Some home maintenance is required monthly.
Flushing your kitchen drain, vacuuming refrigerator coils, cleaning the kitchen stove exhaust filter and hood and cleaning or replacing air conditioner and furnace filters are all examples. Beyond these monthly tasks are other maintenance duties you need only perform every few months or yearly. Different seasons of the year places different demands on a home. Supporting your home in meeting those demands the best it can every year requires maintenance and, more particularly, specific maintenance for specific seasons.
The key benefits of seasonal home maintenance are, of course, it helps you maintain the most optimal useful life of your home for as long as possible and avoid far greater repair costs down the road. This, in turn, can save you money on the daily usage of your home and help keep you and your household healthy, safe and comfortable. An added benefit of performing maintenance on your home seasonally is you spread out what could otherwise become an overwhelming pile of maintenance chores demanding your attention all at once.
Almost everyone has heard of “spring cleaning”, the deep cleaning so many people give their homes in the spring. Spring is a perfect season for airing out the house, clearing off the dust, looking for leaks, stains, mildew or mold from the winter and prepare for the coming summer heat. Among the maintenance chores you should perform every spring:
The spring is also the season to schedule an inspection of your air conditioning system. If your home has a deck, spring is the time to clean and, if necessary, reseal it. If you have any outdoor recreational equipment, spring is the time to inspect them for safety and clean them.
Most people associate the summer with relaxation and play. The last thing you want to have to deal with during the summer is home repairs. Therefore, a few simple maintenance tasks at the start of every summer can make sure your summer is cool, comfortable and safe, including the following:
Fall home maintenance chores are all about preparing for winter. It is far better and easier to perform any repairs needed to prevent potential wintertime hassles when the weather is still reasonable and there is no snow on the ground than when the temperature is below zero and you cannot see the ground. Useful fall home maintenance tasks include the following:
The fall is also a good time to schedule a professional inspection of your furnace and handle any needed repairs that might be found. If your home has a deck, the fall is a good time to check for loose or dislodged screws or nails, and, if you have any outdoor furniture, a good time to cover or store it.
Ideally, you should have no repairs to perform during the winter. All the maintenance you did during the rest of the year should help ensure that winters are cozy and warm. Still, there are certain small maintenance tasks you can make during the winter to make sure you stay that way. Moreover, while the house is closed up tight for winter, there is all the more reason to stay on top of maintenance duties that could keep you and your family healthy and safe during the winter. Useful winter home maintenance tasks include:
As snow and ice accumulate outside your home, be sure to keep your driveway and paths clean and clear of it. You may sometimes need to put down some form of ice melt as well to keep them safe for walking and driving. Checking your home emergency kit is also a wise move before winter sets in too deeply. Make sure it has plenty of clean bottled water, canned foods, batteries, light bulbs, a weather or emergency radio and extra blankets and warm, dry clothes.