Home Maintenance Checklist
Grounds and Yard
Spring
Fall
Annually
As Required
Drain outside water lines and hoses
Clean area wells, window wells, and storm drains
Check driveways and sidewalks for cracks, yard for settlement and soil erosion
Check safety and reversing mechanism on electric garage door operators, adjust as needed

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X

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X




Doors and Windows
Spring
Fall
Annually
As Required
Check doors, windows, and trim for finish failure.
Check glazed openings for loose putty.
Check for broken glass and damaged screens.
Check and lubricate window hardware.
Check weatherstripping for damage and tightness of fit.
Check caulking at doors, windows, and all other openings and joints between dissimilar materials (like wood and masonry)
X
X

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X





Exterior Walls
Check sliding and trim for damage and decay.
Check painted surfaces for paint failure.
Check masonry for cracks and loose joints.
Spring
Fall
Annually
As Required
X
X
X









Roof
Spring
Fall
Annually
As Required
Check for damaged or loose shingles, blistered roofing.
Check antenna by wires and supports.
Check fascias and soffits for paint failure and decay.
Check for damaged flashing.
Check masonry chimneys.
Clean gutters and downspouts.
Sweep debris from flat and low slope roofs.
Evaluate roof for future replacement.
Check for damaged gutters, downspouts, hangers, strainers, and rust.
Check underside of roof where accessible for water stains or dampness.
Check vents, louvers, and chimney caps and housing for bird nests, etc.
X
X



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X

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X
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Interior Surfaces
Spring
Fall
As Required
Annually
Check grouting around tubs, showers, and sinks.
X
X


Check all joints in ceramic tile, laminated plastic, and similar surfaces.
X
X


Floors
Spring
Fall
Annually
As Required
Check for wear and damage, particularly where one material meets another.


X

Evaluate for replacement or refinishing.


X

Plumbing
Spring
Fall
Annually
As Required
Check grouting around tubs, showers, and sinks.
Check water heater.





X
X

Check flush valves, faucets, hose bibs, and supply and drainage piping, including those in basement and/or crawl space.


X

Electrical System
Spring
Fall
Annually
As Required
Test ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI’s)
X
X


If you feel a slight shock or tingling from touching any appliance, disconnect it and make repairs.
If fuses blow or breakers trip frequently, call an electrician to locate the cause and make repairs.
Check exposed and overhead wiring for damage and missing insulation. Replace or repair as needed.
Check Condition of lamp cords, extension cords, and plugs. Replace at first sign of wear or damage.


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X

X

X

Heating and Cooling System
Spring
Fall
As Required
Annually
Service humidifier and/or dehumidifier.
Remove window air conditioners for winter.
Clean dirt and dust from around furnaces.
Clean or change any air filters.


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X


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X
Have heating and cooling system checked by a qualified service person.


X

Foundations and Basement
Spring
Fall
Annually
As Required
Inspect for signs of termite infestation.


X

Check basement or crawl space for dampness and/or leakage following wet weather.
Check grading to assure that water will drain away from the foundations.




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X


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To keep your home in the best possible conditions, it is essential to perform regular checkups. Just like a doctors visit, you want to know what's okay and what's not okay and take measures to fix the things that need fixing before the problem gets out of hand.

Some items may need to be checked more often or at other times depending on the number of occupants, types of materials, local conditions, household pets, and other variables. The following charts reflects the minimum time and service your house will require.

Keep a permanent record of maintenance of your home. It will enhance the marketing of you home when the time comes to sell. Just pull out the record to show the new owner what special care you've taken to keep the home in top condition.