Home Maintenance Check List

This list serves as a guide to help you enjoy your home to the fullest. Completion of these items does not guarantee against defects or failures on the property.  We encourage you to obtain professional services for any failures or maintenance needs. In the event you decide to sell your home please contact us to schedule an inspection to ensure the sale process goes as smoothly as possible. 

Ventilation: Use exhaust fans in bathrooms and the kitchen during and after moisture production Open the windows and run the furnace or fan function to circulate air. These steps improve air quality and help inhibit mold and mildew growth.

Dryer: Clean lint trap after each use to reduce fire hazard.

Wood floors: If you have natural wood product floors, these may be affected by environmental factors. Maintain a consistent, moderate temperature and humidity level for optimum appearance and care. Clean weekly with a damp cloth (terrycloth preferred) to achieve prime appearance. Check with installer or research your specific wood type for further information.

Fire Extinguisher: Check that it's fully charged; recharge or replace if needed.

Sink/tub stoppers and drain holes: Clean out debris.

Garbage disposal: Flush with hot water and baking soda.

Water softener: Check water softener salt drum and replinish salt if necessary.

Forced-air heating system: Change filters once a month if user's manual recommends fiberglass filters.

Electrical (GFI test): Test GFI circuits in kitchen, bath, garage, laundry room and outdoor where applicable

Faucets and Faucet Supply Lines and valves: Check for drips. If any exist, shut off the water at the valve under the sink, remove the faucet cartridge and replace it with a new one. Check all supply lines for leaks or moisture and tighten or replace fittings as needed.

Smoke detectors: Test detectors using the test button on the unit. Ensure backup batteries are replaced regularly and keep clear of dust.

Windows: Keep tracks clean and lubricated. Condensation may appear on windows due to temperature differences between the interior and exterior. Keep weep holes clear from obstruction or debris..

Wall furnace: Clean grills.

Range hood: Clean grease filter.

Interior faucets: Clean aerator of debris.

Tub drain assembly: Clean out debris; inspect rubber seal & replace if needed.

Floor and outdoor drain grates: Clean out debris.

Smoke detector: Test batteries and replace if needed.

Toilet: Check for leaks and water run-on.

Interior caulking: Inspect caulking around tubs, showers, and sinks; replace any if it is deteriorating.

Forced-air heating system: Change semi-annually if user's mannual recommends high efficiency pleated or HEPA-style filters.

Garbage disposal: Tighten drain connections and fasteners.

Clothes washer: Clean water inlet filters; check hoses and replace them if they are leaking.

Wiring: Check for frayed cords and wires; repair or replace them as needed.

Range hood: Wash fan blades and housing.

Roof: Inspect roof surface, flashing, eaves, and soffits; repair if needed. Ensure valleys are clear of debris. Check for damaged, loose or missing roof materials.

Gutters and downspouts: Clean them out or install no-clean version. Inspect and repair weak areas; check for proper drainage and make repairs if needed.

Siding: Inspect and clean siding and repair if needed.

Exterior caulking: Inspect caulking and replace any that is deteriorating.

Windowsills, doorsills, thresholds: Fill cracks, caulk edges, repaint; replace if needed.

Window and door screens: Clean screening and repair or replace if needed; tighten or repair any loose or damaged frames and repaint if needed. Replace broken, worn, or missing hardware, tighten and lubricate door hinges and closers.

Roof: Inspect roof surface, flashing, eaves, and soffits; repair if needed.

Gutters and downspouts: Clean out. Inspect and repair weak points; check for proper slope.

Chimney or stovepipe: Clean flue (more frequently if needed); repair any cracks in flue or any loose or crumbling mortar.

Siding: Inspect and clean siding and repair if needed.

☐ Exterior caulking: Inspect caulking and replace any that is deteriorating.

Storm windows and doors: Replace any cracked or broken glass; tighten or repair any loose or damaged frames and repaint if needed. Replace damaged hardware; tighten and lubricate door hinges and closers.

Window and door weather stripping: Inspect and repair or replace if it is deteriorating or if it does not seal.

Thermostat: Clean heat sensor, contact points, and contacts; check accuracy and replace thermostat if it is not functioning properly.

Outdoor Faucets: Disconnect hose during cold weather and winterize faucets. Locate any shut off units for the landscaping mechanism an shut off for the season.

Septic tank: Have a professional check the tank (watch for backup throughout the year). In many areas, it is recommended that the tank be pumped every year.

☐ Main cleanout drain: Have a "rooter" professional clean out the main line, particularly if there are mature trees in your yard whose roots could have cracked the pipe in their search for moisture.

☐ Water heater: Follow manufacturers recommendations. Typically water heaters should be drained of water until it is clear of sediment then test temperature pressure relief valve, clean burner and ports (gas heater).

☐ HVAC system: Have a professional tune up your heat/air conditioning system. Start the A/C twice each Winter on warm days to keep components from sticking. Test prior to heat wave.

☐ Appliances: Check all cords and plugs. Consult applicable manuals or the manufacturer fore required maintenance schedules.

☐ Crawl Space: Inspect for moisture build up or signs of moisture. Inspect plumbing mechanical systems and power cords that may be present. Ensure all vents are unobstructed to allow for proper circulation. This area should not be used for storage.

☐ Doors: Lubricate hinges and latches. Do not hang heavy items on doors or doorknobs. Make any necessary adjustments to allow for proper latching.

Pest/Insect Control: Check for evidence of pests and insects annually. Contact a pest control professional for proper treatment.

Toilets: Flappers, floats and vales may need to be replaced as often as once per year or as seldom as every 10 years.

Dryer: Pull out machine form the wall and remove the dry vent tube from the dryer end.  Ensure that the tube is clear of debris, does not contain rips or tears in the tube material, then reinstall or replace as needed.

☐  Brick or stone exteriors: Inspect and repair mortar joints as needed.

Drainage: Swales must be maintained and kept clear. Soil should slope away from the house. If backfill settles around the foundation, fill in the low points and touch up landscaping.

Driveway and slabs: Fill cracks with caulk designed for use on concrete

Fences: Redirect sprinklers away from fence and maintain clearance at a bottom of fence. Seal coats or paint can extend the life of a fence.

Attic: Ensure that insulation is dry and that it does not obstruct vents.  Visually inspect the attic with an emphasis on areas where there are openings or penetrations for mechanical, plumbing, etc. The attic should not be used for storage.

Bathroom caulk: Caulk should be cleaned regularly and removed and replaced when it begins to degrade. Runs bathroom fans during and after showers to discourage the growth of mold and mildew.

Ceramic tile grout: Clean all grout regularly and avoid allowing water to stand on surfaces. Minor deterioration or cracking can be repaired, with matching caulk. More severe deterioration may require replacement. It may be wise to seal tile and regular intervals, typically every 1-2 years.

Sump pump: Follow all manufacturer directions.  Keep end of the drain clear from debris. Periodically ensure that the pump is plugged in, the circuit is on and that everything is operational. Pouring several gallons of water in the sump hole and observing can test function.

Exterior caulking: Inspect all caulk, with an emphasis around areas such as doors, windows, vents or other penetrations. If deterioration is present remove old caulk and seal with high-grade exterior caulk.

Foundation: Check for cracks and pests. Ensure that sprinklers are not spraying the foundation and that the water does not collect or pool.

Fences: Redirect sprinklers away from fence and maintain clearance at a bottom of fence. Seal coats or paint can extend the life of a fence.

Garage door system: Follow manufacturer maintenance schedule. Regularly lubricate components and periodically change light bulb as needed.

Irrigation: Direct water away from structures and avoid overwatering. Routinely observe operation and correct any problems. Sprinklers automatically. Routinely observe operation and correct any problems. Sprinklers automatically drain excess water from the lowest head after each cycle to prevent damage during freezes. Backflow devices require annual testing.

Paint and stain: Ensure that paint and stain covers all materials evenly and is not peeling, chipped, faded or mildewed. Clean and repaint as necessary.

Trim and siding: Keep adequately caulked, painted and sealed.

☐ Water stains: Monitor overhangs and soffits for water stains. Promptly locate and repair any areas of moisture intrusion.

Furnace filter: Change filter in accordance with furnace manufacturer’s recommendations. Review the recommended replacement time of the specific filter. Often 4-12 times per year may be required