Staying on Top of Home Maintenance Tasks

Keeping up-to-date on your home’s maintenance is important to save you money and headaches later on. Here’s a good list of regular maintenance tasks to help you get started:

  • Inspect HVAC filters and change them if necessary. Depending on the size of your family and whether or not you have pets, you may need to change filters every month or as infrequently as every three months.
  • Inspect your fire extinguishers once a month. Make sure it’s in an easy to reach place, there is enough pressure in the extinguisher and that it still looks like it’s in good condition.
  • Clean your garbage disposal at least monthly. Make “ice” cubes out of a 75/25 mix of white vinegar and water (make sure to label them clearly while they are freezing!). Turn on the disposal and throw in some of the cubes. Follow up with lemon slices to clean and deodorize the disposal.
  • Clean the range hood filters at least every other month, depending on how often you cook. Use degreaser from an auto parts store mixed with hot water. Let it soak for a few minutes and then rinse.
  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors monthly. Replace the batteries immediately if necessary.
  • Deep clean the house in the spring and the fall.
  • Vacuum your refrigerator coils to keep it running smoothly. At least once a year should help!
  • Inspect your exterior in spring to check for any damage it’s suffered during the winter. Check gutters, roofing, trees, siding, drainage, window screens, pavements and any other potential areas that might cause you trouble down the road.
  • Service your air conditioner in late spring to make sure it’s ready for the summer heat!
  • Check on water pressure in faucets and toilets, and look for any potential leaks to prevent larger (and more costly) problems from appearing later.
  • Clean out your dryer vents and other exhaust vents at least once a year to prevent fire hazards.
  • Get your home ready for winter with this fall maintenance list!

Homeowners, what else would you add to this list? Let us know in the comments!

Decorating Your Home for Summer

Make your home into a summersummer oasis with these decorating tips:

  1. Swap out heavier drapes for sheers that flow in the breeze.
  2. Add pops of color with pillows, lampshades, artwork, dishes and flowers to make a space more cheerful for summer.
  3. Empty out your fireplace – You won’t be needing it for a while! Get rid of any remaining wood and ash, and fill the space up with candles, books or other collection of items you love.
  4. Create vignettes with beachy-décor such as seashells, flowers, sand and anything else that reminds you of summer.
  5. Paint furniture. Go with either a bright pop of color or white/ similar light color to make a room feel airier.
  6. Build or buy a fire pit for your backyard to make s’mores and to snuggle up to during long summer nights!
  7. If you have a canopy bed, add gauzy white panels to make the room feel like a summer getaway.
  8. Create the perfect napping nook outside with a hammock, day bed or a lounge chair with lots of pillows.
  9. Make your outdoor sitting feel casual and inviting by using benches instead of chairs. Bonus feature – you can fit more people around the table this way!
  10. Lighten up your rooms by clearing out clutter and stowing away heavy fabrics and throws. Swap out darker decorations or furniture for lighter pieces.
  11. Bring the outdoors inside! Fill your home up with a variety of plants – big flowing plants, succulents, flowers – whatever brings you joy!
  12. Add lights outside to get the most out of the summer nights. For some great ambience, use strings of paper lanterns, bulbs, or even white Christmas lights in a pinch.
  13. Swap out textures. Use natural, breathable fabrics like linen to make rooms more comfortable and summer-like.

What else would you add to the list? Let us know in the comments!