Seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist
Homeownership means home maintenance is always on the horizon.
We recommend breaking down annual home maintenance tasks into monthly assignments to make them more manageable.
Spreading home maintenance tasks over the year can help you keep on top of home repairs, meaning your home will stay in good condition and you can avoid potential costly repairs.
We’ve created a handy home maintenance checklist for you, so that you can keep your home in good condition all year round.
Home Maintenance Tips by Season
Take a look at our seasonal home maintenance tips below and start planning your home maintenance schedule.
Spring Home Maintenance Tasks
Let’s get ready for seasonal rain and the coming summer heat! It’s a good idea to tackle a few exterior home maintenance tasks in the spring. All of these tasks are straightforward and easy to do on a Saturday each month.
- Clear your gutters of debris to keep them flowing freely during spring showers.
- Clean dust and debris from your AC condenser to keep it running efficiently.
- Inspect your sprinkler system.
- Check and clean clogged vents along the foundation walls and under eaves.
- Check for worn or chipped exterior paint.
- Repair cracked, broken or uneven driveways and walkways.
- Secure loose pickets and gates.
- Clean your windows.
Summer Home Maintenance Tasks
We love the warm days and afternoon showers of summer. Before the leaves turn their vibrant reds, golds, and oranges, let’s tackle a few tasks that can prevent cold weather breakdowns by showing some love to the hardest working appliances in your home.
- Test drive your A/C. If you haven’t already cranked up the A/C, give your air conditioner a test run before the summertime heat rises.
- Stop mold before it starts – First, lower your A/C thermostat. Second, keep your A/C fan set to auto to help control the humidity in your home.
- Clean and service your washer and dryer.
- Drain your water heater.
- Schedule a furnace check-up before winter hits.
- Tame the trees – Check for dead or dying tree limbs that can damage your home if they fall or plants that are starting to invade other areas.
- Clean out the your gutters
Fall Home Maintenance Tasks
Hooray for fall! Autumn leaves, cooler temperatures, and everything pumpkin spice. Okay, so maybe not everyone is a die-hard pumpkin spice fan. While you’re probably more focused on leaf peeping, Halloween, college football and the holidays, it’s the perfect time to ensure your home is buttoned up and ready for the cold, wintry weather on the way.
Then you can get back to sitting by the fire, chestnuts roasting, caroling, and all that jazz.
- Check walkways for cracks or loose pavers to prevent slips and trips.
- Give your siding some TLC – Heat and humidity can encourage mold and mildew growth on your siding, so it might be time for a good ole pressure washing.
- Check your window seals.
- Clean your dryer vents – We recommend you do this task several times a year because excess lint can dramatically increase the risk of fire.
- Stow the hose – If you live where it snows (or freezes), then it’s time to drain and store your garden hose. For extra protection from freezing temps, install a foam insulator cover over each external faucet.
- Seed your lawn – We recommend doing this now so that the seeds can take root before the first frost of the season.
- Weatherproof your home by finding and sealing leaks.
- Check the fire alarms.
- Replace any damaged vent covers and roof tiles. Seal up any holes around plumbing pipes and where cables enter your home.
- Clear dead leaves from your lawn.
Winter Home Maintenance Tasks
Brrr! Winter’s cold tends to drive us inside – cozying up under blankets, gathering around fires, watching movies – where it’s warm. That makes it a great time to tackle some easy inside jobs on a rainy afternoon and a few outside jobs for when the weather is sunny.
- Check attic insulation and replace if necessary.
- Deep clean your range, oven and hood after the holidays.
- Banish the dust – Seek out dust in those hard-to-reach places that don’t get cleaned very often.
- Tighten loose outdoor railings. Slip on a coat, go outside, and tighten any loose handrails.
- Clean the coils on your refrigerator.
- Clean out your dryer vent and duct.
- Clean your garbage disposal.
Need a referral?
There you have it. A list, perhaps a long home maintenance tips list, of what you can do to protect your investment in your custom home.
Whether you do them or hire someone to complete the tasks, you’ll improve the longevity of your home, appliances and systems, and we think you’ll agree, it’s totally worth it. Reach out to us if you need a referral.