Home Maintenance Checklist

In the words of Benjamin Franklin himself “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This statement couldn’t be truer in regards to taking care of your home. Regular maintenance is the key to keeping minor, inexpensive fixes from turning into time-consuming and expensive repairs. Inspecting your home on a regular basis and following good maintenance practices is the best way to protect your investment in your home. Whether you complete one or two tasks at a time or several all at once, it is important to get into the habit of conducting regular maintenance. Establish a routine for yourself and you will find the work is easy to accomplish and not very time consuming. A regular schedule of seasonal maintenance can put a stop to the most common and costly problems before they occur. If necessary, use a camera to take pictures of anything you want to monitor over time, remind yourself of for future maintenance needs, or share with an expert for advice. Year-Round Home Maintenance Checklist While most maintenance is seasonal, the following items should be done more frequently throughout the year. Inspect indoor and outdoor air vents to ensure they are clear and not blocked by snow or debris. Inspect and clean range hood filters on a monthly basis. Test the ground fault circuit interrupter(s) monthly by pushing the test button. If working properly, the reset button should pop out when you push the test button. If you have young children in your home, make sure electrical outlets are equipped with safety plugs. Regularly check for safety hazards such as loose handrails, lifting...