If you’ve been a homeowner before, you know that just like your vehicle needs regular maintenance like oil changes to run well—so does your home. It can be easy to ignore or put these things off, but a well-maintained home will save you money from costly repairs in the long run, and make your home easier to sell when the time comes.
While this list is comprehensive, it’s not a complete list of all the things your home needs.
· If your family is small and pet-free, simply inspect the filter and replace it every 2-3 months.
· Mix a degreaser with hot water, let it soak, then rinse it off.
· Check the salt level, add some if needed, and read the display to make sure no error codes are displayed. You’ll usually only add salt a few times a year.
· Roll up your sleeves and deep clean appliances, windows, lighting, and every crevice and corner. Keeping a clean home and not letting dirt build-up will help keep it polished.
· This prevents corrosion—protecting leaks and helping it run efficiently.
· Make it a habit to change batteries every time you set the clocks for daylight savings time.
· The fridge can account for up to 15 percent of your home’s total power—keep it running efficiently.
There’s a reason it’s called “Spring Cleaning”
· Do this before it gets hot and you can often get this done at a discounted rate with enough time to spare before it gets sweltering hot.
· When April showers start coming down, will the water flow away from your house? Keep gutters clear so the water can flow where it’s supposed to.
· You don’t want to wait until you need it to find out it’s not working!
· Fix the grout where needed—This will extend the life of tiled surfaces and keep them looking new.
· Clean window wells of fall and winter debris.
Shift your focus to the outdoors and enjoy the sunshine
· You’ll be turning these on at the first hint of crisp fall weather, so do this now.
· While running, check the exhaust for the smell of fresh laundry. If the exhaust is marginal, check for blockages. Also, vacuum the lint from the dryer hose.
· The garage is easy to ignore, get out there while the weather is nice, and check garage door sensors are working while you’re in there.
prepare for winter during this in-between season
· Store window units, and if you have central air, cover the outside unit with a tarp and fasten with bungee cords.
· Drain the water so it doesn’t freeze.
cozy up and stay warm
· As pretty as they look, don’t let them grow—they could fall unexpectedly and hurt someone and can get can cause damage from their weight. When they melt, they can cause water damage to the foundation.
· This will keep your water pressure strong and keep them lasting long.
· Use caulk or silicone to repair any small cracks before the Spring thaw.