Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Your Home Maintenance Checklist

When buying a home most people ignore keeping up with their regular home maintenance.  This list of organized household tasks will ensure to keep you free from future headaches.

Please consult a professional whenever necessary and do no do these tasks without the proper tools, supervision and safety equipment

Monthly tasks:
  • Inspect and change HVAC filters – If the filter is dirty change it out, if not inspect it again next month
  • Clean kitchen sink disposal – The best way to do this is with vinegar ice cubes that will clean and sharpen the blades
  • Clean range hood filters – Let the filter soak in a mixture of degreaser and hot water
  • Clean out all drains  - make sure there is no trapped hair so water can run freely
  • Clean oven, stove and microwave inside and out – oil and food particles can get baked on over time making them more difficult to clean and could cause fires
  • Sharpen all kitchen knives and scissors – An easy way to sharpen scissors is to cut through a few layers of aluminum foil
  • Empty all cupboards for cleaning and re-organizing – Don’t forget the bathroom cupboards!
Semi-annual tasks:
  • Test your smoke and carbon dioxide detectors – Just press the test button and if the alarm sounds your good to go!
  • Test garage door auto-reverse feature – Test by placing a 2 x 4 on the ground where the door should close
  • Test your water heater’s pressure relief valve – Will safeguard against future leaks
  • Vacuum your refrigerator coils – The coils will get dirty after a while which makes your fridge use up more juice and is less efficient
  • Clean out the dryer vents – If left unattended for too long this could lead to a fire in your dryer
  • Clean out the bathroom fans – Make sure to unplug the power source to the fan while cleaning inside the fan
  • Deep clean all carpets – For best results hire a steam cleaner or professional carpet cleaning service
Annual tasks:
  • Check the grout sealing in bathrooms/kitchen – Make sure there are no leaks and reseal grout each year
  • Re-seal your granite countertops – This will prevent staining over time
  • Make sure all hoses in washer and dryer and dishwasher are upgraded to stainless steel – Rubber hoses can leak and cause major floods
  • Inspect all the fire extinguishers in your home – Some may need recharging it is also important to make sure they are easily accessible
  • Check all caulking for broken seals – Make sure to do this before the wet weather comes and recaulk where necessary
  • Check your wood floors – In low humidity wood tends to separate and in high humidity tends to expand, make sure there are no cracks or swelling in the floorboards
  • Replace all felt pads on bottom of furniture – This should be done to prevent floor scratches and dents
Spring and Summer tasks:
  • Clean out gutters – A big job but definitely worth the work
  • Wash all windows and glass doors – Inside and out
  • Clear dead plants and shrubs from the house – Time to trim back those overgrown plants and ensure no tree branches are pressing against the house or roof
  • Inspect the roof – Any leaks? Damage? Moss?  Repair as needed though you may need to hire a professional
  • Clean and repair deck and patio – Generally a good washing will do the trick
  • Deep clean the garage and attic – This very important tasks is often ignored, once a year grab the family and dedicate a day to going through all the boxes, cleaning cobwebs and checking for mold
  • Service your lawn mower – Make sure everything is running as it should
  • Power wash the driveway – This should be done 2-3 times a year to prevent the growth of moss and weeds, also to clean off built up oil and gas from leaking vehicles 

Fall and Winter tasks:
  • Turn off and flush outdoor water faucets – Don’t forget hoses and sprinklers as well!
  •  Get the chimney cleaned – The earlier the better, having a clean chimney for the winter months is very satisfying
  • Stock up on winter gear – Snow shovels, salt and any other item that will make the winter easier
  • Test your generator – If you have a generator its good to test it before any power outages
  •  Check the locks and seals on all doors and windows – Make sure the cold stays out and the heat stays in
  • Test your heating system – Whether you use natural gas, oil or electric heat you should make sure it is reliable for the whole winter
  • Check your attic – Look for water stains or mold, this could be from a leaky roof or poor ventilation, also make sure soffit vents are clear