Tuesday, May 19, 2015

How To Keep Your Home Maintenance On Track

Like anything else, cleaning and repairing your home once isn't going to make it last forever.  It's the consistent upkeep that keeps a house in good shape and extends its life.  In order to keep your home in prime condition, make sure to do these tasks regularly throughout the year:

Winter Home Cleaning
A lot of damage can come from wet winter conditions, so it's important to make sure all aspects of the house are in top shape.  Therefore, the main focus will be on heating and waterproofing. 

For the exterior of your home:
  • Put your window screens into storage (check the condition of your home's window screens as well to make a note of how many more seasons they will last).
  • Seal windows and doors of your home with weather stripping
  • Inspect the roof of your home for any leaks and damaged and/or missing roof shingles
  • Make sure your home's roof area is pest-free
  • Inspect your home's outdoor faucets for water leaks, drain them and turn them off
  • Clean your home's gutters and downspouts
  • Clean and store any garden hoses, patio furniture or garden tools
  • Have your home's chimney cleaned by a chimney professional
For the interior of your home:
  • Inspect your home's attic for leaks, insulation and pests
  • Inspect your bathrooms and the kitchen for leaks.  (Make sure to look in all areas, including cabinets and doorways).
  • Re-caulk or re-grout tiles and countertops in the home if needed
  • Clean refrigerator coils
  • Inspect smoke detectors, inspect carbon monoxide monitors and check fire extinguishers
  • Bleed radiator
  • Have your home heating system and heat pump serviced by a HVAC professional
Spring Cleaning
Spring cleaning involves checking to ensure that the items in your home are still fully functioning and can be used in the warmer months to come. Spring can be the ideal time to take any clutter that you may have out of your home.

For the exterior of your home:
  • Wash all windows
  • Inspect your home's gutters and downspouts for any necessary cleaning
  • Inspect the exterior of your home for any damage to the paint, wood, brick or stucco exterior components of your home
  • Power wash your home's deck and inspect for any damage or deck stains
For the interior of your home:
  • Inspect your home's smoke detectors, carbon monoxide monitors and check fire extinguishers
  • Inspect bathrooms and kitchen for leaks. (Make sure to look in all areas of your kitchen and bathroom(s), including inside of cabinets and doorways).
  • Re-caulk or re-grout tiles and countertops in the home if needed
  • Clean the clothes dryer vents of lint
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