Home Maintenance Checklist




Seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist
 
Spending a few hours every now and then conducting a home maintenance inspection will save time and money while maintaining your property value. You will be able to identify minor issues and address them before they turn into major repairs. Grab a notebook and take a walk around your house with the suggested checklist below. Although this list is not extensive it is the basics to get you started.
 
Every Month
 
  • Furnace/air conditioning – inspect filters for dust. Clean and replace filters  every 90 days or as needed.
  • Plumbing – check under kitchen and bathroom cabinets for leaks. Check the area around the hot water heater for leaks.
  • Kitchen Exhaust Fan – remove and clean the filter. Clean accumulated grease deposits from the fan housing.
  • Faucet Aerators – Check for proper flow of water. If the flow is reduced, clean the aerator screens. During the first two months, the faucet aerators could require more frequent cleaning.
  • GFCI Receptacles – press test button to “trip” the circuit. Replace if necessary.
 
Every Two Months
 
  • Exterior Doors – Oil hinges and locks if required. Inspect finish for cracks and peeling. Use touch up paint where required.
 
Every Three Months
 
  • Interior Doors – Lubricate hinges.
  • Garage Door – Lubricate hardware. Inspect mechanism for free travel.
  • Smoke Detectors – Test smoke detectors. Replace batteries if necessary.
 
Every Six Months
 
  • Kitchen Tile Grout – Inspect for loose or missing grout. Re-grout if necessary. Recaulk at the edge of the backsplash if necessary.
  • Tile Areas – Inspect caulked areas for missing or damaged caulking. Recaulk if necessary.
  • Shower Doors – Inspect for proper fit. Adjust if necessary. Inspect caulking and recaulk, if necessary.
  • Tub Enclosures – Inspect and adjust if needed for proper fit. Inspect caulking and recaulk, if necessary.
  • Front Doors – Repaint if necessary. Consult your Homeowner Association before you change the exterior paint color of your doors.
  • Exterior Paint – Inspect for cracked and peeling paint. Repair and repaint if necessary. Consult your Homeowner Association before you change the exterior colors.
 
Yearly
 
  • Have furnace/fireplace inspected by a certified technician.
  • Inspect attic for evidence of moisture.
  • Inspect crawl space for possible plumbing leaks
 
Spring Home Maintenance Checklist
 
  • Roof – Look for missing, sagging or cracked shingles. Replace or repair as necessary. Clear the roof of all debris.
  • Chimney – Chimney flues should be inspected yearly and swept as necessary.
  • Gutters and Downspouts – Look for signs of damage. Drains and gutters should be cleared of debris. You can test them by pouring a bucket of water down each downspout to ensure free flow. (1” of standing water in your gutter at any time is acceptable)
  • Exterior Siding – Inspect siding for sagging or damaged panels that may need replacing. Inspect wood soffits and fascia for signs of rot or pest infestation. If you have a brick exterior, check for loose or missing bricks and cracks in mortar.
  • Paint – Paint takes a lot of abuse from the sun and elements. The life of exterior paint can be prolonged with annual touch-ups. Scrape, sand and repaint any patches that are peeling before the wood deteriorates. Trim shrubs and plants back at least 18 inches from the house, as they can cause moisture damage.
  • Flashings – Look for cracks and leaks in flashings; repair or replace as necessary.
  • Doors and Windows – Inspect caulking and trim. Check doors and windows for smooth movement, and lubricate with silicone spray. Wash window screens and check for tears.
  • Water faucets/pipes – Check exposed pipes (indoors and out) for signs of leaks or corrosion. 
  •   Foundation Vents – Open foundation vents when weather temperatures are no longer at freezing level. 
  • Sprinkler System – Check all valves in underground boxes (green) to be sure there are no leaks. Repair all leaks prior to using the system. Report to Homeowner Association where applicable. 
  • Exterior Faucets – Check for leaks especially if there were attachments connected to the hose bib during the winter months. This could cause major damage inside your home when the hose bib is turned on. The hose bibs will generally not leak until turned on. 
  • Grading and Drainage – In a new home you may not have your backyard landscaped yet. It is important to maintain your run off water. You are required to keep rain water on your site and not drain onto your neighbor. Heavy rains may cause exposed soil to carry into low areas (silting). These low areas may serve as your drainage means. Maintenance of these areas will be important to keep water from standing at your foundation and worse seeping through your crawl vents into your crawl space.
 
 
Winter Home Maintenance Checklist
 
  • Foundation Vents – Close foundation vents if temperatures drop into the 20’s or lower. Use foam blocks for extra protection.
  • Exterior Faucets – Disconnect hoses.
  • Gutters and Downspouts – Look for signs of damage. Drains and gutters should be cleared of debris. You can test them by pouring a bucket of water down each downspout to ensure free flow.
  • Sprinkler System – Shut off in ground sprinklers and have the system blown out to purge system of water.
  • Furnace Vents / Filter – Clean and vacuum heating vents and ducts to minimize dust. Change the furnace filter every 90 days or as needed.
  • Chimney – Chimney flues should be inspected yearly and swept as necessary. Test all fireplace flues for tight seals
  • Window and Door Seals - Inspect all windows for tight seals and air leakage; caulk or apply weather stripping if necessary. Inspect all doors for tight seals and air leakage; apply weather stripping or door guards if necessary.
  • Ceiling Fans – Clean the blades and reverse the air flow direction.
  • In freezing temperatures let faucets run slowly and open vanity cabinet doors.
  • When going on vacation or leaving the house vacant shut off the water and turn the hot water heater to vacation mode.
  • During freezing temperatures thermostats should be set no lower than 65 degrees.
  • Do not use chemical ice melts on new concrete/pavement/asphalt for at least one year. Sand is a great substitute.
  • To safely thaw frozen pipes use a hair dryer, heat lamp or electric heater. Do not use an open flame or electric arc welder.
  • If pipes are broken or split, shut off the water and the water main, the water heater and water heater circuit breaker. We recommend that you call a plumber listed in the emergency section of this manual so further damage will be prevented.
  • During cold temperatures and heavy snow, check for ice damning against siding at roof lines. Remove excessive build up to prevent melting moisture from wicking into the house. Install heat tape where necessary.
Emergency Preparation:
  • Replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and test each one
  • Create or review a family emergency plan in case of fire
  • Charge fire extinguishers and teach each family member proper use
  • Store emergency salt, sand, and a shovel in each vehicle
  • Stock up on canned food, bottled water, and candles for emergencies