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Checklist to Keeping Your Home Functioning Properly
Seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist
Your home is an investment that requires ongoing maintenance to stay in tiptop shape. If you neglect annual and quarterly tasks, however, you risk overlooking potential issues that could lead to expensive repairs down the road. Stay on top of preventive maintenance tasks with a seasonal checklist and the reminders below.
Seasons..step by step:
Winter — To prevent pipes from bursting, drain and insulate exposed outdoor pipes and leave the water dripping inside on cold nights. In addition, check your boiler’s water level every now and again to make sure it doesn’t get too low.
Spring — Winter can leave a layer of grit on your home’s exterior. Get it ready for spring by cleaning windows, doors and siding with a garden hose or power washer. And also, while the weather is mild, have your HVAC systems serviced by a professional to keep them running at optimal efficiency.
Summer — Inspect your sprinkler system for clogs or malfunctioning heads. Keep an eye out for damaged pipes or pooling water to avoid a larger issue. Review or establish your family emergency plan and restock your disaster supply kit if necessary.
Fall — Get ahead of winter by having your chimney professionally inspected and cleaned. Make sure your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning properly and have fresh batteries. And keep your gutters clear of leaves and debris to protect your roof and foundation.
These are just a few maintenance items to stay on top of around the house. If you do these few steps here and there throughout the year it will keep you up on all of your annual, monthly and seasonal to-do’s to preserve the value of your home and avoid potential headaches down the line. Potentially catching something now verses later when it becomes a bigger problem, which will cost you more money if not caught sooner than later. You’ll be glad you did!