Regular home maintenance can mean the difference between small, manageable repairs or costly endeavors when things are left untended too long. It can also save you money by keeping your systems working efficiently.
We know, from experience, that having a system and checklist are valuable tools to help break things into manageable pieces. Here are a few suggestions to help get you started:
- Build a maintenance binder. Use dividers for sections such as interior, exterior, basement, attic, garage and systems. Keep all receipts and warranties under each designated section.
- DIY Home Maintenance website has a fantastic seasonal checklist to help keep you on track. Print out a copy and get started!
- In the mean time here are a few things to do this summer before the weather gets cold and rainy.
Examine foundation walls for cracks or other signs of moisture and repair if needed.
- Call your HVAC specialist for your semi-annual maintenance before it is time to turn on the central air.
- If it’s not time for a professional furnace service check the furnace and change the filter. Make sure you have a good supply of furnace filters to take you through the year.
- Check refrigerator and freezer door seals twice a year to make sure they are air tight. Pull the fridge out and clean behind and around making sure all the coils are clean.
- Examine the window caulking each fall when you check on the storm windows. Clean the gutters as needed. Make sure the path is clear to utility meters.
- Make sure air vents inside and out are not blocked by foliage or debris and check attics for evidence of condensation.
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