Owning a home comes with the responsibility of upkeep. From making sure the furnace runs correctly to maintaining your septic system, these essential home maintenance tasks will ensure you don’t run into greater and more expensive home repairs. Today, we will cover some home maintenance tasks you should do every year to keep those appliances and systems running smoothly all year long.
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Home Maintenance Tasks You Should Do Every Year
Here is a list of essential home maintenance tasks that you should consider doing every year to keep your home in good condition:
- HVAC System Maintenance: Schedule a professional inspection and servicing of your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system to ensure optimal performance and energy efficiency. Here is a good CHECKLIST FOR HVAC PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE.
- Chimney Cleaning and Inspection: Have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional to remove creosote buildup and identify any potential issues that may pose a fire hazard.
- Gutter Cleaning: Clear out leaves, debris, and other obstructions from your gutters and downspouts to ensure proper drainage and prevent water damage to your home’s foundation.
- Roof Inspection: Hire a professional roofer to inspect your roof for any signs of damage, leaks, or missing shingles. Prompt repairs or maintenance can extend the lifespan of your roof and prevent costly issues down the line.
- Exterior Maintenance: Inspect the exterior of your home for cracks, peeling paint, or damaged siding. Address any necessary repairs or touch-ups to protect your home from weather elements.
- Window and Door Maintenance: Check for drafts, damaged seals, or cracked glass in your windows and doors. Replace worn weatherstripping and repair or replace any damaged components to improve energy efficiency and security.
- Foundation Inspection: Look for signs of foundation cracks or shifting. If you notice any issues, consult with a professional to assess the situation and recommend appropriate repairs.
- Plumbing System Check: Inspect your plumbing system for leaks, corrosion, or drips. Check under sinks, around toilets, and around water heaters for any signs of water damage. Fix any minor issues and call a plumber for more significant problems.
- Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Testing: Test and replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are functioning properly. Clean dust or debris that may have accumulated on the sensors.
- Pest Control: Conduct a thorough inspection of your home for signs of pests such as termites, ants, or rodents. Address any infestations promptly by hiring professional pest control services. You can read my blog post here on how to get rid of flies outdoors and enjoy your outdoor space.
- Inspect Electrical Systems: Check your electrical system, including outlets, switches, and circuit breakers, for any signs of damage or wear. Replace faulty components and consider hiring an electrician for a comprehensive inspection.
- Clean and Maintain Appliances: Clean the coils of your refrigerator, descale your coffee maker, and clean or replace filters in your HVAC system, humidifier, and dryer vents. This helps improve energy efficiency and prolong the lifespan of your appliances.