Revised January 22, 2024
Maintain your home, one month at a time.
New Year’s resolutions aren’t just for getting fit and eating better. This year, make a few resolutions for your home, too.
Each month, resolve to complete one small home maintenance task, so by the end of the year your home will feel brand new. Here are 12 home improvement resolutions you can actually stick to.
Replace your air conditioner filter. Of course, you may need to complete this task every month depending on the type of system you have and the type of AC filter that you use. Some filters can last 6 months. Follow the guidelines in the owner’s manual for changing the AC filter regularly.
Paint a room. Getting cabin fever? Pick a room and paint it to make a big difference in your home without spending big bucks. Because you can’t open the window to air out paint fumes, choose a no-VOC paint. These nontoxic paints without VOC’s (volatile organic chemicals) reduce or eliminate harmful toxins such as benzene, formaldehyde, and ethylene glycol, resulting in improved indoor air quality while painting without ventilation.
Schedule your annual HVAC system tune-up. HVAC checkups from Sears Home Services help keep your heating and cooling system running at its best. Routine HVAC maintenance helps prevent costly repairs and can make your HVAC system more energy efficient.
Here’s what Sears HVAC experts do during a comprehensive HVAC maintenance check:
- Check thermostat settings and review the settings with you.
- Check the air filter.
- Check electrical connections.
- Make sure the system controls and safety circuits work properly.
- Lubricate the blower motor, if applicable.
- During heating season, make sure the flue piping works properly.
- During heating season, check gas/oil connections, gas valve operation, gas pressure if needed, pilot burner if needed, heat exchanger if accessible, and burner for peak efficiency.
- Check the central air conditioner condenser coil and clean it, if appropriate.
- Make sure the condensate pump works properly.
- Check and clean the condensate drain line.
- Check the evaporator for adequate air flow.
Here’s a video showing more details about the HVAC maintenance that Sears Home Services provides:
Perform an exterior inspection. Check for any winter storm damage such as buckled siding, broken gutters, fallen shingles or torn roof flashing. A pair of binoculars helps you see high parts of your house.
When you see roof or siding damage, take immediate action and set up an appointment for a free in-home consultation to fix the problems.
Powerwash your home. Use a pressure washer to clean the driveway and deck or patio. Depending on the type of siding you have, you can also clean or powerwash the siding of your home. Refer to the manufacturer’s guidelines for cleaning the siding to prevent damage.
Clean the windows. Give all your windows a deep clean – inside and out – to instantly brighten your home. Use a microfiber cloth and window cleaner to thoroughly clean windows without leaving streaks.
Touch up your windows with caulk to help prevent drafts and cut down on energy bills.
Check window seals. If moisture accumulates between the panes of a window, you’ve got a problem with the seal. The window needs replacing. Set up an appointment for a free consultation with a Sears Home Services Window Expert to begin the window replacement process.
Organize the garage. Clear the floor by hanging tools from pegboards and storing small items in bins, on shelves and in cabinets.
Maintain your garden tools and lawn equipment. Check the mower blade(s) and replace if worn. Tune up the engines on gas-powered lawn equipment.
Inspect your outdoor lighting. Replace any burnt out light bulbs. Check wiring and repair any damage that you find. Check timers for accuracy and adjust if necessary.
Check your roof. Look for these problems from the ground, using binoculars:
- Lifting or missing shingles. Poor insulation may have led to ice damming and shingles dropping, or it could mean your roof is coming to the end of its life. Time to call a professional.
- Damaged drip edge. This metal flashing hangs under the roof eaves to protect the fascia. If it’s damaged or missing, rainwater can get in. Fixing it can be a DIY project, but it’s not a bad idea to have a professional come out to diagnose the problem and go over possible solutions.
- Flashing issues. Check all the roof valleys and near the chimney — anywhere your roof meets a vertical surface. Look for anything out of the ordinary, including missing, damaged or bent flashing. Fixing it requires being on the roof, so bring in a professional.
- Missing or exposed fasteners. If nails or fasteners are compromised, shingles or underlayment could be loose, which means your roof might be ripe for water damage.
- Piles of granules. Asphalt shingles shed gently over time. But if granules are piling up in gutters or on the ground below, it’s time to call a professional.
- Rotted wood. From the attic or top floor, look at the underside of the roof for any leaks, rotted wood, exposed areas or loose fasteners. Schedule a consultation with a Sears Home Services expert if you discover any of these issues.
Organize your kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Declutter cabinets with the day-long project that will give you peace of mind and a head start on the holidays. Discard any expired food and medicine. Clean cabinets and appliances so they’re ready for your holiday guests.
Inspect your flooring. Give your home a walk-through to see if any rooms could use new flooring before the holidays. Look for any wear and tear, including cracks, movement between boards and exposed nails.
Clean the carpets and rugs. Give your carpets and rugs a quick refresh by having them cleaned by Sears Home Services.
A clean home is a refreshing place to be. But clean isn’t just about looks. A clean home is also a healthier place to live, because it reduces you and your family’s exposure to allergens and germs.
We can brighten your dingy carpet and upholstery, clean gross grout and tiles, get the dust out of your air ducts, remove lint from your dryer’s exhaust and help you choose the right air purifier to improve your home’s air.
We can also clean and maintain all of your home appliances with our Kitchen and Laundry Clean & Maintain Bundle. Schedule this comprehensive appliance service and a Sears Home Services Technician will visit your home to clean and maintain all of your home appliances in one convenient visit.
We’ll help you manage your entire home so you can relax and enjoy life with the peace mind that everything is covered.