Maintenance Checklist for Your Home

The list presented may not be an exhaustive one of all the activities you need to carry out in your home. Essentially, individuals own different homes, and the to-do list for a newly built apartment may largely differ from that of a listed home. However, a common similarity is that our homes are dear to us and are arguably our biggest investments. As such, here are essential things to do to care for them.

Activities are grouped into the season in which it would make most sense to take care of them. Be sure to take care of every necessary task to avoid unplanned costs, including hiring professionals later on.

Spring

  • Inspect the roof for any damage signs and moss growth after winter.
  • If your house has air bricks, ensure that they are thoroughly cleaned and cleared. This facilitates maximum air circulation under the floors of a building with a suspended timber floor. Whenever they get blocked, you may have to deal with damp.
  • Clean the windows thoroughly, in and out. As soon as the sun starts to appear, the state of your windows also becomes visible. Don’t forget to check for damage and rot on the window frames. Patch repairs will cost you less compared to taking care of the rot later on.
  • Spring presents the best time for a general clear out as you take out winter items and restore the stored seasonal items. You can hire a rubbish removal service for a massive clear out or where bulky items are involved, or place some items in self storage.
  • Turn down the thermostat as soon as temperatures begin to rise.
  • Source trustworthy tradespeople to assist you with your maintenance and repairs now.

Summer

As it gets warmer, it’s time to go outdoors and focus on your home maintenance.

  • Clean the garden furniture.
  • Clean patios and pressure-wash decking at the onset of summer to ensure that they don’t get slippery.
  • Repair and repaint external woodwork if need be, including fascia boards, fences, doors, and window frames.
  • Consider repainting during the warmer, drier months of summer.
  • Prune overgrown hedges and trees close to your home to minimise their water consumption.
  • Trim climbing plants as well, to prevent them from growing across the windows and guttering.
  • Have your boiler serviced.

Autumn

Ready your home maintenance checklist and winter-proof your home.

  • Sweep your chimney clean.
  • For homeowners with a flat roof, check for any sitting water and damage.
  • Bleed your radiators for efficient heating of your home.
  • Clean and store your garden furniture.
  • After the leaves have dropped, clear drainage holes and gutters and also ensure that pipes are securely fitted to the walls.
  • Remove debris and leaves that have gathered around external walls to avoid the risk of damp.

Winter

Adhere to our maintenance checklist to ensure your property is safe, even with the winter weather.

  • Inspect trees and fences for storm damage frequently. Do any repairs immediately to avoid a fall that could result in more problems.
  • Check your roof – from the bottom of the garden or across the street – for missing tiles after strong winds.
  • Keep the garden clear of leaves and debris and prune trees to remove dead or loose branches that pose a danger in windy weather.
  • Keep damp at bay by leaving the windows open for some time and using extractor fans.
  • Wipe off any condensation on wooden window frames to avoid rot.
  • Inspect your pipes for leaks, especially after cold weather.

Shirley L. Bryant

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