Homeowner Maintenance Tips for Each Season

A little bit of maintenance will go a long way in keeping your home trouble free, energy efficient and safe. Here are a few homeowner maintenance tips to consider throughout the year.

Homeowner Maintenance Tips: Winter

  • Replace furnace filters once a month
  • Clean dryer vent
  • Clean air filters
  • Check caulk on windows and doors
  • Test sump pump
  • Change batteries in smoke detectors / carbon monoxide detectors
  • Turn off and remove outside hose lines
  • Disconnect and drain outdoor hoses
  • Turn off and drain all exterior faucets-a hard freeze could burst faucets or pipes
  • Test and clean the sump pump, and replace batteries if applicable

Homeowner Maintenance Tips: Spring

  • Change batteries in smoke detectors / carbon monoxide detectors
  • Replace furnace filters once a month
  • Reverse ceiling fan direction for downward flow
  • Clean gutters
  • Check roof for loose, damaged, or missing pieces
  • Re-seed yard or bare spots in your yard (weed, feed, fertilize, lime
  • Re-mulch shrub beds
  • Check foundation for proper drainage (add fill dirt if needed to keep water draining away from the foundation)
  • Check gutters
  • Clean condensate lines prior to starting up the air conditioner
  • Re-caulk shower and bath tile, escutcheons, and plumbing penetrations
  • Clean exterior window sills before installing screens
  • Install window screens
  • Have septic field serviced

Homeowner Maintenance Tips: Summer

  • Replace furnace filters once a month
  • Change batteries in smoke detectors / carbon monoxide detectors
  • Re-paint and re-caulk exterior wood surfaces every 2-3 years (this will help wood products last their longest and beautify your investment)
  • Treat pressure treated decks, steps, etc. every 2 years
  • Clean and lubricate windows and sliding glass doors for smoother sliding
  • Locate gravity drains for any obstructions

Homeowner Maintenance Tips: Fall

  • Replace furnace filters once a month
  • Reverse ceiling fan direction for downward flow
  • Re-seed yard or bare spots in your yard
  • Clean gutters, possibly several times
  • Check wood burning stove pipes and fireplace chimney – clean if necessary
  • Have gas supplier check and clean gas appliances
  • Change batteries in smoke detectors / carbon monoxide detectors

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