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Let’s Talk Home Maintenance

As much as we wish buying a home was a “set it and forget it” kind of investment, it just isn’t. When you bought your home, you should’ve received a report from your home inspector. That serves as your custom users manual for your home, and can be an incredible resource. We here at Live.Laugh.Denver. also compiled a general list for your reference and created a free calendar you can subscribe to, found HERE. That said, ultimately your home is your investment, and taking control of your maintenance schedule is the best way to care for said investment. As you know, if I can help with anything, please reach out!

Winter

  • Check for ice dams, icicles throughout winter
  • Protect entryways – tighten handles, knobs, door sweeps, etc.
  • Check all locks/deadbolts on your doors and windows
  • Check caulking around showers and tubs – repair as needed
  • Test sump pump – How to
  • Vacuum refrigerator and freezer coils
  • Change batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Lubricate all moving parts in furnace mid-season
  • Flush water heater – How to

Spring

  • Check exterior drainage/grading to make sure soil slopes away from the foundation
  • Inspect roof, repair any damaged shingles
  • Monitor basement for leaks when snow melts
  • Clear gutters of any leaves/debris
  • Have sprinkler system turned on/serviced. Open outside connection shutoff valve
  • Get your AC unit ready for summer, possibly serviced if need be
  • Make sure tree branches don’t interfere with electrical lines
  • Repair/replace damaged window screens
  • Inspect the exterior (cracks, chipped paint, holes, etc.)
  • Clear dead plants/shrubs from around the house

Summer

  • Keep AC unit clear of debris
  • Check grout in kitchen, bathrooms, etc. and repair if needed
  • Check and clean dryer vents and exhaust fan filter
  • Inspect plumbing for leaks
  • Including dishwasher and all gaskets
  • Clean aerators on faucets
  • Clear out window wells of debris
  • Deep clean deck or patio, repair if needed
  • Clean the grill and refill propane tank
  • Lubricate garage door hinges and chains
  • Trim trees and bushes as needed

Fall

  • Rake lawn and keep gutters clean
  • Aerate lawn
  • Have furnace inspected and serviced
  • Check fireplace and chimney for hazards, clean flues
  • Check windows and doors for gaps, seal with calk or weather stripping
  • Repair any cracks in sidewalk or driveway
  • Have exterior plumbing or sprinkler system drained and winterized, drain and store hoses
  • Inspect roof, look in attic for any signs of leaking
  • Flush hot water heater and remove sediment – How to

Monthly

  • Test smoke & carbon monoxide detectors
  • Inspect fire extinguishers
  • Clean range hood and filters
  • Replace HVAC filters (every 1-3 months as needed)
  • Test ground fault circuit interrupter outlets and breakers
  • Deep cleaning
  • Vacuum registers and vents to remove dust
  • Clean any hair or debris from shower and tub drains
  • Dust and clean crown moldings, fans, and light fixtures.
  • Dust and clean blinds/curtains – an easy household item to use is a large lint roller for curtains and upholstery

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