A house may last for generations, but its parts and systems won't last a lifetime without regular attention.
A roof can spring a leak, for instance, or a furnace can fail on a frigid winter night.
Prevent problems in the first place by creating an annual preventative maintenance plan and sticking to it. Regularly checking your home's major systems lets you head off emerging crises.
Some problems you can handle yourself, depending on how handy you are, others call for a professional. In either case, if you're a homeowner, being aware of what requires regular maintenance - be it annually or on an as-needed basis - is key to keeping your home running smoothly.
The simple preventative maintenance tasks below take just a short time to perform and can help prevent hazardous conditions and expensive repairs down the road.
Tackle these tasks throughout the year to keep your home running smoothly. If you pencil them in on your calendar at the beginning of each year, you'll be more likely to remember to take care of them.
Take advantage of sunny days to inspect your home's exterior. Yearly home maintenance tasks include:
Inside your home, check the seal around your windows and doors, and replace weather stripping as needed.
This simple fix can make to your more home energy efficient.
This is also the time to check your home's flooring for wear, and plan to refinish, repair, or replace, as needed.
Seasonal home maintenance tasks to include:
Twice yearly tasks to tackle around your home:
Here are the essential preventative maintenance tasks to perform each month:
Some tasks only need to be done once or twice a year. The problem is that we forget to do them once or twice a year.
Or else, we tend to save it all for spring cleaning, which makes spring cleaning such a daunting chore that it doesn’t occur, either
I’ve found the best plan is to break annual and seasonal tasks down by month and tackle them on a daily or weekly basis.
Nothing gets too backed up, and things eventually get done. I’ve also found that concentrating on one room or area each month is more rewarding because you can see the results.
Here’s the month-by-month home maintenance and cleaning schedule that works best for me that you can try yourself, to help ensure it all gets done this year.