If youâve ever owned a home before, you know that just like your vehicle needs regular maintenance like oil changes to run wellâso does your home. It can be easy to ignore or put these things off, but a well-maintained home will save you money from costly repairs in the long run, and make your home easier to sell when the time comes.
Start giving your home some TLC with some of these must-do maintenance tips:
- Change HVAC or furnace filters. If your family is small and pet-free, simply inspect the filter and replace every 2-3 months.
- Clean range hood filters. Mix a degreaser with hot water, let it soak, then rinse it off.
- Check water softener. Check the salt level, add some if needed, and read the display to make sure no error codes are displayed. Youâll usually only add salt a few times a year.
- Deep clean. Roll up your sleeves and deep clean appliances, windows, lighting, and every crevice and corner. Keeping a clean home and not letting dirt build up will help keep it polished.
- Test the pressure relief valve on the water heater. This prevents corrosionâprotecting leaks and helping it run efficiently.
- Replace batteries in smoke/carbon dioxide detectors. Make it a habit to change batteries every time you set the clocks for daylight savings time.
- Vacuum refrigerator coils. The fridge can account for up to 15 percent of your homeâs total powerâkeep it running efficiently.
Annually Organized by Season
Spring â Thereâs a reason itâs called âSpring Cleaningâ
- Service central air. Do this before the weather heats upâ you can often get this done at a discounted rate with enough time to spare before it gets sweltering hot.
- Check gutters and drainage. When April showers start coming down, will the water flow away from your house? Keep gutters clear so the water can flow where itâs supposed to.
- Test sump pump. You donât want to wait until you need it to find out itâs not working!
- Check grout in the bathroom and kitchen. Fix the grout where neededâThis will extend the life of tiled surfaces and keep them looking new.
- Check windows and screens. Clean window wells of fall and winter debris.
Summer â Shift your focus to the outdoors and enjoy the sunshine
- Clean ducts, sweep the chimney and get heating systems ready. Youâll be turning these on at the first hint of crisp fall weather, so do this now.
- Check and clean the clothes dryer vent. While running, check the exhaust for the smell of fresh laundry. If the exhaust is marginal, check for blockages. Also, vacuum the lint from dryer hose.
- Clean garage. The garage is easy to ignore, get out there while the weather is nice, and check garage door sensors are working while youâre in there.
Fall â prepare for winter during this in-between season
- Winterize A/C systems. Store window units and, if you have central air, cover the outside unit with a tarp. Donât forget to fasten with bungee cords for secure coverage throughout the season.
- Flush and store hoses. Drain the water so it doesnât freeze.
Winter â cozy up and stay warm
- Break Icicles. As pretty as they look, donât let them growâthey could fall unexpectedly, hurt someone and cause damage from their weight. When they melt, they can cause water damage to the foundation.
- Remove showerheads and clean deposits. This will keep your water pressure strong and keep them lasting long.
- Check the foundation for cracks. Use caulk or silicone to repair any small cracks before the Spring thaw.
While this list is comprehensive, this is not a complete list of all the things your home needs. Donât forget to reach out to your local real estate pro for more information on other crucial home upkeep.