Home maintenance is one of those things that is easy to slip our minds or is put off as one of those tasks, which require completion once in a while only. Be careful though, as you may just end up being that house whose yard is covered in weed, walls with peeling paint, and a list of expensive repairs, which could have been avoided.
It could be daunting to think about these numerous tasks, especially if you are a new homeowner. It’s a long list – you cannot deny that. The best thing is that you can do most of it on your own without much experience.
What To Do In The Fall
When the weather starts to get colder, prioritize the maintenance of your heating equipment as they will get you through the season. Listed below are some tasks that you need that need taking care.
- Take screens of windows to store them (tag them to place them quickly in the spring, and repair or replace them now, if necessary). After washing the windows, replace with storm windows.
- Seal windows and doors with pickling time and also check caulking. Replace seals as may seem necessary.
- Check for roof leaks, missing or damaged shingles, and prevent pests from hiding in vents.
- Cut trees and shrubs within 3 inches of your home.
- Check the outside faucet for trickles, then drain and twist it off. Store hoses.
- Clean downspouts and gutters.
- Clean, oil and store garden tools. (It can also be stored in a sand bucket to prevent oxidation.)
- Store and clean and patio furniture (if required cover it with a waterproof material).
- Check smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace batteries if necessary. Also, check the extinguishers. This is a good time to do fire drills and review your emergency documents.
- Remove air conditioners or protect them with a waterproof cover (if applicable).
- Check if the attic has insulation, leaks, squirrel hideaway, etc.
- Rinse the water heater to clear off the residue. Bleed the radiators if you have hot water. Do not do it when the system is in use because the water can cause burning.
- Clean and empty refrigerator coils.
- Examine kitchen and bathroom cabinets and fixtures for leaks, and avoid water damage by collecting or regrouping countertops in the kitchen or bathroom as needed.
What To Do During Spring
Spring maintenance involves many of the same tasks required for fall. Listed below are some tasks that you might need to get done.
- Wash windows and replace windows against storms with screens.
- Check gutters and downspouts and clean if necessary.
- Check the exterior walls for damage or deterioration (e.g. brickwork or coating repairs, paint peeling)
- Check if the cover has damages caused by stains or water. A pressure washer can help get rid of your mould and moss cover.
- Check smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace batteries if necessary.
- Check the basement for cracks or leaks, moisture and mildew.
- Inspect kitchen and bathroom fixtures and avoid damage due to water by replacing countertops and tiles in the kitchen or bathroom as needed.
- Check the clothes dryer vents and wipe the lint.
To maximize your efficiency and get all these daunting tasks done, you may want to create a home maintenance schedule for yourself. Whether online or on paper, you can record small tasks for every weekend and not be too besieged by them.
Do what works for you and your program, and as long as all these things are accomplished, your home will be happy for years and years to come.
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