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.
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.
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.
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 !!