Friday, February 28, 2014 7:00:00 AM
In this post you’ll learn …
- Monthly maintenance tips for the interior of your home.
- Monthly maintenance tips for the exterior of your home.
- Downloadable PDF checklist for the monthly maintenance post
Creating A Monthly Home Maintenance Check List
Maintaining your home on a regular basis is smart. If you catch a problem in the early stages, it is easier to correct it before it becomes a huge expense. For example, if you have a slow drip under your kitchen sink, a timely fix not only saves on your water bill, but it can prevent damage to the inner floor of the cabinet and the potential growth of mold. A checklist makes it easy to keep track of what needs to be done each month.
Here is a handy monthly home maintenance checklist.
- Fire extinguishers: Make sure that they fully charged -- recharge or replace if needed.
- Stoppers in sinks and drains: Check and make sure the stoppers are not cracked or deteriorating. Remove any debris and any scum with a white vinegar/water solution or commercial cleaning product.
- Water softener: Check the drum for proper salt level and replenish as needed.
- Furnace filters: Check filters monthly and replace as needed.
- Vents and cold air returns: Vacuum cold air returns with a brush attachment. Lift up floor vents and vacuum both sides; run the hose of the vacuum cleaner down the vent to remove loose debris.
- Outdoor dryer vent: Use a flashlight to look inside the vent from the outside to see if it looks clear. When the dryer is running go outside and make sure that air is passing freely. Clean as needed. The vent inside the dryer itself should be cleaned after every use.
- Windows: Check for cold air drafts coming through the window when closed. Make sure the windows are properly closed and locked. When weather permits, replace caulking as needed. Windows that are inefficient should be replaced with quality, energy-efficient windows such as Stanek Windows.
- Doors: Make sure that exterior doors close tightly and that the locks work. Check interior doors for good closure and if the hinges squeak, oil as needed.
- Filters: Check and clean oven vent filters.
- Faucets: Check faucets for leaks or drips and repair leaks in a timely fashion. Rinse or replace faucet screens as needed.
- Toilets: Check for leaks; replace hoses and interior tank kits as needed.
- Plumbing: Check pipes, especially those that are hidden in closets or sink bases for leaks. If they need fixed, repair them as soon as possible. Check grout and caulk around bathtubs and replace as needed. Fix slow moving drains with plumbing additives or contact a local plumber.
- Check sump pump: Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for checking the pump to be sure it turns on when water enters the sump crock.
- Humidifier: Check and replace humidifier filters and change residual water when low.
- Check security system: Call the company for routine checks on live monitoring of your system.
- Exterior: Walk around checking for cracks in the foundation, broken or loose siding and damaged or missing shingles. Repair or replace as needed.
- Check exterior faucets: Fix leaks or loose fittings and turn off exterior faucets before each winter.
- Exterior lighting: Check after dark to be sure it is working. Replace bulbs or wiring as needed.
While it may take a little time and planning to run through the items on this list each month, it is worth the effort in the long run to plan ahead by creating a monthly home checklist.