Home Maintenance Tips
- Get annual termite inspections to reduce floor board and joist damage
- Keep your vents open in the summer and closed in the winter to reduce moisture buildup if your vents are not automatic
- Change your air filters on a monthly basis to help reduce wear and tear on your HVAC equipment. This also helps keep utility costs down.
- Keep your thermostat on one setting to reduce high utility costs.
Structures & Materials
- Bulging, leaning or a shaky floor signals the need to do repair work before the condition worsens.
- Check your roof structure for firmness and watertightness. Spots on your ceiling indicate a leak.
- Keep your windows operable for possible fire escape routes
- Make sure your insulation in the attic is not disturbed. Check for holes after storage.
- Keep your storm windows and doors closed during seasons of air conditioning and heating.
- Check your heating and cooling systems annually during the appropriate season.
Interior Air Quality
- Eliminate the use of kerosene heaters. They burn oxygen out of the air. Adequate exhaust ventilation is needed.
- Run fans for at least 1/2 hour after usage.
- Minimize the use of drop cords.
- Check on GFIs and reset.
- Get a professional heating technician to test and inspect your gas system for safety and efficiency.
- Check around your toilets for wet floors and weak spots.
- Ensure you do not hear water running past the normal flush cycle in the toilet. This indicates a problem.
Seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist
- Replace all weather stripping and caulking around the windows and doors as needed.
- Fill all cracks and holes in the house siding with caulking as needed.
- Remove window air conditioners or use a weatherproof cover.
- Clean and store removable screens
- Drain outside faucets
- Removes leaves from gutters and drain pipes
- Repair leaky roofs as soon as possible
- Check the flashing on vents, chimneys, and skylights
- Check the chimney for damaged caps and loose mortar. Check the flue and damper. If needed, have the chimney professionally cleaned.
- Replace or add insulation as needed.
- Have the heating system serviced. Change the furnace filters.
- Do maintenance on the hot water heater as specified by the manufacturer.
- Check all faucets for leaks. Replace the washers if necessary.
- Clean the refrigerator coils.
- Clean major appliances according to the manufacturer's instructions.
- Check all fire extinguishers. Review the instructions and replace is needed.
- Replace batteries in all smoke detectors when you change the clocks for daylight savings time.
- Check the weatherstripping and caulking around doors
- Check the outside of your house for cracked and peeling paint. Caulk and repaint as necessary
- Remove, clean, and store removable storm windows.
- Patch or replace as needed all door and window screens. Store removable screens
- Replace batteries in all smoke detectors when you change the clocks for standard time.
- Replace the filters on air conditioners
- Clean vents and filters on dryers, stoves, and room fans.
- Check the seals on refrigerators and freezers. Clean the coils and burner surfaces. Adjust the burners.
- Clean the fireplace. Leave the damper open on non-air conditioned houses for improved ventilation.