Home Maintenance Tasks To Add to Your List
From dusting to storing seasonal items and completing various annual home maintenance tasks, your spring cleaning list can become overwhelming, fast.
Tasks that many homeowners do less often, such as servicing your plumbing, cleaning your fireplace and garage, and washing your walls are ones you don’t want to leave off the list. Regular home maintenance can help save time and money in the future.
On-Going Home Maintenance Matters
Regular home maintenance helps eliminate surprises down the road. It is important to maintain your home whether planning to sell or not.
Scheduling annual maintenance tasks allow you time to check in on some items and areas that often get overlooked while cleaning throughout the year. Proper home maintenance can not only save you time in the long-term, but it can also save you money. By making small repairs as things deteriorate it can reduce the need for large, costly repairs in the future.
Home Maintenance Checklist
As you’re preparing for your big “Spring Cleaning” and annual home maintenance checks, here are a few things you’ll want to add to your list.
Simple things to check inside the home are
- Check and replace batteries in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors at least once a year.
- Reverse ceiling fans so that they rotate in a counter-clockwise direction to move air down during the hot summer months.
- Inspect bathroom and kitchen caulk; recaulk if needed
- Vacuum refrigerator coils
- Check for leaks in your attic
- Pour water down any unused drains
Start your spring cleaning outside with projects such as
- Raking leaves
- Adding mulch to flowerbeds.
- Clean and/or replace window screens
- Inspect weather stripping around windows and doors
- Hose off the exterior of your house
- Oil garage door tracks
- Inspect your deck
- Clean outdoor entertainment areas
While walking around your property look for
- Cracks in the driveway
- Signs of loose or broken shingles on the roof
- Any clogs in the gutters.
- Visible signs of carpenter ants, termites, or any other destructive insects.
If you detect any problems while performing your checks, now is the time to get ahead of them. Don’t wait for small problems to become larger, more costly issues down the road. After the winter they may need to be swept and washed off.
Focus on Clutter
Storage areas are a great hiding spot for clutter. It’s easy for things to get lost or hidden in these spaces over time. Begin decluttering storage areas with 3 boxes:
- Donate or Consign
- Put Away(somewhere else)
This will help you determine what to do with the items you find.
Looking to tackle a highly-used area? Organizing your kitchen pantry is a great place to start. Start by removing expired products. Then, separate items you have but won’t use, that could be donated to a local food bank. Once you have done the sorting, store “like with like” and create a filing system, of sorts, using baskets and bins to group the items. This gives everything a place and wrangles all those boxes and bags into manageable bins.
Small Task. Big Impact
Looking for a long term project that can have a big impact?
Tasks such as pressure washing and painting baseboards can take longer but will have a big impact on your home’s appearance. Another larger task to consider is cleaning out the gutters, while this is not cosmetic, it’s important to remove all that fall foliage from your gutters before spring and summer rain arrives.
After the winter exterior spaces may need to be swept and washed off. If a quick sweep or rinse doesn’t do the trick, pressure washing is a great option for breathing new life into patios, decks and even your home’s exterior.
Spring cleaning can be more than home maintenance. Once tax season is over, it can be a great time to clean out old files and documents. Ready to be more organized? Adopt a filing system that works best for you, whether a filing cabinet or scanning important documents for digital storage and stick to it. Use the same sorting methods as above, decide what items you should keep and which items are ok to toss. REMINDER: Be sure to shred any important documents that you decide to discard.
Get Ahead for Your Upcoming Move
If you are thinking of selling your home in the coming months, now is a great time to “lighten your load.” Think about what items you may not want to relocate, or those you will replace in a new home. Consider selling or donating these items now to eliminate clutter in your home.
Keeping up with home maintenance tasks on a regular basis can eliminate surprises down the road. While you’re spending additional time at home, now is a great time to take inventory of some of those tasks that may have fallen by the wayside in the past. Even if you aren’t considering selling this year, maintaining your home ensures that when the opportunity arises, you won’t have the extra burden of backlogged repairs and updates. Regularly completing tasks such as interior and exterior deep cleaning, home maintenance checks and timely repairs, are just a few of the ways you can stay ahead.