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!