Monthly Maintenance Tips
January
  • Keep plenty of salt handy in your garage or basement for icy sidewalks and walkways.
  • Examine and clean kitchen appliances.
  • Vacuum the condenser coil located in the back or bottom of the refrigerator and clean the drain pan.
  • Wash kitchen exhaust hood and air filters.
  • Clean dishwasher food filters and check that openings in spray arms are clear.
  • Store a fire extinguisher within reach of your stove.
  • Check your attic for adequate insulation.
February
  • Check the snow load on your roof. If it seems excessive, call a roofing contractor to remove the snow, which could otherwise cause the roof to leak or collapse.
  • Clean faucet aerators and shower heads.
  • Remove and replace any worn or crumbling caulk or grout in and around bathtubs, sinks and toilets.
  • Vacuum bathroom vent fan covers.
  • Make sure the lightbulbs in all home fixtures are of the correct wattage.
  • Replace all extension cords, lamp cords and plugs that are brittle, worn or damaged.
March
  • Inspect walls and ceilings for cracks or bulges, and patch and paint as necessary.
  • Hire a professional to check your water heater.
  • Check basement and crawl space for moisture or leakage after wet weather.
  • Examine exterior fascia and trim for deterioration.
  • Repair cracked, broken or uneven driveways and sidewalks.
  • Inspect your stairs and railings for any loose sections.
April
  • Hire a professional air conditioning contractor to inspect and maintain your system.
  • Inspect your roof for any missing, loose or damaged shingles.
  • Check the fireplace flue to make sure it is closed for the warmer weather.
  • Remove your storm windows.
  • Repair or replace screens with holes large enough for insects to enter your home.
  • Scrape and paint any wood surfaces that have peeled or weathered.
  • Clean and inspect your lawn mower.
May
  • Remove debris from gutters and downspouts.
  • Fertilize and aerate your lawn.
  • Extend downspouts away from house onto splash blocks.
  • Inspect your deck or patio, and paint if necessary.
  • Clear window wells.
  • Replace or repair old and damaged water hoses.
June
  • Prepare flower beds and plant your garden.
  • Clean and organize your garage.
  • Repair any damage to fences.
  • To conserve energy, set your thermostat to the highest comfortable setting.
  • Re-grade soil around foundation walls as needed.
  • Examine and trim trees and shrubs away from the home.
July
  • Examine your basement, attic and other small spaces for summer pest infestation.
  • Inspect all window and door locks to assure safety.
  • Check your home for any water leaks or water damage.
  • Inspect and maintain your air conditioning unit and replace filters.
  • Keep your lawn green by watering efficiently.
  • Hold a garage sale to clear away any unwanted items.
August
  • Clean dryer vent duct.
  • Test your sump pump.
  • Replace any broken lightbulbs and make necessary repairs to outdoor lighting.
  • Inspect and maintain your air conditioning unit and replace filters.
  • Use grass clippings as fertilizer.
  • Be sure all family members know the location of water and gas shut-off valves.
  • Prepare your garden and lawn for cooler temperatures.
September
  • Trim tree limbs and vegetation away from roof and siding.
  • Schedule an appointment with a heating professional to check and clean furnace.
  • Fertilize lawn and garden.
  • Purchase the necessary equipment to winterize your pool.
  • Inspect roof openings and flashes; weatherproof as needed.
October
  • Disconnect garden hoses and shut off the valve to outside faucets.
  • Caulk or place weather-stripping around windows and doors to prevent drafts.
  • Replace or clean furnace filter.
  • Remove screens from windows and install storm windows.
  • Run all gas-powered lawn equipment until the fuel is gone.
  • Plant spring bulbs.
  • Test and change the batteries in all smoke detectors.
November
  • Make sure shovels and snow blowers are in working order.
  • Insulate pipes in your home's crawl spaces and attic.
  • Clean downspouts and gutters to remove leaves and debris.
  • Check supply of electrical fuses, breakers, candles and flashlights.
  • Remove birds' nests from chimney flues and outdoor electrical fixtures.
  • Inspect exterior lighting at walkways and entrances for safety.
December
  • Monitor ice build-up in gutters and downspouts.
  • Inspect all interior plugs and switches for safety.
  • Check and maintain fire extinguisher.
  • Examine wood burning flues for blockage and clean if necessary.
  • Grind ice cubes in garbage disposal to sharpen blades.
  • Check attic for leaks and condensation.
  • Store firewood at least 30 feet away from the house.