There’s nothing worse than waking up on a Saturday with a plan to do some seasonal chores, only to realize that you’ve got some monster-sized problems on your hand. Congratulations on being a homeowner.
Get organized about it, and don’t be afraid to delegate. We’ve got you covered with this home maintenance checklist that will keep your home looking good, and feeling safe, so you can look forward to some lazy Saturdays ahead.
No matter where you live, the HVAC system should be one of the first things on your list. Spring is not immune to the odd heat wave. A little of maintenance can give your air conditioning unit 15 years if you do it right.
If you or your family has pets or allergies, check your HVAC filters and change them monthly. Put monthly alerts in your phone to remind you of that. Less expensive filters are fine, you just want to be sure that you change them more often.
If you really want to make sure your unit is in top shape, call a technician to run some servicing and maintenance. If this is your first summer in this home, it’s not a bad item to put on your list before you become overwhelmed with the thought of DIY AC maintenance.
If you don’t already know of existing plumbing problems, just give your house pipes and faucets a look. Look under the sinks to see if you can see any leaks or sings of leaks. Ceilings with water stains or stains that you aren’t sure of are probably water leaks, so check the ceilings as well.
Run every faucet in the kitchen, bathrooms, and basement, to be sure that you don’t have any leaks there. You’ll want to check the flapper in your toilet as well to ensure that is intact and running smoothly.
It is known that there is at least one burglary in America every 13 seconds. A camera on key entry points can be very affordable, and an in-house alarm system can cost as low as $20 a month with the right company. Do some research and make a budget for this, and you won’t regret that choice.
Another part of your security system is your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors. You need them, if you don’t have them. And if you do, make sure the batteries are refreshed and that they are working.
It doesn’t matter where you live, there will be pests somewhere once the spring begins. The most common pests to homeowners are termites and ants. Mice and rats can be as well, particularly if there are new builds in your area. Sometimes some pests can be dealt with through day-to-day maintenance, and sometimes you have a real problem.
Pests like rodents with tails are no fun. If this is an annual problem for you, seek a contract with an exterminator or pest control company. It could be the difference between paying $40 a month for the year, or several hundred dollars at once unexpectedly.
If you have a driveway, start with maintenance there first. It may not seem like it, but driveways could require thousands of dollars of repair if you get premature cracks or weather damage. A driveway that is maintained regularly can last 20 years or more. Make sure concrete driveways are sealed at least every 5 years. Interlock driveways need regular maintenance to remove the weeds.
After your driveway, work on your patio or deck. Power washing them annually might make regular maintenance a thing of the past. Hose them down with water and a cleaning solution, and then scrub them with a brush to loosen dirt and bacteria.
Start a list for outdoor maintenance on your grounds and landscaping as well.
It may feel like you have a month’s worth of Saturday’s work ahead, but it doesn’t have to. Delegate any or all of these services wherever you can, to save time, and make sure you get the job done right.
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