Having a consistent maintenance plan is one of the most important things that you can do for your home. Performing regular maintenance each season will save you time and money, as well as maintain your investment. If you’re used to renting, it can be especially difficult to keep track of everything that needs to be cared for in the home. 

You can use the comprehensive checklist below to help guide your home maintenance throughout the year. It’s a good idea to keep the checklist somewhere easily found, so that you can look it over each new season. 

Spring

Living in Maryland, we’ve all seen more than our fair share of wintry snow. Winter is hard on houses, so a thorough spring maintenance check is essential to reset your home for the warmer months to come. When spring hits, you’ll need to: 

  • Check your roof and the exterior of your home for damage. If damage is spotted, repair yourself or contact a professional to repair. 
  • Clean out your gutters and downspouts to prevent damage from all of those April showers. It’s a good idea to keep tabs on your gutters throughout the entire year.
  • Take the time to clean door and window screens.
  • Clean your porch, deck, and outdoor areas of winter debris. 
  • Prepare your air conditioner for the summer months by changing the filter and ensuring that it is in working condition. Spring is an excellent time to have your air conditioning unit serviced. 
  • Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. This is a good idea to do more than once throughout the year. Change batteries as needed. You should also make sure that your dryer vent is regularly cleaned. A dusty dryer vent can lead to a fire. 
  • Use a device to clean out the drains, like your bathtub drain, in your home. 

Summer

The warmer weather of summer is a great time to accomplish outdoor tasks. Each summer:

  • Perform more extensive outdoor cleaning tasks, like power washing your siding and your deck. It’s also a good idea to check your deck and fencing for any needed repairs.
  • Check the weather seals around your doors and windows. You should also examine the caulking used in your home and replace as needed.
  • Flush any sediment out of your water heater. Test your sump pump. 
  • Trim trees as needed.

Fall

Ready your home for cooler months with these tips:

  • Regularly rake leaves. Aerate and care for your lawn.
  • Give your household appliances an annual check for any problems. Vacuum refrigerator coils. Clean out any exhaust fans in your home, like fans being used in the kitchen. 
  • Winterize plumbing. 
  • Have your heating system serviced every autumn just before the start of winter. 
  • The cooler, but still manageable weather of fall is a great time to touch-up exterior paint or even repaint the front door.

Winter

Winter places a lot of stress on your home. Throughout the season:

  • Keep a close eye on your gutters and roof for any problems from snow. Check for and prevent potential ice dams.
  • Check your attic’s insulation.
  • Have snow equipment, like shovels and de-icers, ready to go.
  • Check cords and wires in your home for damage, especially with holiday lighting being hung in and outside of the house. It’s also a good idea to regularly make sure that you don’t have any overloaded power surges or extension cords. 

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