Taking care of your home is important and having a good annual home maintenance checklist matters. There are certain things that need to be done depending on the time of year. Here’s your go-to annual home maintenance checklist.
Maintenance Needs in the Spring
The spring is one of the best times of year to get things done, especially if you live in an area that gets cold during the winter.
Some of the things to add to your annual home maintenance checklist for the spring include:
- Change your HVAC filters
- Get the winters and screens cleaned
- Refinish your Deck
- Power-wash the outside of your home
- Replace smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector batteries
- Inspect the roof for any damage or leaks
- Get your HVAC system services
- Fertilize your lawn
- Take care of any necessary landscaping
Along with these spring tasks, an inspection of the outside of your home and property is a good idea. Look for any damage caused by the winter season and make sure to make any necessary repairs.
Maintenance Needs for the Summer
The summer season is the slowest for home maintenance unless you need to get repairs done or you’re doing some remodeling. There isn’t a long list of annual tasks to be taken care of in the summer.
Some of the things to consider handling during summer months include:
- Check your dishwasher for leaks
- Replace any faucet washers that have become worn
- Oil the garage door opener and the chain, along with any door hinges
- Prune trees and shrubs, as needed
- Inspect your deck for damage
- Inspect your foundation and crawlspace
You can do other maintenance tasks or repairs in the summer months, but regular maintenance isn’t as necessary during the warmer summer months.
Maintenance Needs for the Fall
The home maintenance checklist gets busier again come fall, especially if you need to prepare for a harsh winter. If you live in an area where the winter is warmer, you may not need to do nearly as much home maintenance in the fall as this list provides.
Some of the home maintenance tasks to handle in the fall include:
- Rake leaves and aerate your lawn
- Inspect your heating system
- Check the fireplace for damage and clean the fireplace flues
- Swap out any old, drafty windows
- Touch up the outer trim and siding
- Remove any debris from gutters
- Seal any cracks or gaps in the caulking or weather-stripping of windows and doors
- Seal any cracks in the driveway and walkways.
- Winterize any exterior plumbing (in some areas)
- Tune-up and test major appliances before the holiday season
- Get your home professionally cleaned if you plan to host any holiday events
- Prepare any equipment used during the summer months for storage
These items, along with anything you didn’t get done during the summer or spring should be considered during the fall.
Maintenance Needed for the Winter
Depending on where you live, winter weather can be the harshest on your home of any season. You won’t do much home maintenance during the winter as preparations should be made during the fall. However, there are a few things you can do, especially if your home goes through freezing temperatures, ice, or snow.
Some of the home maintenance tasks to consider in the winter include:
- Cover your air-conditioning unit
- Check for leaks in the basement during thaws
- Inspect the roof and gutters after any storms
The winter may not be so bad in your area, depending on where you live. If you live in a warmer climate, you may deal with larger amounts of rain or extreme heat in the summer, which can provide a few different tasks to handle for home maintenance.
Regardless of where you live, this list will give you a very good start to your home maintenance checklist for the year. In addition, you should consider checking HVAC filters every month and testing smoke detectors regularly.