McShan Home Inspection

Home Maintenance Schedule and Checklist


Have your HVAC system service before January 1,

2020. The R-22 refrigerant will no longer be sold.


Like a car, your home needs regular maintenance

and occasional tune-ups to stay in tip-top shape.

Fortunately, you can complete most of the following

tasks yourself by following this season-by-season

schedule of indoor and outdoor maintenance.

Spring Home Maintenance

In spring, focus on freshening up your home and

protecting your property against the season's

strong winds and rains.

Outdoor Tasks:

  • Clean gutters and downspouts. 
  • Inspect roof and chimney for cracks and damage.
  • Touch up peeling or damaged paint.
  • Wash all windows, inside and out.
  • Install screens on windows and doors.
  • Clean outdoor furniture and air out cushions.
  • Service your lawn mower.
  • Fertilize your lawn.


Indoor Tasks:

  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when you set clocks forward.
  • Wash and change seasonal bedding.
  • Dust blinds and vacuum curtains throughout your house.
  • Clean kitchen and bathroom cabinets and throw away outdated food, medicine and cosmetics.


Summer Home Maintenance


In summer, complete the following projects to keep your yard lush and your home cool.

Outdoor Tasks:

  • Walk around your home's exterior and slide open crawl space vents at the foundation.
  • Prune trees and shrubs.
  • Remove lint from dryer exhaust vent with a long, flexible brush.
  • Uncover central air conditioner and install window air conditioners.


Indoor Tasks:

  • Change or clean heating, ventilating and air conditioning filters.
  • Clean kitchen appliances inside and out, including refrigerator coils.
  • Maintain clean drains by adding a half-cup of baking soda followed by a half-cup of white
    vinegar. After 10 minutes, flush with boiling water.
  • Drain or flush water heater.


Fall Home Maintenance

In fall, prepare your home and yard for cooler temperatures, falling leaves and more hours spent
indoors.


Outdoor Tasks:

  • Clean gutters and downspouts.
  • Inspect roof and chimney for cracks and damage.
  • Rake leaves and shred to use as mulch or dispose of them based on local guidelines.


Indoor Tasks:

  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors when you set clocks back in the fall.
  • Check windows and doors for weather-tightness and install weather stripping
  • where it's needed.
  • Have furnace professionally inspected.
  • If needed, set traps for rodents.
  • Dust blinds and vacuum curtains throughout your house.
  • Clean kitchen and bathroom cabinets and throw away outdated food,
    medicine and cosmetics


Winter Home Maintenance

In winter, enjoy energy-efficient warmth and the fruits of your home-maintenance
labors. Use this time of the year to thoroughly clean and care for your home's
interior while taking a few precautionary measures on the outside.

Outdoor Tasks:

  • Walk around your home's exterior and check the crawl space vents located
    at the foundation.Close any that are open.
  • Clean and store garden tools.


Indoor Tasks:


  • Change or clean furnace filters. Consult manufacturer instructions for your
    furnace to determine how frequently the filters should be replaced. 
  • Clean kitchen appliances inside and out, including refrigerator coils.
  • Maintain clean drains by adding one-half-cup baking soda followed by
    one-half-cup white vinegar. After 10 minutes, flush with boiling water.



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