From the inside out
Each season, there are tasks to be tackled to keep your house tight and tidy. Behind every eye-catching home is a homeowner who works hard to keep it that way. Roof, porches, decks, gardens, windows – every piece of your home needs routine care to work efficiently and to keep up the curb appeal. A simple seasonal checklist will help track your home’s growing to-do list and ensure that nothing gets left behind (or worse, left to fester into a more expensive and time-consuming repair). Winter is in the rear-view mirror, summer is up ahead at the next turnoff. Get a jump start on these tedious household tasks so you can enjoy some lazy summer days.
Part 1: Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy Maintenance
1. Test House Alarms
Simply push the test button on your smoke and carbon monoxide alarm and listen for the alarm to go off. Don’t hear anything? Put in new batteries and repeat.
2. Change the filter in your furnace
Furnace filters need to be changed on a regular basis so clean air can circulate through your home. Replace once every three to four months.
3. Vacuum the Vents
Remove the coverings on your vents and vacuum the dust for a quieter, more efficient vent.
4. Turn on your outside water taps
Run the water through the hoses and make sure that there are no blockages or rusting.
Part 2: Hour-Long Projects
1. Check for Leaky Pipes
Leaky pipes are a bank breaker. Feel your walls for wetness, check the water pressure and monitor your water bill. Any suspicious signs could mean a leak.
2. Inspect the Air Conditioners
If you have a window unit, remove and clean the filter every season. If you have central air, the rule of thumb is to have the AC unit inspected by a professional, yearly, to keep the frigid air blowing.
3. Check Your Roof
Check for missing shingles or mould, or other extraneous matter which could damage the roof of your home. Better to make small repairs every summer than to spend thousands of dollars to replace the whole roof.
Part 3: The Tough Tasks
1. Restore the Deck and Patio
Summer is the perfect time to re-stain the deck and check for loose floorboards and mould. Give the whole surface a good scrub, power wash, sealing, or even some sanding for a fresh, clean appearance.
Early spring is also the time to remove wind-blown leaves tucked away in beds and borders, as well as last season’s foliage and flower stalks. Rake flower beds, freshen mulch, seed the lawn.
3. Check Exterior Paint and Siding
Peeling paint and chipped siding can let in bugs and the weather. Algae and mildew can also transpire if you live in a humid climate. Do a spot check around your home for any problem areas. By painting, cleaning, and repairing issues now, you will avoid the vacation-killing expense of having to replace the siding.
4, Clean Your Gutters
Begin cleaning the gutter near a downspout. Remove large debris (leaves, twigs, etc.) with a trowel and dump in a bucket for use as mulch. For finer materials, flush the gutter lengths with a hose starting at the end opposite the downspout.