Maintain Your Home With This Handy Checklist

"Richard W. James"

 

 

Here is a list to help you protect your home from the damaging effects of weather, wear and tear, and accidents.

 

Fire Safety:

 

  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Replace batteries a minimum of twice a year.
  • Check and/or replace fire extinguishers.
  • Clear lint traps, hood vents and fans.
  • Clean and inspect chimney.

 

Weatherproofing:

 

  • Check for leaks around windows and doors.
  • Fill any cracks or gaps.
  • Upgrade insulation to improve heating and cooling efficiency.
  • Add or replace weather stripping.

 

Inspect Building Exterior:

 

  • Check roof for leaks, especially around vents, skylights and chimneys.
  • Power-wash exterior, noting the condition of siding.
  • Inspect landscaping, paying attention to low spots or signs of pooling water.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts.

 

Check for Damage:

 

  • Deal with any pests in basements and attics.
  • Inspect foundation and fill any cracks with epoxy.
  • Check for dampness and for signs of mold and mildew.
  • Assess and/or remove any dead or severely damaged trees.

 

 Annual Servicing:

 

  • Inspect and service hot water tank.
  • Test faucets, and change washers and screens.
  • Clean and replace HVAC system filters.
  • Service HVAC system.
  • Check outlets and replace light bulbs.

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