Checklists for the Seasons!


These are checklists you can use and incorporate into your routine home maintenance plan. They are broken up into seasons. Always hire a Home Inspector to perform a home maintenance inspection as part of your routine home maintenance plan.


In the Spring:
• Check for damage to your roof
• Check all the fascia and trim for deterioration
• Have a professional air conditioning contractor inspect and maintain your system
as recommended by the manufacturer
• Check your water heater
• Replace all extension cords that have become brittle, worn, or damaged
• Check your fire extinguishers
• Clean the kitchen exhaust hood and air filter
• Review your fire escape plan with your family
• Repair all cracked, broken or uneven driveways and walks to help provide a level
walking surface
• Check the shutoff valve at each plumbing fixture to make sure they function
• Clean clothes dryer exhaust duct, damper, and space under the dryer
• Inspect and clean dust from the covers of your smoke and carbon monoxide
alarms


In the Summer:
• Check kids’ playing equipment
• Check your wood deck or concrete patio for deterioration
• Check the nightlights at the top and bottom of all stairs
• Check exterior siding
• Check all window and door locks
• Check your home for water leaks
• Check the water hoses on the clothes washer, refrigerator icemaker and
dishwasher for cracks and bubbles


In the Fall:
• Check your home for water leaks
• Have an HVAC professional check your heating system every year
• Protect your home from frozen pipes
• Run all gas-powered lawn equipment until empty
• Test your emergency generator
• Have a certified chimney sweeper inspect and clean the flues and check your
fireplace damper
• Remove bird nests from chimney flues and outdoor electrical fixtures
• Inspect and clean dust from the covers of your smoke and carbon monoxide
alarms
• Make sure the caulking around doors and windows is adequate to reduce
heating loss
• Make sure that the caulking around your bathroom fixtures is adequate to
prevent water from seeping into the sub-flooring
In the Winter:
• Clean the gutters and downspouts
• Confirm firewood at least 20 feet away from your home
• Remove screens from windows and install storm windows
• Familiarize responsible family members with the gas main valve and other
appliance valves
• Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct, damper, and space under the dryer
• Make sure all electrical holiday decorations have tight connections
• Clean the kitchen exhaust hood and air filter
• Check the water hoses on the clothes washer, refrigerator icemaker and
dishwasher for cracks and bubbles
• Check your water heater
• Test all AFCI and GFCI devices

 

Me and my team at LAB Home Inspections hope you really enjoyed this article!

 

If you have specific questions about your home, or would like to schedule a home inspection, please contact Darren directly:

Darren Dawson, Certified Master Inspector (CMI)®

Myrtle Beach, SC

(352) 665- 9900

1 reply
  1. Kifa
    Kifa says:

    Thanks, Darren for the useful post. It is interesting to know about the annual maintenance inspection based on seasons. I feel it is a challenging task to fix the problems during the fall. Really useful and valuable tips.

    Reply

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