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Home Maintenance Tips. A handy schedule lists all your regular maintenance for your home all year round.

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Home Maintenance Tips and Reminders for yearly maintenance

Click to download the maintenance checklist in a .pdf file.

January…

__Clean furnace & humidifier filters.
__Maintenance drain hot water tank.
__Check & adjust humidity level in house.
__Check window condensation.
__Check/ recharge fire extinguishers.
__Test window locks for fire escape route.
__Test/replace carbon monoxide
batteries.
__Test/replace smoke detector batteries.

February…

__Deep clean or steam carpeting.
__Check hardwood floors for cracking.
__Check ceramic & linolium floor caulking & grout.
__Check kitchen & bath caulking & grout.
__Check bath exhaust fan & vent.
__Clean garbage disposal (use whole lemon/ice cubes).
__Check central vac vents & canister filter.
__Clear exterior vent of snow & debris.

March…

__Clean furnace & humidifier filters.
__Check drain for clogs.
__Check walls & ceiling for cracks & repair.
__Check operation of sump pump.
__Check windows & screens for any needed repairs.
__Take down Christmas lights ???

April…

__Check/clean air conditioner and filters.
__Check basement walls & floor for moisture
__Check roof shingles & flashings.
__Inspect for insects & rodents.
__Check & repair any exhaust fans.
__Phone Utilities to trim trees off electrical lines.
__Check & update First Aid kit.

May…

__Clear all exterior vents of debris.
__Clear debris from window wells.
__Clean gutters & downspouts.
__Check gutter water flow away from foundation.
__Clean & wash house exterior.
__Clean & wash exterior window glass & drain holes.
__Prepare gardens & fertilize lawn.
__Repair fence, deck & siding.

June…

__Clean & maintain barbecue.
__Paint/stain exterior of house, fence & decks.
__Check stairs & hand rails for sturdiness & reliability.
__Clean & seal exterior natural stone/slate.
__Inspect washing machine water hoses (replace every 5 years).
__Inspect/clean dryer venting to exterior.
__Inspect dishwasher for leaks.
__Clean & maintain appliances.

July…

__Check Fire extinguishers.
__Air out damp crawl spaces & basements.
__Lubricate squeaky hinges etc.
__Lubricate & maintain overhead garage door
__Clean & adjust ceiling fan paddles.
__Review home security system.

Enjoy your summer break!

August…

__Review electrical system.
__Label main panel breakers.
__Check door bell.
__Check exterior lighting.
__Check GFI plugs.
__List & stock needed household light bulbs.
__Schedule furnace & air duct cleaning.
__Sort hazardous waste-dispose of at any Fire hall.

September…

__Inspect chimney flues & caps for nests & obstructions.
__Clean fireplace flues.
__Call Gas Company for FREE furnace inspection.
__Test existing or install new programmable thermostat.
__Trim away branches that overhang chimney.
__Clean window wells of debris.
__Check that grading runs away from foundation wall.
__Clean/repair & store away garden equipment.
__Sort & store items, that may be damaged from freezing.
__Fertilize lawn.

October…

__Clean furnace & humidifier filters.
__Drain outside water & irrigation lines.
__Disconnect, drain & store water hose.
__Check window & door weather stripping.
__Caulk & seal exterior of house.
__Caulk & seal exterior concrete.
__Winterize plants & landscaping.
__Plant, move or trim (most) trees and shrubs.

November…

__Clean furnace filters.
__Clean & maintain humidifier.
__Check water heater operation & maintain.
__Clean range hood filter.
__Adjust air register grills for balanced air flow.

December…

__Put up the Christmas lights!!!
__Clean furnace & humidifier filters.
__Check for frost buildup (sign of moisture) in attic.
__Check gutters & downspouts for formation of ice dams.
__Check snow on roof.
__Clean furnace air filters.

*HAPPY HOLIDAYS & SEASONS GREETINGS*

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