Keep Your Home in Excellent Shape
Download our printable home maintenance checklist and refer to it regularly to make sure you don’t miss any monthly, seasonal, or annual tasks. You’re welcome!
Your furnace filter becomes clogged with dust, dirt, pet dander, and other particles. Replacing your filter every month will ensure your furnace is running efficiently and will increase the indoor air quality of your home.
If you have electric wall heaters, you'll want to clean the grills to get rid of any dirt and dust buildup. Soak the filter in a bucket of warm soapy water.
Note: Make sure you turn the breaker off before you remove the grill, and ensure it is completely dry before you re-install it.
Vacuum all registers and grilles to make sure there is no dust accumulation. Keeping vents clean allows for proper air circulation and helps to ensure good indoor air quality.
Make sure that appliances that use water run at peak performance by checking your water softener and adding salt if necessary. In addition to extending your softener’s life, this easy step helps prevent hard-water mineral scaling in water heaters as well as pipes.
Fire extinguishers can save lives, which is why it is important to check they’re in working order every month. Do this by making sure the seals are intact, looking for any damage, and checking the pressure by using the test indicator.
After removing the grease filter from your range hood, soak it in warm soapy water with some baking soda. Then scrub it with a non-abrasive brush, rinse, and dry. This method will ensure your filter is working to its full potential.
It is super easy to test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Simply press and hold the test button and wait for a loud, alarm-like noise. If the sound is weak or the detector is silent, replace the batteries immediately.
Note: Do not use old batteries in smoke or carbon monoxide detectors.
Regularly vacuuming the lint ducts and surround area of your dryer can reduce the risk of fires. Remove your lint filter from the dryer and vacuum the lint trap housing. Also, disconnect the dryer duct and vacuum the duct work.
Note: Make sure you turn off the gas valve before you start cleaning.
Check For Frayed Cords
Your washing machine's inlet filters help filter out any debris or mineral deposits from the water in the machine. It is important to regularly clean them in warm soapy water every three months. Replace when necessary.
Note: Always turn off the water supply BEFORE removing the inlet filters. Follow the manufacturers' instructions when removing inlet filters.
Check the caulking around tubs, showers, and sinks to ensure there are no leaks. Leaks can result in damp patches, which can lead to mould in your kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room. If you notice any gaps, re-caulk as soon as possible.
Periodically flushing out your hot water heater to remove sediments that have built up over time in the tank improves the heater’s efficiency and lifespan.
Remove filters and give them a good vacuum to remove most of the dust, then wash in a solution made of lukewarm water and mild soap. Rinse thoroughly and let dry before replacing.
Septic Tanks: Have a professional check your septic tanks. Watch for back up throughout the year.
Air Conditioners: When the warmer months hit, it is important to clean your air conditioner. After disconnecting it, simply spray the unit with a water hose to clean off loose debris and spray the outside with coil cleaner.
Spring and fall are great times to complete an exterior home check. Inspect your roof, siding, windows, and doors, and repair where needed.
Roof: Inspect the roof’s surface, flashing, eaves, and soffits. Clean out the gutters and downspouts and check for proper drainage. Also think about installing de-icing cables—these are a great way to prevent the formation of ice dams. Repair any weak areas.
Caulking: Inspect any exterior caulking and fill cracks and caulk edges as soon as possible.
Windows and Doors: Clean window and door screens and repaint windowsills, doorsills, and thresholds, if needed.
Roof: Inspect the roof’s surface, flashing, eaves, and soffits. Clean out the gutters and downspouts and check for proper drainage. Repair any weak areas.
Caulking: Inspect any exterior caulking, and fill cracks and caulk edges as soon as possible.
Siding: Inspect and clean siding. Make any repairs if necessary.
Windows and Doors: Inspect window and door weather stripping and repair if needed.
Thermostat Sensor: Clean your thermostat's heat sensor, contact points, and contacts. Check accuracy.
Outdoor Faucets: Turn off any outdoor faucets and drain hoses.