Home Maintenance Becomes Easier With a Monthly Checklist
Owning your own home is a great opportunity and privilege…but with great privilege comes great responsibility. Maintaining your home is a big job! The list of “to do’s” seems endless and daunting.
But on the flip side, maintaining your home properly not only allows you to enjoy it more in good condition, but it can save you a lot of money when something goes wrong or breaks down unexpectedly because it wasn’t maintained.
We’ve all heard of “Murphy’s Law”…If something can go wrong…it will!
Murphy’s Law is especially relevant when it comes to our homes, things don’t break down or fall apart one at a time, sometimes if feels like a domino effect…just after the garage door gets repaired, the dishwasher breaks down and the garbage disposal stops working.
No matter what we do, things are going to break down, but many emergencies can be avoided it we stay on top of maintenance. And probably the best way to stay on top of things is to have a regular…
Month by month maintenance schedule
Although some things should be done more frequently (monthly), other things can be done quarterly, biannually or annually. The key is in the planning, make a list, use a planner or write on a calendar, when the maintenance tasks should be completed, and stay as close to your schedule as possible.
Here is a list of some of the important things that should go on your plan.
- Check your fire extinguishers to make sure their pressure is good, that they are in good physical condition and that they are easy to get to.
- Clean the ventilation hood over your stove to keep it free from grease and the threat of fire.
- Clean your garbage disposal. A great tip to do this is to freeze some vinegar into a few small cubes, running them through the disposal will not only freshen and clean, but the ice will sharpen your disposal blades.
- Although your furnace filters may not need to be changed every month, check them every month to make sure they allow proper air flow and change when needed.
- Clean out the drains in your bathrooms, it’s amazing how quickly they can get clogged which can lead to problems.
- Check under your sinks for leaky pipes that might go unnoticed.
- If you use a water softener, check to see if salt needs to be added.
- Test your smoke or carbon dioxide detectors, make sure the batteries are working and that the battery connections are free from rust…this simple task could be a life saver!
- Check your dryer vent to make sure it is free from a lint blockage…this is a fire hazard.
- Check in showers, under sinks and around windows for mold and mildew.
- Check your crawlspace to make sure there is not standing water and that all insulation is in place.
- In the fall, drain the outside hoses and disconnect them from the faucets.
- Clean your refrigerator coils. Dust builds up very quickly and decreases the energy efficiency of your fridge.
- Clean your rain gutters and downspouts.
- Inspect your roof for missing or damaged shingles.
- Check your attic for leaks and uninvited guests.
- Check the caulking around tubs, sinks, showers and toilets for deterioration and separation. Replace when it becomes defective.
- Check the exterior of your house:
- Look for deteriorating caulking.
- Inspect your fireplace and chimney and have cleaned.
- If you have a septic tank, have a professional check it and pump it if necessary.
- Inspect the basement for water leaks and mold growth.
Many of the things on this list may not apply to you, or there are others that you can think of to add to the list. It isn’t so much what’s on the list, but rather that there is a list that is relevant to your home. Do yourself a favor and avoid the crisis that is just around the corner by keeping your home in the best condition you can.
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