Home maintenance checklist
Regular home maintenance is essential to ensure a safe and efficient home. It’s a good idea to set aside some money in your budget each month for home maintenance and repair. As a rule of thumb, homeowners spend between 1% and 4% of their home’s value on maintenance and repair each year.
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Doing a yearly home maintenance check
Following this maintenance checklist on a regular basis can help your home look its best, keep utility bills down and prevent more costly repairs in the future.
- Foundation – Check for moisture and cracks that are expanding.
- Roof – Inspect for loose tiles or shingles and signs of leaks around vents, skylights, and chimneys.
- Paint – Touch up any interior or exterior paint that is cracking or peeling.
- Gutters – Clean out gutters and downspouts to remove leaves and other blockages.
- Chimney – Clean out the chimney to remove buildup of flammable substances.
- Water Heater – Drain the water heater until it is clear of sediment and refill with clean water. (This will extend the life of your water heater.)
- Heating and Cooling System – Change all filters. (Depending on the type of filters you use, this may need to be done as often as once a month.)