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Home Maintenance Schedule

January 18, 2011

The beginning of the year is a good time to sketch out a home maintenance calendar.  If you are like me, it is easy to miss those quarterly or annual tasks, and before you know it you’ve gotten yourself in a pickle.  I spent some time looking around online for a pre-made calendar or schedule but didn’t find anything I liked.  Most were way over the  top.  I’m sorry, but I will not be vacuuming my smoke detector every month.  Like any other life plan (diets, excercise, budgeting, reading lists) a home maintenance plan needs to be, above all, realistic.  Here are a few suggestions on how to go about figuring out what needs to be done in your house, and how often.  A good place to start is to break up your house into zones or categories, and also to break up your homes needs by season.  Don’t forget the parts of your house that you don’t actually see that often, like the furnace, or the roof, or the crawl space. 

To get you started, here are a few biggies that you don’t want to miss:

1.  The roof: Check for moss, leaking, loose shingles, clean out the gutter.

2.  Major appliances (i.e. refrigerator, hot water heater, washer, dryer): filters need to be changed, seals and hoses checked, if there is a warranty check to see what maintenance is included.

3. Safety: check batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, check fire extinguishers, review fire escape plan, make 3 day survival kit

4.  Outside: trim trees back from house and wires, if necessary have pruned back to prevent winter storm breaking.

5.  Windows and doors: check weather stripping, recaulk if necessary

6.  Furnace: have serviced in the fall, change filters.

Like anything else in life, if you stay ahead of the game it will save you time, money, and headache in the long run.

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