Maintaining your home is one of the best investments you can make. Regular maintenance can help you avoid expensive repairs such as replacing a roof, mold outbreak or termite infestation, and it will also help you protect your investment when you sell your home in the future.
Home Maintenance Checklist:
Preventive maintenance includes routine checks and repairs that improve your home’s appearance and function. It can also prevent expensive damage. Examples:
- Check your roof, basement and outside walls for water or insect damage.
- Repair and replace caulk, weather-stripping, glazing, and window and door seals as needed to reduce air flow.
- Inspect insulation and replace any wet or damaged pieces.
- Clean debris from gutters and downspouts.
- Examine carpets and flooring. Treat minor mold growths quickly.
- Have your furnace, air conditioner and hot water heater inspected, upgrading them as needed to improve energy efficiency. Replace air filters regularly.
- Thoroughly clean lint and debris that have built up in dryer ducts and behind lint screens.
Ongoing maintenance includes fixing or replacing items as they wear out through normal use. For example:
- Repair or replace an inefficient furnace, air conditioner or water heater to save energy and money.
- Repair and replace leaking faucets and plumbing.
- Routinely replace smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries.
Check out the guide to preventative maintenance tips. Also consult with your local utility companies to discover any discounts available for maintenance upgrades, such as installing a gas furnace versus an electric one, energy efficient windows and energy audits.