The Simplest Home Maintenance Checklist Ever

Taking care of a home feels like a big job. But we have broken down the list into small segments so that you can know what to do each season.

Once a year

  • Flush hot water heater
  • Review renters or homeowner’s insurance and photograph any new items before it’s time to renew your policy
  • Build or refill your disaster preparedness kit

Spring

  • Aerate your lawn
  • Book an AC inspection
  • Clean exterior dryer vent
  • Wash windows and clean out gutters
  • Vacuum and clean window tracts
  • Clean window air conditioners
  • Check/change batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Reverse ceiling fan direction
  • Vacuum fridge coils and wipe down inside of the fridge
  • Clean behind the fridge and oven
  • Wash range hood ventilation filters
  • Check furnace filters
  • Rotate mattress
  • Clean washer and dryer and dishwasher
  • Wash curtains, drapes, and shower curtain; replace shower curtain liners
  • Clean baseboards and trim
  • Inspect and reseal grout/caulk as needed in tiled areas
  • Do a home safety check where you test smoke detector batteries, check all locks, and look for things like loose knobs, shelves, tripping hazards, and more.

Summer

  • Clean dryer vent
  • Check carbon monoxide monitor
  • Flip mattress
  • Clean behind washer and dryer
  • Clean behind and under furniture
  • Vacuum fridge coils and wipe down inside of the fridge
  • Wash range hood ventilation filters
  • Clean baseboards and trim
  • Inspect and reseal grout/caulk as needed in tiled areas
  • Book a chimney sweep for the end of the summer

Fall

  • Book a heat inspection
  • Reverse ceiling fan direction
  • Clean exterior dryer vent
  • Vacuum fridge coils and wipe down inside of fridge
  • Wash windows
  • Clean baseboards and trim
  • Inspect and reseal grout/caulk as needed in tiled areas
  • Clean out your gutters
  • Clean behind the fridge and oven
  • Wash range hood ventilation filters
  • Check furnace filters
  • Vacuum and clean window tracts
  • Check smoke alarm and carbon monoxide batteries
  • Rotate mattress
  • Wash curtains, drapes, and shower curtains

Winter

  • Recalibrate your oven temperature using the instructions in your manual
  • Vacuum fridge coils and wipe down inside of the fridge
  • Flip mattress and vacuum mattress and/or box spring
  • Clean behind the washer and dryer
  • Clean dishwasher
  • Vacuum behind and under furniture
  • Vacuum and clean floor vents
  • Clean baseboards and trim
  • Inspect and reseal grout/caulk as needed in tiled areas
  • Check carbon monoxide monitor
  • Check furnace filters
  • Check and repair your window screens before beautiful spring temperatures
  • Clean/winterize your grill

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