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Home Maintenance Schedule and Checklist

Home Maintenance

Like a car, your home needs regular maintenance and occasional tune-ups to stay in tip-top shape. Fortunately, you can complete most of the following tasks yourself by following this season-by-season schedule of indoor and outdoor maintenance.


Spring Home Maintenance

In spring, focus on freshening up your home and protecting your property against the season's strong winds and rains.

Spring Maintenance
Outdoor Tasks:
Walk around your home's exterior and open crawl space vents at the foundation.
Clean gutters and downspouts.
Inspect roof and chimney for cracks and damage.
Touch up peeling or damaged paint.
Wash all windows, inside and out.
Install screens on windows and doors.
Clean outdoor furniture and air out cushions.
Service your lawn mower.
Fertilize your lawn.
Indooor Tasks:
Walk around your home's exterior and open crawl space vents at the foundation.
Clean gutters and downspouts.
Inspect roof and chimney for cracks and damage.
Touch up peeling or damaged paint.
Wash all windows, inside and out.
Install screens on windows and doors.
Clean outdoor furniture and air out cushions.
Service your lawn mower.
Fertilize your lawn.

Summer Home Maintenance

In summer, complete the following projects to keep your yard lush and your home cool.

Spring Maintenance
Outdoor Tasks:
Prune trees and shrubs.
Remove lint from dryer exhaust vent with a long, flexible brush.
Clean and reinstall window air conditioners stored in the winter.
Indooor Tasks:
Change or clean heating, ventilating and air conditioning filters. Consult manufacturer instructions for your furnace to determine whether you need to change filters more frequently.
Clean kitchen appliances inside and out, including refrigerator coils.
Maintain clean drains by adding a half-cup of baking soda followed by a half-cup of white vinegar. After 10 minutes, flush with boiling water.
Drain or flush water heater.

Fall Home Maintenance

In fall, prepare your home and yard for cooler temperatures, falling leaves and more hours spent indoors.

Spring Maintenance
Outdoor Tasks:
Clean gutters and downspouts.
Inspect roof and chimney for cracks and damage.
Rake leaves and shred to use as mulch or dispose of them based on local guidelines.
Close or install storm windows.
Remove hoses from spigots and drain and store indoors, coiled and flat.
Store outdoor furniture and cushions.
Indooor Tasks:
Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when you set clocks back in the fall.
Check windows and doors for weather-tightness and install weather stripping where it's needed.
Have furnace professionally inspected.
If needed, set traps for rodents.

Winter Home Maintenance

In winter, enjoy energy-efficient warmth and the fruits of your home-maintenance labors. Use this time of the year to thoroughly clean and care for your home's interior while taking a few precautionary measures on the outside.

Spring Maintenance
Outdoor Tasks:
Walk around your home's exterior and check the crawl space vents located at the foundation. Close any that are open.
Remove and store window air conditioners.
Clean and store garden tools.
Indooor Tasks:
Change or clean furnace filters. Consult manufacturer instructions for your furnace to determine how frequently the filters should be replaced.
Clean kitchen appliances inside and out, including refrigerator coils.
Maintain clean drains by adding one-half-cup baking soda followed by one-half-cup white vinegar. After 10 minutes, flush with boiling water.
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