Maintaining your home is important to keep the value of your home and for the safety of your family. Properly maintaining your home can also save you money in the longterm by lengthening the lifespan of your home’s components.
That being said, we have made an extensive checklist to keep up with your home maintenance throughout the year.
This is what you should every month.
- Test your GFCI outlets to lengthen the lifespan and ensure operation. Do this by pushing the “test” button located on the GFCI outlet. You should hear a pop sound and power should no longer be running to the outlet. Then, press the “reset” button to reset the GFCI. The outlet should now have power.
- Exercise your circuit breakers by turning them on and off to ensure operation.
- Test your AFCI breakers to ensure operation and lengthen the lifespan. To do this, go to your electrical panel and locate your AFCI breakers. Then, press the “test” button on the AFCI breakers. The breaker should make a pop sound and the breaker should no longer be supplying power to the specified circuit. Then, reset the breaker by flicking it off and back on.
- Replace your HVAC filter if you have a large family or many pets to lengthen the lifespan of your HVAC unit.
- Ensure your pool is being properly maintained to avoid costly repairs. Consider hiring a pool guy.
- Ensure your sprinklers are being properly maintained by running a test.
Every three months you should do the following:
- Replace your HVAC filter to lengthen the lifespan of the unit.
- Check sinks and around toilets for leaks to prevent further cabinet damage.
- Clear vegetation away from your home to prevent water intrusion and keep bugs away.
- Look for stains on your ceilings to find roof leaks.
- Clean your gutters to prevent roof leaks and moisture intrusion.
- Check your exterior faucets for drips/leaks to avoid costly water bills.
- Oil Garage Door Springs for improved lifespan.
Climate conditions change every season and your home will be tested. Complete these maintenance items to ensure your home runs smoothly.
- Clean gutters after Fall to avoid roof leaks and water intrusion.
- Have your HVAC system serviced in the Spring (before Summer) and Fall (before Winter) to ensure it will continue working and to avoid high service fees.
- Check drainage and grading to ensure water flows away from your home before the rainy season.
In Florida, we have a lot of wind and rain. Here’s what you can do to prep your home before the hurricane season.
- Ensure you have hurricane preparation items.
- Count and layout your shutters to ensure they are all there.
- Buy plywood and cut accordingly to fit your openings.
- Ensure all shutter hardware for shutters is ready.
- Conduct a roof inspection yourself or hire an inspector.
- Paint/Caulk areas of your home that need it (around windows, be sure not to cover the weep holes).
- Clean out weep hole areas to avoid water intrusion at your windows.
Every year, you should complete the following:
- Replace smoke detector batteries and test for operation by pushing the test button on your smoke detector.
- Flush out your water heater by connecting a hose and opening the bottom valve.
- Clean your dryer vent by using this tool to prevent house fires.
- Pressure wash your home.
- Have an annual home maintenance inspection by a home inspector (this is especially useful for your roof and attic – catching a leak ahead of time will be less costly).
- Order a termite inspection if you do not have a termite bond.
- Give your house a deep DEEP DEEP clean.
- Check grout at kitchens, tubs, showers, and sinks to avoid water damage.
Revisit this checklist every year to be sure you are keeping up with your home maintenance.
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