Home Maintenance Schedule
The changing seasons bring excitement – the first snowfall, swim, or tinge of color on the trees. The seasons also bring important seasonal maintenance tasks that can get forgotten in all the excitement.
Neighborly is here to help with a seasonal home maintenance schedule to keep you on track.
There may be tasks you need to add to the list, and others you can skip right over. The idea is to establish a routine so you don’t fall behind and end up with a leaking roof, or worse, a flooded basement.
Seasonal Home Maintenance Schedule
Don’t let the anticipation of warm weather and blooming flowers distract you from spring home maintenance:
- Trim/prune trees and shrubs (do it in early spring before growth starts).
- Pressure wash your home’s exterior, porches and deck furniture.
- Inspect the deck for maintenance and repair needs.
- Deep clean the house.
- Inspect your home’s exterior for rot,peeling paint or insect damage.
- Clean the gutters.
- Get your air conditioner serviced.
- Clear dead plants/debris from yard.
- Inspect your roof for leaks, missing shingles or damage.
- Inspect your property for trees interfering with power lines and branches overhanging your rooftop.
- Replace or repair any damaged windows or door screens
Warm weather is here, but that doesn’t mean you’re off the hook for summer home maintenance:
- Clean and organize the garage.
- Clean vent hood fan.
- Clean garbage disposal.
- Inspect landscaping for standing water and other run-off problems.
- Inspect driveway/concrete for cracks that may get worse.
- Deadhead flowers and investigate any problem spots in your garden/yard.
Resist the urge to hunker down before winter sets in and knock out a few home maintenance chores:
- Check windows and doors for air leaks to save on your heating bill.
- Clean window wells of debris.
- Winterize outdoor irrigation.
- Have furnace serviced if needed.
- Clean chimney if needed.
- Rake and remove all leaves from the yard.
- Disconnect garden hose and ensure no water remains in it.
- Cut back perennials.
- At end of fall, drain gas from lawn mower.
Completing just a few home maintenance tasks in the winter can help avoid costly repair bills:
- Clean faucet aerators.
- Inspect caulking and grout in kitchens and bathrooms.
- Clean dryer vent and other exhaust vents.
- Vacuum refrigerator coils.
- Descale showerheads.
- Check all locks, deadbolts, and latches for proper operation.
- Clean and inspect basement.
- Have the carpets professionally steam cleaned.
- Check fire extinguisher expiration dates.
- Test garage door auto-reverse feature.
- Check water softener (if applicable).
- Check GFCI outlets.
- Service generator (if applicable).
- Inspect and change furnace filters.
- Inspect exterior accent lighting.
Biannually (Twice a Year)
- Flush hot water heater and remove sediment.
- Check batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
- Operate the water heater relief valve and ensure water flows from overflow valve.
- Test sump pump for proper operation.
Use this checklist to get in a seasonal home maintenance routine that keeps your home in great shape. Just remember to do what works best for you. If you need a helping hand, contact any of the Neighborly home service brands for guaranteed results.