Whether you are a new home owner or have lived in your home for 25 years home maintenance includes regular, seasonal and one-time tasks. The new year is always a great time to start your goal of staying on top of your home maintenance.The following suggested maintenance schedule identifies some of the more common maintenance tasks that may be performed on a weekly, monthly semi-annual or annual basis. Tailor it to fit your own situation, adding or deleting items as required.

As a homeowner, you have normal maintenance responsibilities for your new home. Establishing a maintenance schedule is the best way to manage your maintenance budget.

The following is Suggested Monthly Maintenance:

  • Smoke Detectors- Check operation by pushing test butyon. Check and replace battery if necessary.
  • Check fire extinguishers for proper charge.
  • Check Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) to insure proper protection.
  • Clean garbage disposal blades by grinding ice cubes with hot water.
  • Clean or replace filter in range hood.
  • Check for evidence of leaks around toilets, under sinks and around dishwasher.
  • Clean and freshen sink drains by flushing hot water and baking soda.
  • Monitor and maintain floor coverings on an as-required basis. Regular vacuuming will reduce wear of carpets and other floor covering. Repair tears and remove stains as soon as possible.

Twice-a-Year Maintenance:

  • Inspect roof for broken or missing shingles, identifying anything that might cause leaks or problems.
  • Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts. If applicable, check and clean rain drain catch basin filter.
  • Inspect outside of home and condition of siding, paint and wood trim.
  • Inspect doors and windows for proper operation and weather-resistance. Clean tracks of windows and sliding glass doors before applying a clear silicone lubricant.
  • Inspect main service panel, circuit breakers, and all GFCI outlets.
  • Complete seasonal maintenance on heating and air conditioning by a licensed HVAC contractor.
  • Inspect and replace caulking and grout around tubs, showers, and sinks as needed.
  • Inspect and replace the furnace filter as needed.
  • Inspect attic and make sure air vents are unobstructed. Check to see if animals are nesting in insulation.

Annual Maintenance:

  • Examine caulking around windows, doors and other applicable areas.
  • Complete annual furnace and air conditioning maintenance by a licensed HVAC contractor.
  • Visually inspect your hot water heater for any signs of rust or deterioration.
  • Schedule a backflow test on sprinkler system by a certified Backflow Tester. (if applicable)

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