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Bought your very first home? Not quite sure how to take care of it? Use this handy home maintenance checklist to maintain and protect your biggest financial asset – your home.
- Spring cleanup: Rake leftover leaves, pick up debris left from the winter, and lay down mulch in gardens.
- Goodbye snow blower, hello lawn mower: Clean your snowblower parts, drain fuel, and store. With your lawn mower, check parts, clean the motor, and get fuel.
- Aim high: Check your roof and shingles for any damage. Examine gutters for debris and make sure that all parts are still attached and in good condition.
- Walkabout: Look at walkways, stairs, and decks. Do they need repairs, updating, or paint?
- All systems go: Test all household systems. This includes HVAC, pool pumps, ceiling fans, and your BBQ!
- Exterior: Clean those windows, add a lick of paint where needed, and replace any smaller items, such as your house number or outdoor lights.
- Pool time: Open your pool! Clean it, adjust chemicals, and tighten ladders and diving boards.
- Plants ahoy: Check that any rain barrels, composters, and sprinklers are working. Start removing pesky weeds. Trim tree branches.
- Stop bugging me: Wasps, ants, rodents, and other pests can invade. Look for signs of activity in your garden and around your home. Seal any holes. Call a pest control company for more urgent situations.
- Good grounds keeping: Rake those leaves, plant fall flowers, and collect outdoor debris.
- More gutter time: Yes, it’s time again to clear those gutters and to make sure they are still in good order.
- Lawnmower and snowblower – in reverse: This time, clean the parts of your lawnmower, empty its fuel, and store. Then check your snowblower has fuel and is ready for the first snowfall.
- Furnace frenzy: Before it gets too cold, check that your furnace still operates. Replace filters. Schedule a maintenance service call.
- The ice dam cometh: Ice and snow can build up on house, garage, and shed roofs. When ice and snow start to accumulate, make sure you dislodge them to prevent a mini avalanche.
- Winter supplies: Stock up on salt, dirt, and other winter supplies you need to prevent slipping and to add traction where needed.
- Catch drafts: Who wants to be cold indoors during the winter? No one! If you feel drafts, add or replace weather stripping around doors and windows to keep toasty warm.
- Pipe dreams: Burst pipes can really put a damper on things. Shut off outside water valves and insulate pipes.