Home Maintenance for the Seasons


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Checklists for the
Seasons

These are checklists that you can use and incorporate into your routine home maintenance plan for your house. They are broken up into seasons.

Annually:
Hire a home inspector to perform a home maintenance inspection as part of your routine home maintenance plan.

Monthly:
Change the air filter in your furnace.

In the Spring:
Check for damage to your roof
Check all the fascia and trim for deterioration
Have a professional air conditioning contractor inspect and maintain your system as recommended by the manufacturer
Check your water heater
Replace all extension cords that have become brittle, worn or damaged
Check your fire extinguishers
Clean the kitchen exhaust hood and air filter
Review your fire escape plan with your family
Repair all cracked, broken or uneven driveways and walks to help provide a level walking surface
Check the shutoff valve at each plumbing fixture to make sure they function
Clean clothes dryer exhaust duct, damper, and space under the dryer
Inspect and clean dust from the covers of your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms & change the batteries

In the Summer:
Check kids playing equipment
Check your wood deck or concrete patio for deterioration
Check the nightlights at the top and bottom of all stairs
Check exterior siding
Check all window and door locks
Check your home for water leaks
Check the water hoses on the clothes washer, refrigerator icemaker and dishwasher for cracks and bubbles

In the Fall:
Check your home for water leaks
Have a heating professional check your heating system every year
Protect your home from frozen pipes
Run all gas-powered lawn equipment until the fuel is gone
Test your emergency generator
Have a certified chimney sweep inspect and clean the flues and check your fireplace damper
Remove bird nests from chimney flues and outdoor electrical fixtures
Inspect and clean dust from the covers of your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
Make sure the caulking around doors and windows is adequate to reduce heat/cooling loss
Make sure that the caulking around your bathroom fixtures is adequate to prevent water from seeping into the sub-flooring
Inspect and clean dust from the covers of your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms & change the batteries

In the Winter:
Clean the gutters and downspouts
Confirm firewood at least 20 feet away from your home
Remove screens from windows and install storm windows
Familiarize responsible family members with the gas main valve and other
appliance valves
Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct, damper and space under the dryer
Make sure all electrical holiday decorations have tight connections
Clean the kitchen exhaust hood and air filter
Check the water hoses on the clothes washer, refrigerator icemaker and
dishwasher for cracks and bubbles
Check your water heater
Test all AFCI and GFCI devices
Adapted from the home maintenance book by Ben Gromicko “Now that you’ve had a
home inspection.” http://www.nachi.org/home-maintenance-book.htm
Keep in mind that all homes are different. Your home may have special needs that aren’t listed here.

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