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HOUSE CARE CALENDAR: A SEASONAL GUIDE TO MAINTAINING YOUR HOME

From summer vacations to winter holidays, it seems each season offers the perfect excuse to put off our to-do list. But be careful, homeowners: neglecting your home’s maintenance could put your personal safety—and one of your largest financial investments—at serious risk.

In no time at all, small problems can lead to extensive and expensive repairs. And even if you avoid a catastrophe, those minor issues can still have a big impact. Properties that are not well maintained can lose 10 percent (or more) of their appraised value. 

The good news is, by dedicating a few hours each season to properly maintaining your home, you can ensure a safe living environment for you and your family ... and actually increase the value of your home by one percent annually! 

While this checklist should not be considered a complete list of your home’s maintenance needs, it can serve as a general seasonal guide to maintaining your property throughout the year. 

 

SPRING

After a long, cold winter, many of us look forward to a fresh start in the spring. Wash away the winter grime, open the windows, and prepare your home for warmer weather and backyard barbecues. 

INSIDE

  • Conduct Annual Spring Cleaning
  • Shut Down Heating System
  • Tune Up A/C
  • Check Plumbing
  • Inspect Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
 

OUTSIDE 

  • Inspect Perimeter of Home
  • Clean Home’s Exterior
  • Clean Gutters and Downspouts
  • Rake Leaves
  • Seed or Sod Lawn
  • Apply a Pre-Emergent Herbicide
  • Plant Flowers
  • Mulch Beds
  • Fertilize Lawn
  • Tune Up Lawn Mower
  • Inspect Sprinkler System
  • Check the Deck
  • Prepare Pool

SUMMER

Summer is generally the time to relax and enjoy your home, but a little time devoted to maintenance will help ensure it looks great and runs efficiently throughout the season. 

INSIDE

  • Adjust Ceiling Fans
  • Clean A/C Filters
  • Clear Dryer Vent
  • Check Weather Stripping
 

OUTSIDE 

  • Mow Lawn Regularly
  • Water Early in the Morning
  • Weed Weekly
  • Exterminate Pests

FALL

Fall ushers in another busy season of home maintenance as you prepare your home for the winter weather ahead. 

INSIDE

  • Have Heater Serviced
  • Shut Down A/C for the Winter
  • Inspect Chimney
  • Seal Windows and Doors
  • Check Smoke Alarm and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
 

OUTSIDE 

  • Plant Fall Flowers, Grass and Shrubs
  • Rake or Mow Leaves
  • Apply Fall Fertilizer
  • Inspect Gutters and Roof
  • Shut Down Sprinkler System
  • Close Pool

WINTER

While it can be tempting to ignore home maintenance issues in the winter, snow and freezing temperatures can do major damage if left untreated. Follow these steps to ensure your house survives the winter months. 

INSIDE

  • Maintain Heating System
  • Tune Up Generator
  • Prevent Frozen Pipes
 

OUTSIDE 

  • Drain and Shut Off Outdoor Faucets
  • Remove Window Screens
  • Service Snowblower
  • Stock Up on Ice Melt
  • Watch Out for Ice Dams
  • Check for Snow Buildup on Trees
 

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