Homeowner To-Do Checklist

February 6, 2023 | Love Where You Live | By: The Goodhart Group

Congratulations you’ve moved into your new house! Now what? There are certain annual things you should do to keep your house running smoothly, efficiently, and safely! Read below for our best tips on how to care for and maintain your new home, and be sure to click the links for more detailed descriptions!

Fall Checklist:

  • Schedule annual inspections: termite, HVAC, chimney/fireplace
  • Fire-proof your home
  • Test devices and replace batteries: test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors/replace batteries as needed
  • Check your roof: inspect for any damage or leaks
  • Prepare your home for hurricane season: test sump pump, make sure garage floor and driveway drains are clear, check homeowners/flood insurance policy, clean gutters
  • Replace range hood filters: prepare your home for the holidays by replacing the range hood filters, so you are prepared for any extra cooking you might be doing 
  • Tree Maintenance: note if any branches have grown over your electrical lines or the house, check for hazards such as broken, hanging limbs, dead trees, trees with hollow spots, trees leaning towards the house; consider hiring a tree specialist (~$60-90 for an inspection) who can check for the presence of disease or insects and do any needed pruning or more involved work
  • Quarterly: change HVAC and water filters
  • Monthly: change air filters 

Winter Checklist:

  • Preventative maintenance: drain irrigation system (+ if haven’t in the fall have HVAC serviced, test sump pump to make sure working in case of storms, clean gutters)
  • Snow preparation: purchase supplies such as water bottles, food that doesn’t require heating or refrigeration, paper products, flashlights, a battery-powered radio and clock, a first aid kit, at least a four day supply of all prescription medications; and if you have babies or young children, be sure you have enough diapers, wipes and formula on hand for a few days
  • Clean your fans and filters: clean the bathroom fan and check for mold; change the filters in your microwave, water filtration systems, and clean your washer water line filter; and while you are at it, clean the dryer vent hose
  • Biannually: 
  • Quarterly: change HVAC and water filters
  • Monthly: change air filters

Spring Checklist:

  • Spring cleaning: if you took screens out for winter, pull them out of storage and clean them along with your windows
  • Quarterly: change HVAC and water filters
  • Monthly: change air filters

Summer Checklist:

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We are always here to help!

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