maintenance is the best way to keep your home in good
shape. It also reduces the risk of unexpected repairs
and improves the odds of your home increasing in value.
Below is a list of some common home maintenance tips.
Maintenance Checklist. (click
on various links for more detial)
all smoke and carbon monoxide
detectors for proper operation. (on a weekly basis)
that fire extinguisher(s) are fully charged. Re-charge
heating/cooling air filters and replace or clean on
a regular basis..
houses with hot water heating, bleed
the radiator valves.
gutters, downspouts, and extensions. Ensure that downspouts
and extensions are secure.
loose toilets, and repair any faulty or troublesome
Inspect the condition of bathtub and/or shower enclosure.
Repair any deteriorated grout and caulk. Check below
all plumbing fixtures for evidence of any leakage.
driveways and walkways for trip hazards. Undertake
repairs where necessary.
improvements to all stairways, decks, porches and
landings where there is a risk of falling or stumbling.
smoke detector batteries.
chimneys inspected and cleaned. Ensure that rain caps
and vermin screens are secure.
the house utilizes a well, check and service the pump
and holding tank. Have the water quality tested. If
the property has a
septic system, have the tank inspected (and pumped
the electrical panels, wiring and electrical components
for evidence of overheating. Ensure that all components
secure. Flip the breakers on and off to ensure that
they are not sticky.
your house is in an area prone to wood destroying
insects (carpenter ants, etc.), have the home inspected
by a licensed specialist. Preventative treatments
may be recommended in some cases.
the roof for evidence of damage to roof coverings,
flashings and chimneys.
the alignment of gutters, downspouts, and splash blocks
to make sure that water is diverted appropriately
away from your
at overhead wires coming to the house. They should
be secure and clear of trees or other obstructions.
systems should be professionally winterized.
back tree branches and shrubs to ensure that they
are not in contact with the house.
the exterior walls and foundation for evidence of
damage, cracking or movement.
the basement and/or crawl space walls for evidence
of moisture seepage.
the exterior slope around the house for any ground
settlement. A possitive slope should always be maintained
around the homes foundation.
any open foundation vents so as to prevent freezing
of any plumbing piping inside the crawl space area.
all opened storm windows.
all driveways, walkways, decks, porches, and landscape
components for evidence of deterioration, movement
windows and test their operation. Improve caulking
and weather-stripping as necessary. Watch for evidence
of rot in
wood window frames. Paint and repair windowsills and
frames as necessary.
fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) devices.
off isolating valves for exterior hose bibs and disconnect
any exterior hoses when below freezing temperatures
After turning off the interior shut off, open the
exterior hose bib so as to drain off any trapped water
inside the line.
for and eliminate any wood/soil contact around the
perimeter of the home.
the overhead garage door opener(s), to ensure that
the auto-reverse mechanism is responding properly.
Clean and lubricate
hinges, rollers and tracks on overhead doors.
in the attic (if accessible) to ensure that roof vents
are not obstructed (nests, etc.). Check for evidence
of leakage, condensation or vermin activity. Level
out insulation if needed.
or clean exhaust hood filters.
inspect and/or service all appliances as per the manufacturer’s
drain valve on water heater so as to drain sediment
from bottom of tank.
dryer vent duct to remove any lint or obstruction.
on your heating system for a trial run and replace
the heating system cleaned and serviced, including
any humidifiers and electronic air cleaning units.
HVAC registers for heating.