It is a great responsibility to own and care home. If you are equipped with right house repair tools and aware of basic maintenance tips, it allows for easy living.   The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development have prepared a broad home maintenance checklist that would help you in a long way.

Cleaning tasks that should be performed every autumn:

Before beginning with the seasonal home maintenance checklist, you have to check both the exterior and interior of the home. It is hard to accomplish home maintenance without the help of home repair contractors.

Exterior:

  •         Check for signs of animals or pests
  •         Search for sharp edge, fall or trip hazards
  •         Clean window wells. Ensure they drain properly. If required, approach professionals experienced in home window repair services
  •         Inspect spa or pool fence
  •         Drain outdoor faucets and hoses
  •         Clean the entire downspouts and gutters
  •         Fix broken or cracked glass
  •         Clear or check dryer vents and exhaust dust
  •         Inspect attic vents

Attic or basement:

  •         Ensure the sump functions well. Check for valve work
  •         Look for wet surfaces, puddles and other marks of water damage
  •         Check insulation and enhance if required
  •         Check for signs of animals or pests

Garage:

  •         Search for fall, trip or harsh edge hazards
  •         Check for leakage in the fuel can
  •         Ensure the garage door functions smoothly. It should safely open and shut.

Electrical and HVAC:

  •         Find out whether there are any damaged electrical cords
  •         Test carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms
  •         Replace furnace filters

Interior and plumbing:

  •         Test kitchen and bathroom fans
  •         Inspect well pump, water main and water meter for sweating and leaks
  •         Inspect hot water heater and boiler for leaks
  •         Inspect drainage and supply line for outflow

Appliances:

  •         Adjust and clean the hot water heaters and furnaces
  •         Adjust and clean ovens, stoves,and ranges
  •         Clean the air screens in the outdoors

Cleaning tasks that should be performed every spring:

Exterior:

  •         Look out for traces for animals or pests
  •         Find whether there are anysharp edge, fall or trip hazards
  •         The window wells should be cleaned properly. Also, check the status of drains.
  •         Inspect spa and pool fence
  •         Drain outdoor faucets and hoses
  •         Clean the entire downspouts and gutters
  •         Fix cracked or broken glasses
  •         Inspect attic ventilation
  •         Clear or check dryer vents and exhaust duct

Attic and basement:

  •         Check insulation and boost if necessary
  •         Check for wet surfaces, puddles and also other marks of water damage
  •         Ensure that the check valve and sump pump remains in working condition
  •         Check whether there are any animals and pests

Garage:

  •         Look for fall, trip,and sharp edge dangers
  •         Check whether there is any leakage in the fuel can
  •         Ensure to check whether the garage door opens and shuts smoothly

Interior and plumbing:

  •         Check kitchen and bathroom fans
  •         Check the well pump, water main and water meter for signs of sweating or leakage
  •         Check the supply and drain line for leaks
  •         Clean dryer screens and vents
  •         Clean outlets and fans screens of exhaust
  •         Check whether there are any signs of peeling paint

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