The Complete Home Maintenance To-Do List
Tackle home maintenance tasks like changing furnace filters or smoke detector batteries with our complete home maintenance to-do list. Start today!
Each month, perform these simple maintenance tasks to avoid costly repairs down the road.
Change or Clean Furnace and HVAC Filters
Dust, dirt, pet dander, and other particles are susceptible to clogging up your furnace and HVAC air filters. Replace or clean them once per month to ensure proper performance. This step also helps improve the air quality within your home.
Clean All Wall Heater Grilles
It is important to clean the grilles and soak filters in warm, soapy water once per month to prevent dirt and dust from building up.
Note: The breaker must be turned off before the grille is removed. Ensure that it has dried completely before putting it back in its place.
Vacuum Registers and Grilles
Check Water Softener
Check the State of Fire Extinguishers
Clean Your Range Hood Filter
Test All Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Testing smoke and carbon monoxide detectors is incredibly simple. Press and hold “Test” until you hear a loud alarm. Should the alarm sound weak or not make any noise at all, replace the batteries without delay.
Note: Old batteries should never be used in smoke or carbon monoxide detectors.
Quarterly Home Maintenance
When performed on a quarterly basis, these DIY-friendly chores can help your home age well.
Clean Out Lint Ducts and Surrounding Areas of the Dryer
To reduce the risk of a fire, it is crucial to vacuum the lint ducts and areas around your dryer. Remove the lint filter and, using a vacuum, clean out the lint trap housing. Be sure to disconnect the dryer duct and clean out the duct work as well.
Note: Always ensure that the gas valve has been turned off before cleaning.
Replace Any Frayed Cords
Clean Washer Inlet Filters and Look for Any Leaks
The inlet filters in your washing machine help keep any debris and mineral deposits out of your machine’s water. Clean them once every three months in warm, soapy water, and replace them as required.
Note: Always ensure the water supply is turned off BEFORE removing inlet filters. Read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully to remove inlet filters properly.
Inspect Sink, Tub, and Shower Caulking
Drain and Flush Your Hot Water Heater
Clean Out Air Exchanger Filters
A house is among the best investments, so make sure to treat yours as such.
Septic Tanks: Have your septic tanks inspected by a professional and check for any backup between inspections.
Air Conditioners: When the temperatures rise, give your air conditioner a good cleaning. First, disconnect it. Then, spray your unit with a hose to remove any debris, and use coil cleaner on the outside.
Get your home in tip top shape for summer thanks to these simple, yet important tasks.
Roof: Inspect the surface, flashing, eaves, and soffits of your roof. Clear out your gutters and downspouts, and ensure they are still draining properly. Make any repairs required.
Caulking: Take a closer look at your exterior caulking and fill in any cracks and edges.
Windows and Doors: Thoroughly clean the screens of all windows and doors. Apply a coat of paint to any windowsills, doorsills, and thresholds that need it.