Seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist

Seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist


Every homeowner knows that buying a house means keeping up with chores. But if you approach those chores in an unorganized way, you could end up drowning in work as tasks pile up. Take a moment to make a preventive home maintenance checklist for every season. You can start with the to-do’s below.

Spring

Have your HVAC system professionally serviced and change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Look for loose shingles or tiles on the roof, clear out the gutters and inspect the deck or patio for loose nails and debris. Check trees for broken or damaged limbs, clean the flower beds and add mulch.

  • Install fresh batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Test and dust all detectors.
  • Inspect bathroom and kitchen caulk. Recaulk as needed
  • Vacuum refrigerator coils
  • Schedule air conditioning inspection
  • Check fire extinguishers
  • Clean kitchen ?exhaust hood and filter
  • Clean and seal deck (if needed)
  • Inspect exterior paint and touch up as needed
  • Inspect siding/masonry for damage
  • Remove storm windows, and install screens
  • Repair/replace damaged window screens
  • Inspect roof for damage
  • Inspect attic for leaks
  • Inspect outdoor play equipment
  • Clean gutters
  • Prune spring-flowering shrubs after they bloom
  • Prune summer-flowering shrubs before they bloom
  • Schedule yearly septic tank inspection

Summer

Summer is the time to consider home improvement projects such as repainting the house or building a new patio. Check that your ceiling fans are running counterclockwise. Now may be the time to prune trees, but you might want to consult an arborist before you start.

  • Clean kitchen ?exhaust hood and filter
  • Vacuum refrigerator coils
  • Reverse ceiling fans
  • Inspect your foundation for drainage problems (clogged downspouts, grading issues, etc.)
  • Inspect basement/crawl space for moisture issues
  • Inspect for insect activity (termites, ants, wood bees, etc.)

Fall

Have your chimney professionally inspected and cleaned. Make sure the pipes are insulated and the radiators are ready for action. In the yard, autumn is a good time to plant trees, reseed the grass and restock the firewood pile.

  • Install fresh batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Test and dust all detectors
  • Check fire extinguisher
  • Clean kitchen ?exhaust hood and filter
  • Drain sediment from hot water heater
  • Vacuum refrigerator coils
  • Insulate exposed pipes as needed
  • Schedule furnace inspection
  • Remove (or cover) window air conditioners
  • Have chimneys and flues inspected and cleaned
  • Remove screens and install storm windows
  • Turn off outdoor water supply, and store hoses
  • Inspect roof for damage
  • Clean gutters
  • Inspect caulk around windows and doors. Recaulk as needed
  • Trim trees and shrubs away from house
  • Inspect deck for any nails or screws that may be popping up
  • Cover or store outdoor furniture

Winter

In colder weather, you’ll want to change the ceiling fans back to clockwise to draw air upward. It’s also a good time to clean the kitchen exhaust hood and filter and inspect the sinks and toilets for leaks.

  • Clean kitchen ?exhaust hood and filter
  • Test GFCI outlets
  • Vacuum refrigerator coils
  • Clean dryer vent
  • Check sinks and toilets for leaks
  • Inspect hoses on washing machine, dishwasher and ice maker for leaks
  • Change direction of ceiling fans
  • Test sump pump

Monthly

  • Clean or replace HVAC filters
  • Clean kitchen drain/garbage disposal

Preventive maintenance tasks like the ones above are key to preserving the value of your home. Keep up with them throughout the year, and it’ll help you avoid expensive repairs down the road.