As a homeowner, you know that your home needs regular maintenance. And, with time always flying, it can be easy to forget or put these things off. In the long run, a well-

maintained home will save you money by avoiding costly reactive repairs and make your home easier to sell when the time comes. Here is a list of maintenance items for consideration:

Quarterly

  • Change HVAC or furnace filters. Simply inspect the filter and replace it when dirty, about every three months. Some filters are rated to last longer, but it is always a good idea to take a visual assessment at least every quarter.
  • Clean range hood filters. Mix a degreaser with hot water, let it soak, then rinse and re-install.
  • Check water softener. Check the salt level, add some if needed, and read the display to make sure no error codes are displayed. You’ll usually only add salt a few times a year.

Biannually

  • Deep clean. Roll up your sleeves and deep clean appliances, windows, lighting, and every crevice and corner. Keeping a clean home and not letting dirt build-up will help keep it polished.
  • Test the pressure relief valve on the water heater. This prevents corrosion—protecting leaks and helping it run efficiently.
  • Replace batteries in smoke/carbon dioxide detectors. A good reminder is changing batteries every time you set the clocks for daylight savings time.
  • Vacuum refrigerator coils. The fridge can account for up to 15 percent of your home’s total power—keep it running efficiently.

Annually Organized by Season

Spring – Yes, “Spring Cleaning.”

  • Service central air. Do this before it gets hot and you can often get this done at a discounted rate with enough time to spare before it really gets hot.
  • Check gutters and drainage. When April showers start coming down, will the water flow away from your house? Keep gutters clear so the water can flow where it’s supposed to flow.
  • Test sump pump. You don’t want to wait until you need it to find out it’s not working.
  • Check grout in the bathroom and kitchen. Fix the grout where needed—This will extend the life of tiled surfaces and keep them looking new.
  • Check windows and screens. Clean window wells of fall and winter debris. 

Summer – Shift your focus to the outdoors and enjoy the sunshine!

  • Clean ducts, sweep the chimney and get heating systems ready. You’ll be turning these on at the first hint of crisp fall weather, so do this now.
  • Check and clean the clothes dryer vent. While running, check the exhaust for the smell of fresh laundry. If the exhaust is marginal, check for blockages. Also, vacuum the lint from the dryer hose.
  • Clean garage. The garage is easy to ignore, get out there while the weather is nice, and check garage door sensors are working while you’re in there.

Fall – prepare for winter during this in-between season

  • Winterize A/C systems. Store window units, and if you have central air, cover the outside unit with a tarp and fasten with bungee cords.
  • Flush and store hoses and winterize irrigation system. Drain the water so it doesn’t freeze.

Winter – cozy up and stay warm.

  • Remove showerheads and clean deposits. This will keep your water pressure strong and keep them lasting long.
  • Check the foundation for cracks. Use caulk or silicone to repair any small cracks before the Spring thaw.