Annual Home Maintenance – Following an annual maintenance schedule is an important step in protecting the value of your home, which is likely to be the biggest investment in your life.
First-time home buyers or those with limited experience may struggle with this task and overlook critical elements. Here are some guidelines to assist you in developing a maintenance strategy that fit your requirements in Annual Home Maintenance.
Benefits of Home Maintenance
Preventive maintenance should be done on a regular basis. Locates minor repairs before they become costly major repairs It also protects the market value of your home. According to one study, “a return of more than $5 for every $1 spent on preventive maintenance is not uncommon.” Other advantages include:
- extended life for your home’s components, equipment and operating systems;
- improved energy efficiency and a reduced environmental footprint;
- lush, healthy vegetation and attractive landscaping;
- assurance that your living space is safe and comfortable;
- improved presentation and continuing exterior appeal; and
- avoiding home inspection shockers when you sell.
Monthly Home Maintenance Routines
Clean or replace all filters; test fire extinguishers and smoke alarms; inspect switch boxes and electrical cords; vacuum heat registers/vents; inspect air vents for obstructions; flush the water heater to remove sediment; and clean the garbage disposal.
Fall Home Maintenance Routines
Inspect the roof, siding, and foundation; clean the chimney; winterize/store yard furniture and tools; service the snow blower; protect your air conditioner and any vegetation that requires protection; Service furnaces and stoves; obtain firewood and de-icers; clean gutters and downspouts; clean the dryer vent; inspect the water heater for leaks; and “close” the pool.
Winter Home Maintenance Routines
Shovel snow away from the foundation on a daily basis; evaluate the basement for leaks during thaws; remove excess snow and ice dams from roofs and gutters; vacuum bathroom exhaust fan grills; vacuum refrigerator and freezer coils and empty and clean drip trays; sustain the lawnmower; clean drains in sinks, tubs, showers, and dishwashers; hang holiday decorations early (milder weather and replacements are in stock).
Spring Home Maintenance Routines
Inspect the roof, siding, foundation, and chimney; flush hot water heaters; fertilize/seed the lawn; and clean and inspect the caulking and weather stripping round the windows, doors, and screens. clean gutters and downspouts; clean interior walls/ceilings and inspect paint seal any holes or cracks that allow insects or pests to enter; maintain the air conditioner; “open” the pool; Explore the driveway;
Summer Home Maintenance Routines
Keep the garage door and its operating system (chain, hinges, and opener); Observe the exterior paint for cracking or scarring; inspect that the exterior sockets and fixtures are operational and that the bulbs are lit. clean the dryer vent and the kitchen exhaust fan filter; Defrost and clean freezers and refrigerators, including the coils; Check for leaks in the plumbing (sinks, showers, toilets, and dishwasher); tile grout sealer.
Bottom line: spend a little now on scheduled preventive maintenance or spend a lot later and risk catastrophic damage to yourself and/or your home.
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