If you enjoy ticking off line items on a checklist, this article is for you. We are going to look at an easy and organized system for home maintenance that makes the process a breeze. Before you know it, you’ll be crossing the last item off your list and kicking back to relax in your beautiful abode.
Logically, we know we need to keep water away from the house, but it can be easy to forget. Here are some things to check:
- Rain gutters: Install them if you don’t have them. If you do have them, keep them clear and free-flowing.
- Sprinklers: Double check that you are watering the lawn and not your house or window wells.
- Roof: Take a peek at the roof now and then to make sure it’s watertight.
- Bathroom: We all love a hot shower. Just make sure you run the exhaust fan to keep the moisture down.
Quick Shut Off Valves
If you’ve ever been in a rush to shut off water or power, you understand the value of knowing where the valves are. Here are a few to locate:
- Main gas or heating fuel shut off
- Electrical shut off or breaker box
- Water shut off for toilets, washers and sinks
- The main water valve
It never hurts to keep a wrench near these valves in case they get tough to turn.
Weekly, Monthly & Annual Maintenance
This is not an exhaustive list, but maybe some items you haven’t considered lately.
- Vacuum carpet and heat registers
- Clear debris from around the house,
- Clear debris from window wells and rain gutters
- Clean faucets and shower heads with a vinegar mixture
- Maintain drains by pouring boiling water down them (don’t forget rarely used drains too)
- Change HVAC filters
- Check GCFIs
- Inspect water lines for leaks
- Touch up paint and seal cracks in exterior
- Caulk showers, sinks and tubs
- Professionally clean carpets and chimneys
- Check septic tanks
- Check the roof
- Maintain safety equipment
- Inspect weather-stripping
- Prep air conditioner by cleaning filters and inspecting
- Hose off the exterior of the home
- Check window screens
- Trim trees and shrubs
- Inspect and clean the fireplace
- Service the heater
- Change batteries in smoke and CO detectors
Regular home maintenance is like an insurance policy for the enjoyment of your home. A little elbow grease now and then keeps your home running like a well-oiled machine.