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Seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist

Your home is most likely your biggest asset. Keeping your house well-maintained makes your home more enjoyable, cleaner, and healthier. And when you are ready to part way with your house, you can get a better price and sell it faster if it is well-maintained. Here is a checklist to help you maintain your home throughout the four seasons of the year.

Checklist

Spring

  • Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Change batteries as needed.
  • Clean your windows inside and outside, including areas around the windows.
  • Check window and door screens for holes and tears. Make repairs or replace the screens as needed.
  • Test your sump pump in the basement.
  • Inspect your chimney and roof.
  • Get a pest inspection and do treatments as needed.
  • Remove leaves and debris out of the gutters and downspouts. Wash off the gutters with water to check for leaks. 
  • Touch up painting any exterior surfaces that have cracking or peeling paint.
  • Re-stain or re-coat decks, porches, and patios.
  • Service your lawn equipment.
  • Apply pre-emergent weed killer and fertilizer to your lawn.
  • Inspect your well and septic system.
  • Inspect HVAC air filter. Replace or clean as needed.
  • Clean your siding.
    • For vinyl siding, power wash your siding to prevent mold from building up.
    • For wood siding, lightly clean and do touch up painting as needed 

Summer

  • Flush your water heater.
  • Clean lint from the dryer exhaust.
  • Trim bushes and hedges, and prune your trees.
  • Lubricate doors, windows, and garage doors.
  • Inspect HVAC air filter. Replace or clean as needed.

Fall

  • Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Change batteries as needed.
  • Repair cracks in the driveway. Re-coat the driveway if needed (asphalt driveway only).
  • Inspect and clean your fireplace.
  • Inspect your chimney and roof.
  • Clean the gutters and downspouts.
  • Inspect HVAC air filter. Replace or clean as needed.
  • Aerate the lawn.
  • Apply fertilizer and seeds.
  • Store away lawn equipment and outdoor furniture.
  • Drain and winterize exterior water spigots.
  • Service your snowblower
  • Inspect HVAC air filter. Replace or clean as needed.

Winter

  • Have salt and shovels ready.
  • Insulate doors and windows as needed.
  • Recaulk kitchen and bathrooms as needed.
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