The Greatest Yearly Checklist For Every Homeowner

As a homeowner, you have both rights and obligations. What we are saying here is that you have to take good care of it. And the best way to do that is to carry out a yearly property check.

To guide you through that process, we’ve designed for you a maintenance checklists which will make your experience a lot more efficient for sure. So why not give it a go?

January

  • Pack and put away the holiday decorations
  • Clean and polish the kitchen cabinets
  • Clean the stove, oven, and circuit breaker
  • Change the furnace filters
  • You must test the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Regularly check for ice dams and icicles in your fridge
  • Tighten any handles, racks, and knobs
  • Clean and check the range hood fan
  • Inspect the basement and clean it
  • Vacuum the refrigerator coils
  • Run water and flush toilets in unused spaces
  • Check water softener and add salt if needed
  • Clean the garbage disposal – use baking soda and citrus rinds, crush ice (every month)

February

  • You can clean and vacuum the curtains
  • Shower and sinks – repair as needed
  • Window blinds
  • Vacuum the HVAC
  • Inspect for leaks on supply lines of toilets and sinks
  • If there is wall damage in your home interior – repair it
  • Test smoke detectors – replace their batteries
  • Electrical – check all extension cords

March

  • Furnace filters must be changed
  • Take a look at your exterior drainage
  • Roof inspection for leaks and damaged shingles
  • Doors and baseboards – clean them well
  • Window screens check
  • Check batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Is your air conditioning system in good condition? If not, call an expert

April

  • Air conditioning – it’s better to book a professional service
  • If you have unused spaces – run water and flush toilets if needed
  • Gutters – remove leaves and debris
  • Lawn – clear dead plants
  • Clean garbage disposal
  • Plumbing – check for leaks
  • Are the sprinkler systems working well?
  • Make a house inspection – walk around and look for problems of any sort

May

  • If you have a deck – clean it and check bolts;
  • Inspect the outdoor lighting
  • Trim the bushes and trees near your house
  • Make the regular check of your HVAC
  • Check your plumbing system for leaks
  • Seal the tiles every 6 months
  • Fire extinguisher – place it near your kitchen. Check whether it’s empty

June

  • Furnace filters – change them again
  • Maintain your yard
  • Check the grout in your kitchen and bathrooms
  • Power-wash your siding and windows
  • Inspect the plumbing for leaks
  • Remove the old paints in your garage
  • Fences – repair as needed, and paint.
  • Fridge – test the door tightness
  • HVAC regularly check

July

  • Test the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Run water in the unused spaces
  • Vacuum refrigerator coils
  • De-clutter your garage – donate the unused items
  • HVAC – vacuum & dust
  • Check and clean the range hood fan
  • Take a look for leaks the supply lines to toilets and sinks

August

  • Inspect the carpets for damaging and clean them
  • Look for termites, ants, and other destructive insects in your home and around it
  • Repair deck if needed
  • Test carbon monoxide and smoke detectors – replace their batteries
  • Inspect basement
  • Plumbing – check for leaks
  • Water heater – remove the water heater residue
  • Electrical – call the professionals to test and reset all ground fault circuit interrupter receptacles
  • HVAC – vacuum and dust clear at the beginning;

September

  • Roof inspection – check for leaks or missing/damaged roof tiles
  • You can power-wash your siding and windows
  • Check Air Conditioning System
  • Clean the garbage disposal
  • Apply fertiliser to the lawn in your yard
  • Test the smoke detectors
  • Check and clean the range hood fan
  • Take a look at your heating system
  • Plumbing – inspect for leaks
  • HVAC inspection

October

  • Trim the branches and shrubs in your garden
  • Sprinklers check
  • Clean and inspect your gutters and roof for damages
  • Plumbing check
  • Change furnace filters
  • Chimney inspection
  • Run water in unused spaces

November

  • Carpet cleaning and inspection for stains
  • Battery replacement on your smoke detectors
  • Check fire extinguisher
  • HVAC inspection
  • Seal the grout on your tiles
  • Plumbing – check for leaks
  • Range hood fan checkup
  • Dryer exhaust vent – remove the lint;

December

  • Check your fridge and refrigerator for ice dams and icicles
  • Inspect the dishwasher, icemaker, and washing machine for leaks
  • Plumbing – take a look the sinks and toilets for leaks;
  • Roof inspection
  • HVAC inspection
  • Check and clean the range hood fan

Simply check the tasks from the list once a month and you’ll see that home maintenance could be done without any efforts. And remember, if some of these tasks prove themselves to be a handful, you better call on to the local.

Note: You can learn more about the different types of maintenance on the website of Consumer Affairs Victoria – in the “Owners Corporation Maintenance Plan“section.

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