Home Maintenance Checklist

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Regular maintenance keeps your home functioning efficiently and safely- and helps protect its value. We’re happy to offer this checklist of ongoing and seasonal maintenance steps to help you safeguard your home and family!

Ongoing Maintenance: 

• Make sure air vents indoors and outside are not blocked by snow or debris
• Check and clean range hood on a monthly basis
• Make sure electrical outlets are equipped with safety plugs
• Regularly check your house for safety hazards (loose handrails, buckling carpet, etc)
• Inspect fire extinguishers
• Test smoke detectors
• Inspect bathtubs and sinks for caulking and leaks, repair as needed
• Clean or replace air filters when the system is in use for heating or cooling

Spring:

• Check for damage to your roof
• Check all the fascia and trim for deterioration
• Have a professional air conditioning contractor inspect and maintain your system
as recommended by the manufacturer
• Check your water heater
• Replace all extension cords that have become brittle, worn or damaged
• Check your fire extinguishers
• Clean the kitchen exhaust hood and air filter
• Review your fire escape plan with your family
• Repair all cracked, broken or uneven driveways and walks to help provide a level
walking surface
• Check the shutoff valve at each plumbing fixture to make sure they function
• Clean clothes dryer exhaust duct, damper, and space under the dryer
• Inspect and clean dust from the covers of your smoke and carbon monoxide
alarms

Summer:

• Check kids playing equipment
• Check your wood deck or concrete patio for deterioration
• Check the night lights at the top and bottom of all stairs
• Check exterior siding
• Check all window and door locks
• Check your home for water leaks
• Check the water hoses on the clothes washer, refrigerator ice maker and
dishwasher for cracks and bubbles

Fall:

• Check your home for water leaks
• Have a heating professional check your heating system every year
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• Protect your home from frozen pipes
• Run all gas-powered lawn equipment until the fuel is gone
• Test your emergency generator
• Have a certified chimney sweep inspect and clean the flues and check your
fireplace damper
• Remove bird nests from chimney flues and outdoor electrical fixtures
• Inspect and clean dust from the covers of your smoke and carbon monoxide
alarms
• Make sure the caulking around doors and windows is adequate to reduce
heat/cooling loss
• Make sure that the caulking around your bathroom fixtures is adequate to
prevent water from seeping into the sub-flooring

Winter:

• Clean the gutters and downspouts
• Confirm firewood at least 20 feet away from your home
• Remove screens from windows and install storm windows
• Familiarize responsible family members with the gas main valve and other
appliance valves
• Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct, damper and space under the dryer
• Make sure all electrical holiday decorations have tight connections
• Clean the kitchen exhaust hood and air filter
• Check the water hoses on the clothes washer, refrigerator ice maker and
dishwasher for cracks and bubbles
• Check your water heater
• Test all AFCI and GFCI devices

Home maintenance is an important part of owning a home—especially as you prepare to list it. If you’re looking to sell your home, reach out to the team at Spencer Properties! We’ll do everything we can to sell your current home and find the next home of your dreams. Contact us today!