How to Create a Home Maintenance Checklist
October 22, 2018
Everybody invariably has a list of things they need to accomplish, whether it’s weekly, monthly, annually, or even daily. We make grocery lists to restock the fridge and pantries, we get routine oil changes in our cars, and we visit the dentist or other health practitioners every so often to maintain our health.
The same goes for maintaining our homes. While this can often seem like a daunting task, once you break down the required duties and areas of attention into a checklist to be completed at certain times of the year, it doesn’t seem so bad.
Creating a Home Maintenance Checklist
Time and Money Management
It’s understandable that a lot of time and money will go into routine home maintenance – including the occasional professional help – so it’s also important to prepare financially. Set aside a certain amount each month when you can to help prepare. And the best way to prepare with your checklist is to create a calendar for yourself.
Not only will it help maximize efficiency, but you’ll be able to plan ahead accordingly. Maintaining your home doesn’t have to be an overwhelming experience. If you can manage to complete a handful of tasks each weekend, it won’t seem so stressful.
When you realize your house is being kept in tip-top condition with preventative care, the results will show. And you’ll even be maintaining the value of your home by doing so. While you can add, remove, or alter any portion of this breakdown to suit your own needs, here’s a starting point for you to consider on how to create a home maintenance checklist:
Monthly Checklist for Your Home
There may be a few things you want to handle on a weekly basis, like vacuuming and removing debris from your home’s exterior to maintain aesthetic, but these items should not be overlooked on a month-by-month basis.
- Inspect safety features like your fire extinguisher, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, security devices, GFI interrupters, and electrical cords.
- Inspect and/or replace HVAC filters.
- Clean your kitchen sink disposal.
- Clean your range hood fan filter with degreaser and hot water.
- Clean showerheads and faucet aerators to remove mineral deposits.
- Pour hot water down drains to prevent clogging.
- Clean vents and heat registers with a vacuum.
- Inspect water softener and replenish salt, if necessary.
Quarterly Checklist for Your Home
Some monthly items can be designated on a quarterly system, depending on your preferences. But these items still ought to be included.
- Clean sliding doors and window tracks.
- Test your garage door, its auto-reverse feature, and grease the tracks as needed.
- Run water and flush toilets in any areas not regularly used.
- Vacuum your refrigerator coils.
- Test your water heater pressure valve.
For the annual upkeep, the best way to designate tasks is by season, because much of it requires preparation for whatever season is coming up. This can be arranged according to whenever you begin work on from your checklist.
Spring Check List
- Clean out gutter debris and downspouts from the fall season.
- Inspect your exterior drainage.
- Inspect exterior features for damage like paint, siding, brick, and foundation.
- Inspect your roof and chimney for any damage as well.
- Service your lawn mower and fertilize your lawn.
- Clear any dead plants or shrubbery, and ensure trees do not interfere with electrical lines.
- Repair or replace any damaged window screens, including inspecting the weather-stripping and washing your windows.
- Test your sump pump.
- Prepare your air conditioner for summer by replacing the filter and inspecting the coolant. Contact a professional if needed.
Summer Home Check List
This is mostly the season of yard work – and garage work.
- Clean and repair your deck or patio.
- Prune trees and shrubs.
- Open any crawl space vents.
- Get your pool serviced.
- Inspect your home’s exterior and interior for insect infestation.
- Inspect bathrooms and kitchen for grout and repair where needed.
- Inspect plumbing for leaks.
- Inspect and clean your dryer vents, including any other exhaust vents.
- Remove debris from window wells.
- And, of course, the summer ritual: it’s time to clean out your garage.
Fall Check List for Your Home
Finish up your summer chores and prepare; winter is coming.
- Clean out our chimney and inspect fireplace.
- Winterize your air conditioning and sprinkler systems, and turn off and flush outdoor faucets.
- Rake leaves and maintain your yard.
- Store or cover any outdoor furniture, including barbecue.
- Inspect/replace any winter gear like a snowblower, shovels, sidewalk salt, etc.
- Get your heating system ready for cooler temperatures.
- Check for leaks.
- Open heating vents.
- Have your furnace serviced
- Flush hot water heater and remove sediment buildup.
Winter Checklist Tasks
This is mostly the season for interior work.
- Continually keep an eye on ice buildup and icicles that may cause damage to exterior features or pose a health risk.
- Keep your winter tools handy and your garden tools stored safely.
- Inspect/replace locks, deadbolts, doors, windows, knobs, handles, and racks for safety and security measures.
- Inspect/repair any caulking around showers and bathtubs.
- Clean sediment from shower heads.
- Test your electricity, and remember to use extreme caution.
- While summer was time to clean your garage, winter is the time to clean out your basement. You’ll want to ensure there’s no mold or any unwanted rodents nesting there.
Other Important Areas of Concern
While not always directly related to seasons, some other tasks should be apportioned annually, like getting your septic tank inspected and sealing any exterior cracks with stucco. But you’ll also want to keep your home maintained and prepared in these other areas as well.
- Keep an eye on overloading of electrical outlets and extension cords.
- Turn off or disconnect appliances when not in use.
- Keep flammable objects away from any open flame in your range.
- Know what to do in case of a fire and know where your extinguishers are.
- If necessary, develop an escape route from your home in case of an emergency.
- Establish a plan of action in case of a disaster, along with a preparation kit.
- Have a designated meeting place and means of contact.
- In your kit, ensure you have enough food, water, clothing, first-aid supplies, sleeping bag/blanket, battery-powered radio and flashlight (and extra batteries), and special need items of necessity, tools, supplies, and sanitation needs.
- Keep cash, credit cards, or traveler’s checks handy.
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