Home Maintenance Calendar

We consistently see homes in our community that have lost value and exhibit numerous safety hazards because they were not properly maintained. Don’t let that be you! Check off the items on this list before the season ends. It will save you and your investment in the long run. 

SPRING (April - June)

  • Clean gutters; make sure they are flowing properly.
  • Inspect roof for damaged shingles.
  • Check flashing, and re-seal as needed.
  • Re-nail any loose siding or trim boards.
  • Check house and garage for any rotting wood, and repair as needed.
  • Check porch flooring, and repair as needed.
  • Check and replace any bad caulking around windows, doors, siding joints, or anywhere else needed.
  • Scrape loose window glazing, and replace as needed.
  • Clean windows and their frames when installing screens. Wash and repair screens at this time.
  • Check caulk or seal between house and drive, and repair as needed.
  • Oil garage door tracks.
  • Trim trees, bushes, and shrubs.(Wait until spring-flowering shrubs have finished blooming.)
  • Clean flower beds out around the house.
  • Drain off sediment from hot water tank and steam heating system.
  • Add copper sulfate to basement floor drain and downspout drains to control tree roots in main sewer.
SUMMER (July - August):

  • Scrape, prime, and paint any areas on house or garage that are in need, especially any bare wood. (Note: Observe precautions for reducing exposure to lead-based paint.)
  • If the house or garage doesn't need paint, wash exterior off at least once.
  • Look for visible signs of carpenter ants, termites, or any other destructive insects.
  • Check all flat roofs, and re-coat or seal as needed, especially flashing.
  • Check for mortar that needs repair (including chimney mortar and inside fireplace) and tuckpoint or repair as needed.
  • Check concrete drive, sidewalks, patios, and landings for condition and level; patch cracks, level, and/or replace, as needed.
  • Clean carpets and wax tile and hardwood floors.
  • Add copper sulfate to basement floor drain and downspout drains to control tree roots in main sewer
FALL (September - October):

  • Patch and seal driveway (asphalt or concrete), and concrete steps/ landings.
  • Check tuckpointing on all brick areas, then seal masonry with a silicone sealant.
  • Check weatherstripping on all doors and windows, and repair as needed.
  • Check all areas that need to be caulked, and repair as needed.
  • Make sure all garage floor or driveway drains are flowing properly.
  • Clear gutters of leaves, check for leaks, and repair as needed.
  • Inspect roof for loose or missing shingles, and check flashing seals; repair as needed.
  • Clean and re-seal decks, fences, or other structures made of pressure-treated wood.
  • Oil garage door tracks.
  • Prune bushes, trees, and shrubs(except spring-flowering shrubs).
  • Have furnace checked or tuned up, and change filter; have boiler checked every few years (every year if boiler is more than 20 years old).
  • Have chimney cleaned (yearly, if wood burning; every 5 years if just for gas appliances).
  • Check damper in fireplace for obstructions, such as birds' nests.
  • Drain off sediment from hot water tank and steam heating system.
  • Add copper sulfate to basement floor drain and downspout drains to control tree roots in main sewer.
WINTER (November - March):

  • At beginning of winter, shut off interior valves supplying outdoor water pipes to prevent them from freezing.
  • Change furnace filters monthly.
  • Repair any interior wall damage; touch up or repaint as needed.
  • Check and re-grout tile in all bath and kitchen areas, as needed, and apply a silicone sealer.
  • Add copper sulfate to basement floor drain and downspout drains to control tree roots in main sewer.
  • Develop plan for next summer's home improvements.
  • At winter’s end, re-open interior valves supplying outdoor water pipes.

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