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Monthly Home Maintenance: Small Tasks, Big Impact

Spring Home Maintenance: Refresh and Revive

Summer Home Maintenance: Get Ready for the Heat

Fall Home Maintenance: Preparing for the Cold

Winter Home Maintenance: Weather the Cold in Comfort

Common Questions about Home Maintenance

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Your Annual Home Maintenance Checklist

6 min readUpdated Mar. 20, 2024Lyle WeischwillKitchen Appliances
Home maintenance for every season

Welcome to your comprehensive guide for year-round home and appliance maintenance! Keeping up with routine maintenance is the best way to avoid unexpected repairs and keep your home running smoothly. This guide will walk you through the monthly, seasonal, and yearly tasks necessary to keep your home and appliances in tip-top shape. From your HVAC system and lawn equipment to your home's exterior siding, doors, and windows, this checklist has what you need for a stress-free approach to those home maintenance chores.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Regular home maintenance can significantly reduce the likelihood of costly repairs and ensure your home remains in excellent condition year-round.
  • Routine HVAC care and regular filter changes keeps your home comfortable and and system running efficiently.
  • Scheduling professional maintenance yearly extends the life of your laundry and kitchen appliances.

Monthly Home Maintenance: Small Tasks, Big Impact

Monthly home maintenance can help you avoid costly repairs down the road. Here are some critical tasks to include in your monthly schedule:

  1. HVAC filters: Your HVAC system works tirelessly to keep your home comfortable. Its filter can easily get clogged with dust and debris. Inspect these filters monthly and clean or replace as needed. A clean filter ensures efficient system operation and better air quality.
  2. Smoke detectors: These devices are your first line of defense in a fire emergency. Test them monthly to confirm they're working and replace batteries yearly to ensure reliability.
  3. Gutters and downspouts: These play a significant role in directing rainwater away from your home's foundation. Clean them regularly to prevent clogs and potential water damage.
    Incorporating these tasks into your monthly home maintenance routine keeps you ahead of potential issues.

Spring Home Maintenance: Refresh and Revive

As winter melts away to spring-time blooms, it's time to give your home the attention it deserves. Follow this spring home maintenance checklist to ensure your home is ready for the warmer weather.

  • Air conditioning system check: Inspect and clean your air conditioning system to ensure it runs efficiently. Check the filters and replace if necessary. Clear any debris around the outside condensing unit and ensure that the vents are unobstructed.
  • Outdoor lighting maintenance: Outdoor lighting not only enhances the aesthetics of your home but also its safety. Replace any burnt-out bulbs and clean the fixtures for better visibility in the evenings.
  • Roof inspection: Check and repair your roof to prevent leaks. Look for loose or damaged shingles and replace them as needed. Inspect the flashing around chimneys, vents, and skylights to ensure a watertight seal.
  • Gas grill prep: Give your gas grill a check-up before the grilling season begins. Clean the grates and burner tubes, and check for any gas leaks. Replace worn-out parts to ensure a safe and enjoyable grilling experience.

Embrace the tradition of spring cleaning to freshen up your home. Dust and vacuum all surfaces, clean windows, curtains, and blinds, and declutter your living spaces for a clean and inviting atmosphere.

Summer Home Maintenance: Get Ready for the Heat

As summer approaches, make sure your home is ready for the heat, storms, and outdoor activities that come with the season. Here are essential tasks for your summer home maintenance checklist:

  • Gutters: Spend extra time checking for blockages and bird nests. Debris can lead to clogs and potential water damage. Regularly inspect and clean your gutters for proper drainage.
  • Storm preparation: Summer often brings intense storms. Trim overhanging tree branches, secure loose outdoor items, and ensure your roof and windows are in good condition.
  • Chimney cleaning: Regular chimney cleaning is essential to prevent the buildup of creosote, which can lead to chimney fires.
  • Outdoor furniture: Your outdoor furniture may have collected dirt, dust, and mildew over winter. Clean, inspect, and repair your furniture to enjoy your outdoor space comfortably.
  • Sprinkler system: A well-maintained sprinkler system is essential for a lush lawn and garden during summer. Inspect sprinkler heads for damage or clogs, adjust the spray patterns if necessary, and ensure the system is programmed efficiently.

By following this summer home maintenance checklist, you can keep your home in top shape and enjoy the season without unexpected issues.

Fall Home Maintenance: Preparing for the Cold

As the leaves begin to fall and the weather cools, it's time to prep your home for winter. Here's what you should include in your fall home maintenance checklist:

  • Seal windows and doors: Inspect all windows and doors for any gaps or cracks that could let cold air in and warm air out. Use weatherstripping or caulk to seal any openings and improve energy efficiency.
  • Chimney and fireplace: Before you cozy up by the fire, have a professional chimney sweep inspect and clean it. This ensures safe and efficient operation.
  • Lawn and garden: Trim back bushes, remove debris, and rake leaves from the lawn. Consider aerating and fertilizing the soil for healthy growth in the spring.
  • Snowblower prep: If heavy snowfall is typical in your area, get your snowblower ready. Check the fuel, oil, and spark plugs, and ensure all moving parts are well-lubricated.
  • Furnace maintenance: Before winter arrives, schedule a professional furnace maintenance service with Sears. This ensures efficient operation, reduces breakdown risks, and prolongs its lifespan.

Following this fall home maintenance checklist will protect your home from harsh winter weather and save on energy costs. For any assistance or professional maintenance services, Sears Home Services is ready to help.

Winter Home Maintenance: Weather the Cold in Comfort

Winter is an excellent time to ensure your home is equipped to handle the cold weather. Protect your home from potential damage and ensure it runs efficiently with this winter home maintenance checklist.

  • Check insulation and weatherstripping: Insulation is crucial in keeping your home warm during winter. Inspect your attic, walls, and floors for any signs of inadequate insulation. Check the weatherstripping around doors and windows to prevent drafts and heat loss.
  • Heating system inspection: Your heating system plays a vital role in maintaining your home's comfort during winter. If you forgot to do so in fall, schedule a professional inspection now to ensure everything is in good working order. Clean or replace air filters regularly for optimal performance.
  • Frozen pipe prevention: Frozen pipes can cause significant damage. Insulate exposed pipes, especially in unheated areas, and consider using heat tape for added protection. Keep cabinet doors open to allow warm air to circulate around pipes.
  • Annual appliance maintenance: Regular maintenance keeps your appliances running smoothly. Schedule annual maintenance for your laundry and kitchen appliances to identify potential issues and extend their lifespan.
  • Riding mower and lawn tool prep: Winter is a great time to prep your riding mower and lawn tools for spring. Clean and sharpen blades, change the oil, and check the tires to ensure they're in good condition.

Common Questions about Home Maintenance

Here are some frequently asked questions about annual home maintenance:

How often should I replace HVAC filters?

Typically, it's recommended to replace HVAC filters every 1-3 months, depending on the type of filter and your home's air quality. Regular filter changes improve air quality and your HVAC system's efficiency.

What should I do if my smoke detector keeps beeping?

If your smoke detector keeps beeping, it likely needs a new battery. If the beeping persists after replacing the battery, it may indicate a faulty detector. In such cases, contact a professional technician for assistance.

How can I prevent clogged gutters?

Regular maintenance is key to preventing clogged gutters. Clean them at least twice a year, in spring and fall, to remove debris and prevent blockages. Consider installing gutter guards to prevent leaves and other debris from entering the gutters.

By following this comprehensive checklist, you can enjoy each season knowing your home is well-cared-for and maintained. Should your appliances need maintenance or repair(/repair), trust the experts at Sears Home Services to help.

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