Thomas Downing

Thomas Downing

Designated Managing Broker, VP of Brokerage Services                         

Home Maintenance Checklist & Calendar.

Following this maintenance checklist on a regular basis can help your home look its best, keep utility bills down and prevent more costly repairs in the future.

  • Foundation – Check for moisture and cracks that are expanding.
  • Roof – Inspect for loose tiles or shingles and signs of leaks around vents, skylights, and chimneys.
  • Paint – Touch up any interior or exterior paint that is cracking or peeling.
  • Gutters – Clean out gutters and downspouts to remove leaves and other blockages.
  • Chimney – Clean out the chimney to remove buildup of flammable substances.
  • Water Heater – Drain the water heater until it is clear of sediment and refill with clean water. (This will extend the life of your water heater.)
  • Heating and Cooling System – Change all filters. (Depending on the type of filters you use, this may need to be done as often as once a month.)
  • Clothes Dryer – Vacuum the lint from ducts and surrounding areas.
  • Refrigerator – Vacuum condenser coils to increase energy efficiency.
  • Exhaust Fans – Clean grill and fan blades.
  • Garbage Disposal – Flush with hot water and baking soda.
  • Doors and Windows – Lubricate hinges and moving parts; polish metal hardware.
  • Garage Door – Clean and lubricate hinges, rollers, and tracks.
  • Flooring – Shampoo carpets and wax floors.
  • Caulking and Grout – Inspect caulking and grout around tubs, showers, and sinks and reapply if necessary.
  • Fire Extinguishers – Check to see if they are fully charged and recharge or replace if necessary.
  • Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors – Test batteries and replace if necessary.

Regular home maintenance is essential to ensure a safe and efficient home. It’s a good idea to set aside some money in your budget each month for home maintenance and repair. As a rule of thumb, homeowners spend between 1% and 3% of their home’s value on maintenance and repair each year. Here’s an easy checklist broken down by month with everything you need to do to your house throughout the year.