A minimal amount of maintenance is required to keep your home in excellent condition. A few chores done each season will help ensure many years of enjoyment in your new home.

Every month:

  • Change air conditioning filters and attic fresh air filter
  • Test the GFCI reset on electrical outlets in baths and kitchen
  • Clean the grease trap below your downdraft grill
  • Pour lemon juice into garbage disposal to control odors

Every quarter:

  • Test smoke detectors and replace any weak batteries

Twice a year:

  • Apply pest control around home's perimeter
  • Inspect washing machine's rubber hoses and replace as needed
  • Use paint-up kit on wall or woodwork as needed

Once a year:

  • Remove debris from faucet and shower aerators
  • Check attic air conditioning drain pan for clogs
  • Clean and lubricate window tracks
  • Drain water heater to remove mineral deposits

Landscape/Drainage

Landscaping and proper drainage play an important role in preserving the integrity of your home’s foundation.

  • Adjust sprinkler system settings
  • Apply winterizer fertilizer to lawn
  • Detach hoses from outside spigots
  • Reduce risk of termites by storing firewood away from home and garage

Structure

Attend to routine maintenance to prevent major problems in the future.

  • Use small nails, hooks or adhesive fasteners to hang decorative lighting or wreaths. Keep lights a minimum of 1/2 inch from adjacent surface

Mechanical

Properly maintaining your home's mechanical systems will help extend their lifespans and minimize monthly utility expenses.

  • Prior to lighting the fireplace, preheat artificial gas heating logs on low for 10 minutes
  • When leaving town, turn off water to prevent freeze damage
  • Check for soot and creosote in fireplace flue and clean as necessary

Landscape/Drainage

Landscaping and proper drainage play an important role in preserving the integrity of your home’s foundation.

  • Adjust sprinkler system settings
  • Fertilize yard
  • Make sure new landscaping or pool installation doesn't change drainage flow
  • Apply pest control around perimeter of home

Structure

Attend to routine maintenance to prevent major problems in the future.

  • Inspect roof, roof vents and soffit vents
  • Remove dirt, grass and leaves from outside air conditioning compressor
  • Inspect attic air conditioner pan and remove any obstructions
  • Remove dirt and debris from brick & stone weep holes along foundation
  • Drain water heater to remove mineral deposits

Landscape/Drainage

Landscaping and proper drainage play an important role in preserving the integrity of your home’s foundation.

  • Adjust sprinkler system settings
  • Reduce risk of insect infiltration by removing mulch or dirt build-up along brick weep-holes and siding

Structure

Attend to routine maintenance to prevent major problems in the future.

  • Water yard and perimeter of foundation to ensure even moisture levels

Mechanical

Properly maintaining your home's mechanical systems will help extend their lifespans and minimize monthly utility expenses.

  • Use vacation setting on water heater when you're out of town

Landscape/Drainage

Landscaping and proper drainage play an important role in preserving the integrity of your home’s foundation.

  • Adjust sprinkler system settings
  • Remove leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts
  • Inspect exterior paint and caulking around windows and doors

Structure

Attend to routine maintenance to prevent major problems in the future.

  • Inspect shower and tub tile for hairline cracks in grout. Re-caulk as needed

Mechanical

Properly maintaining your home's mechanical systems will help extend their lifespans and minimize monthly utility expenses.

  • Inspect furnace prior to first use of the season