Make the effort to maintain and protect your home so that it can protect you and your family all year long. It may seem overwhelming to keep up on the varied and numerous tasks involved in preserving and maintaining a home, so it can help to break these chores down into a more manageable schedule.
Some monthly maintenance tasks include:
- Change the filters. Change the air filters in your air conditioning units and heating system to improve their performance and ensure that the air in your home is dust-free.
- Flush the drains in the house. At least once a month, pour hot water down the drains in your kitchen and bathrooms to get rid of stubborn sludge that can result in clogs and slow-drains.
- Clean the stove or range hood. Get rid of the grease that accumulates above your stove and in your hood, to reduce the risk of a fire.
- Test your home's smoke detectors. Make a habit of testing out your home's smoke detectors and replace the batteries as needed.
Plan on the following seasonal chores to keep things running smooth:
- Clean out your gutters. Your home's gutters are responsible for guiding water off the roof and away from the home. Without maintenance, these segments can leak, sag, or even break-free and cause property damage.
- Take a look at your roof. Prepare for the winter ahead by taking a good look at your home's roof in the summer or fall. Repairing these issues before the snow falls can prevent moisture damage that can involve far more costly repairs later.
- Check your home's weather-stripping. Repair or replace worn or damaged weather-stripping around your windows and doors. This will reduce the cost to heat and cool your home, and prevent leaks that could make these systems less effective.
- Test your home's thermostat. Make sure that your thermostat is working accurately at least once in the summer and winter to curb unnecessary use of energy. Take time to remove the cover and clear away any dust or debris that could be accumulated and impacting its efficacy.
At least once a year, arrange the following home projects:
- Take a hard look at your home's driveway. Repair broken asphalt and seal cracks when they appear to prevent further damage that may require a complete resurfacing.
- Have fire extinguishers re-charged. Your fire extinguishers should be charged periodically to ensure they work when you need them most.
- Inspect your home's chimney. Hire a chimney professional once a year to remove the soot from your chimney that can lead to a fire.
- Hire someone to inspect your septic system. Have your system inspected by a plumbing professional annually to ensure you are not at risk of contaminating groundwater, which can be a costly catastrophe.
Hire contractors to do chores that are more involved, such as inspecting your septic system or repairing a roof, and take on tasks like flushing your drains and testing your home's thermostat yourself. Make the effort to stick to a schedule and you won't feel overwhelmed by the number of things that deserve attention around the house!