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 or buckling carpet, etc.