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House Maintenance List to Save you Money

house maintenance list General home maintenance can save you money because of the damage that can caused by even the smallest overlooked issue. I have put together this house maintenance list that you can use as a guide line to protect your investment.

I broke this list down by season for simplicity, but you should be preforming simple maintenance task regularly .

A good example of this would to be, looking at your hot water heater when walking past it. This only takes a few seconds to check around the base of your water heater to see if there are any leaks .

Leaks that go undetected can cause major damage to any surrounding flooring, especially if there is no drip pan .

General House maintenance list


In early Spring:

  • Check for damage to your roof, always use ladder safety when climbing om your roof
  • Clean organic debris and moss off the roof surface .
  • Visually inspect all Fascia boards and soffit area, this can easily be done from the ground.
  • Have a qualified HVAC professional do an annual service, ask where your furnace filter is located
  • This is a great time to do any drywall repairs and touch up any paint scuffs
  • Check your hot water heater for leaks or signs of rust. The best place to look is at the bottom of the tank.
  • Check any fire extinguisher you may have to ensure they are fully charged .
  • Clean your kitchen exhaust hood and filter if applicable. Wipe away any visible grease.
  • Repair or seal any cracked driveway or walkway concrete surfaces. This is to prevent any further damage from water seeking in to cracks .
  • Visually inspect the exterior foundation of your home for any cracks , and remove organic debris that have collected over the winter.
  • Check all plumbing water supply valves at the fixtures and the main water shut off valve for signs of leaking. You may have to enter you crawl space to locate your main water shutoff valve.
  • Clean the clothes dryer exhaust ducting, damper and any lint under or behind the dryer. Standing lint in dryer ducting can potentially be a fire hazard.

 

save money house maintenance tips In early Summer:

  • Check the kids play sets or equipment for cracks or deteriorated parts. Plastic materials can deteriorate and wood parts can rot.
  • Inspect all wood decking boards and support posts for deterioration. You can purchase an awl to lightly probe any post bottoms. Softness in the wood indicates wood rot.
  • Ensure that all interior night lights are functioning, .
  • Take a look at the exterior siding for any cracks or damage. Seal cracks or openings in siding to help prevent water intrusion.
  • Check all window and door locks, adjust or replace as required.
  • Ensure that there are no plumbing leaks, this includes going in the crawlspace if you have one. A quick visual inspection under vanities in the kitchen and bathrooms should be preformed on a regular basis.
  • Clean and seal your decks and patios.
  • Clean Vinyl siding and seal any holes or cracks to avoid water infiltration
  • Visually Inspect the water supply hoses on your clothes washer, dish washer, refrigerator and ice maker for any signs of cracking or deterioration. Replace any rubber hoses on your clothes washer with braided stainless lines.

When Fall arrives:

  • Ensure that all exterior water pipes and faucets are frost protected, remove all garden hoses and shut off not frost protected faucets.
  • Either empty gas from lawn equipment tanks or add a fuel stabilizer. This will make your equipment start easier in the spring.
  • Test and run your emergency generator if you have one.
  • If you have a sump pump , check and service it before the rainy season.
  • Check your sump pumps back up system if you have one .
  • Have your chimney cleaned by a qualified chimney sweep. This may also be required by your home insurance provider.
  • Remove any birds nests, usually built in and around chimneys and on top of exterior light fixtures.
  • Make sure that all caulking around your windows and doors is intact, to prevent water from infiltrating the area.
  • Freshen up all you’re caulking in the laundry, kitchen and bathrooms around sinks and tubs. Missing caulking around bath tubs and showers can cause damage to the underlying material very quickly.
  • Ensure all down spouts and gutters are connected and cleaned. Leaking down spouts and gutters can cause substantial damage in some homes.
  • Visually inspect the interior of your basement to ensure there is no water entering your home from the exterior of the structure. A good indication of a moisture problem is a musty odor.

house maintenance tips check plumbing Before Winter really sets in :

  • Keep all fire wood that you have stored away from the house. Having wood stacked near your home may attract insects.
  • Remove any screens from windows or doors that may get damaged from ice or snow build up.
  • Review your fire safety plan with all family members. Ensure that all responsible family members know where the gas shut off valve is located in case of an emergency.
  • Keep all holiday light connections clear of water and sealed, to aid against a possible electrical shock injury.
  • Test all your GFCI and AFCI breakers for functionality, replace any defective breakers as required. Always contact a qualified electrician if you are not similar with electricity.
  • Check for ice dam formation in geographical areas that pron to ice damming. Ice damming can cause extensive damage in some cases.
  • Ensure that all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors are working and function properly. This should be done semi-annually at a minimum.
  • Replace any cracked or deteriorated extension cords you may be using.

 


Benefit by doing home maintenance

By using this simple house maintenance list you will be able to detect problems before or shortly after they have occurred. If you are not able to do a quick walk around your home to look for problems then you should think about hiring someone to do it for you.

I was a home inspector and have seen many small problems turn into expensive repairs because they were either not detected or not attended to. These small problems can and do turn into big ones quicker than you think.

If you spend a bit of money now and take care of your home it will pay off in the long term. I regularly see homes that are 25 – 30 years old, in better overall condition than homes that are 15 years old because of regular home maintenance.

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Do you use a house maintenance list to ensure your home maintenance is done regularly ? Please leave a comment or feel free to ask any questions . Give this post a PIN , it would be appreciated. Thank you in advance !!

 

 

 

 

14 thoughts on “House Maintenance List to Save you Money”

  1. Rick, I am a real estate agent that has sat through numerous home inspections over the years.   I have read and had to help sellers address repair issues even more times.   So, as I read through your home maintenance list, I was amazed at how thorough you were.   When I saw that you had been a home inspector at the end of your post, I understood why you had were able to share such a comprehensive list.   

    The only things that I would add is for people that live in rural area, they need to monitor their on site sewage facility (septic tanks) to ensure that a drain line has not been crushed or broken.   Septic tanks also need to be pumped periodically.  

      Additionally, if there is a water well, it is important to have it serviced periodically to ensure that the water filter, pressure tank, pump, control switches are working as intended.      

    Homeowners need to remember that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.  

      

    • Thank you for your comments Sondra , and Yes I agree septic systems and wells !! I should have mentioned them and I will update my post … I also live in a semi rural area no well but definitely a septic system , they are like dryer ducts easy to over look until something goes sideways with them 

  2. Before my husband passed we were looking at properties, now I am not sure I could keep up with all of the duties that come with being a home owner. 

    As you stated each season requires a checklist, and you should also have a running checklist. For a single mom, that is a lot of checklists added to the ones I already have. 

    I do a few as a renter, like make sure there are no water or gas leaks, no electrical issues, or weathering issues. I am hoping that my landloard appreciates my dilligence on reporting issues, and doesn’t look at me as a nagger. 

    Thank you for the article, I have to keep renting as of now, but would love to own my own palce some day.

    Stacie

    • Thanks for your comment Stacey , your landlord shouldn’t look at you as a nagger but should be thankful for being a diligent tenant , You are helping your landlord protect the investment they have in the property you rent . And good for you for making sure there are no gas or water leaks , in my experience many renters just ignore the simple maintenance tasks and  they turn into very expensive repair issues.

  3. A great post. It’s helpful to consider what needs to be done to maintain the house by separating it seasonally. I would think this would be super helpful to print it out as a guide to follow as well as reminder. It could also be used to check off each job throughout the year, to help one remember what’s been done. This would be especially helpful if there’s more than one person under the one roof to make sure the jobs can be visually seen to be done, and checked off. Plus it helps to feel like you’re making progress :). The only thing I would change for my household is not including the ice/snow related issues, as I live in a subtropical region which has never seen snow. But your post certainly makes for a great reminder of what needs to be done to keep on top of maintenance issues. Definitely a money saver in the long run. 

    • Thank you for your comments Kat , that is a great idea having a printable house maintenance list and I will be adding one soon thanks to you . 

  4. Hello Rick, 

    This is really a comprehensive guide that made me wonder if I can keep up with this long list of maintenance tips. I’m not a home owner at the moment but I think starting off with my rented house would be a good time to practice for my own palace some day. You’ve almost all the relevant areas that one has to pay attention to in a house. 

    It’s indeed true that prevention is better than cure, so I will definitely start somewhere. How many times do I have to do inspections within a season?

    • Thank you for your comment , The maintenance list does appear long but actually a visual inspection of items will only take a few short moments. Being aware of any problems as they arise is the important thing . I quite often see homes with what I call deferred maintenance , these homeowners could have saved a whole of money by doing a little bit at a time , instead they have chosen do do nothing , leaving their homes in disrepair and resulting in a major job to bring the home back to life.  

  5. Thank you for this thoughtful list. This is great now I know what to do. Usually my husband does the maintenance of the house but since he is not as organized, he never writes things down and as for me I am good at having the list but mainitaining the house is really not my forte. Now I can print this list and give it to my husband lol no more surprises! 

    Happy holidays

  6. Thanks for your interesting post.  It comes at just the right time for me, as I am now devoting more time to what should have been a routine activity.  Being busy with work, home maintenance was never a priority for me, and I’m seeing the results of that.  Hopefully with your article as  a guide, I will be able to catch up.

    I truly appreciate the information you provide.

    • Hi Hugo Thanks for the comment . Yup a little bit at a time is way better than NO home maintenance . I try to specifically schedule a Sunday a month to tackle a maintenance project I find if I break it down to a little bit at a time it is less overwhelming .

  7. It’s amazing how many things need to be addressed when owning a home.

    When we sold our home on Long Island 2 1/2 years ago, we only did minimal repairs to get it sold.Then we moved to Florida and within 2 years had to put a roof on and get a new AC unit.

    We want to try and do more now as far as regular maintenance than we used to do from now on.Hopefully following your maintenance list will help us out in the long run.

    I like your suggestions of doing checklists by the different seasons.There’s nothing that should be left unchecked.

    • Hi Rob thank you for your comments , yes you are right nothing should be unchecked . Nome maintenance is simple when you break it down and do a little bit at a time … slow and steady .

  8. House maintenance  is great culture. In fact by taking good care of our house is showing we are thankful unto God for providing for providing for such a good property. There are many homeless people around. I feel very motivated reading those great pieces of information on how to maintain and keep the house save. For example checking regularly the house hearer every now then to know if it was not working wrongly. Many people’s house have been burnt down to ashes because they were careless with their heater. 

    The more security in your house the more you 

    I must say I have learned a lot from this article. Thanks  

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