, it can also reduce wear and tear by getting rid of mold, algae, chalk, insects, weeds and more. And while you’re at it, get out the ladder and clean your gutters – but be careful up there! Call your local handyman if you don’t own a pressure washer or don’t like heights.
Be a Responsible Homeowner
Maintaining your home and property is a huge responsibility. That’s why we’re dedicated to provided expert advice and connecting homeowners with the most trusted and qualified home service providers in their area. Reach out to one of the locally-owned and operated businesses in our large family of home service providers.