We recommend home owners have annual, quarterly and monthly checklists of items to review to ensure their home is operating at peak performance.
To start, make lists! Below is a list to get you started and you can also google “home maintenance lists” for more ideas. Wherever you develop your list, the key is to give your house a check-up at least annually.
- Review for possible tile cracks or slipped tiles.
- Review for any dimpled flat roof areas
- Clean and remove any debris that may have accumulated during monsoon season
- Clean gutters of any debris to ensure water flows smooth
- Ensure trees are trimmed and not touching the roof/house or overhanging into your neighbors yard
- Ensure all drips are functioning and no leaks
- Trim to ensure it isn’t impeding your HVAC Equipment
Weather-Stripping & Caulking
- Ensure your doors and windows have a proper seal to prevent air leaking
- Ensure it isn’t cracking or slipping out of place
- Caulk the seals from the window frame to house
- Check any overhangs, patios or roof support for wood rot and repair
- If you have wood siding, replace any wood rot areas
- Paint provides a protective coating to prevent wood rot, so touch up areas needing touch-up and re-paint areas needing attention, as this will help your wood last longer.
- Ensure the door springs are in good condition
- Replace the battery of your remotes and or garage entry pads
- Look for termite tubes along your stem wall and along the side of your home
- Anything related to water fixtures, be sure to check for leaks and clogs and repair immediately. Items related to water leaks only get worse, so the sooner your repair, the better.
- Check your Furnace and HVAC Equipment. It’s a good idea to check during each change of season, so now is a good time to have that reviewed.
- Check your thermostat. They need to be replaced when not operating correctly and depending on the age of your thermostat, it might be time for replacement.
- How old are your smoke detectors. If they are more than 10 years old, you may want to replace. Check the manufacturer guidelines to verify the suggested lifespan of your smoke detector.
- Need a little touch-up paint? Or perhaps a full paint. The overall lifespan of your paint will be extended if you keep up with touch-up paint and small dents and dings.
- Check your windows to ensure double paned windows are still sealed. If your windows appear foggy, then it’s time to replace. Once the seal is broken on dual paned windows, they start to lose their insulation benefits and the cloudy appearance is not a great way to showcase your home.
- Check your window coverings to ensure operating properly. If you have blinds or shutters, replace or repair any slats or mechanisms that don’t operate correctly. If you have fabric items that are faded or torn, then it’s time to replace.
Cleaning is also part of a good maintenance program. We recommend you clean the following items on an annual basis.
- Power Wash Garage, Driveway, Siding
- Door tracks/Window Tracks
- Range Hood Filter – or more often depending on how much you cook
- Dryer Vent
- Check your chimney to ensure it’s clean of debris and will function well over the cooler months
- Replace all smoke detector batteries
- Seal any natural stone products in your home
- Check your fire extinguisher to ensure it’s charged
- Change air Filters
- Ensure your soft water tank is full of salt
- Check your hot water heater for rust marks or leaks – if any issues have it addressed immediately
How do you remember?
- Set alarms in your phone
- Keep a folder to track repairs
We hope this information has been helpful. Need any additional household maintenance or home prep tips to prepare your home for sale? Contact Holly at 480-266-8786 or Holly@Henbest.com.