December Home Maintenance Checklist

Most of the items on this list can be done by you, even if you don’t have much experience. If you need to know how to do a particular repair, I suggest that you look on YouTube for an instructional video. If you would like hands-on help, please contact me, and I can put you in touch with professionals who can help. Remember, maintaining your home is easier and cheaper than fixing issues that arise due to neglect.

Here is a printable version of this checklist in PDF format. Print and hang it on your fridge.

Not every item on this list will apply to your house, or there may be other items you feel you should add.

  • Check to be sure your fire extinguisher is fully charged. If it will not hold a charge, replace it. Be sure that it is in a place with easy access.
  • Clean out any debris from bathroom, kitchen, and laundry sinks. Do the same for all showers and tubs.
  • Clean your garbage disposal. This can be done by adding ½ cup of baking soda followed by ½ cup of vinegar. Let sit for 10 minutes and then flush with boiling water. Alternatively, you can freeze vinegar in an ice cube tray, then run the vinegar ice through the disposal. This freshens the sink and sharpens the blades. If you choose to use the first method, you can run regular ice cubes through your disposal to sharpen the blades.
  • Change the filters once a month on your forced-air heating system. Some filters suggest you only change bi-monthly. It will still be a good idea to check your filters monthly. If you find that they are dirty, change them. If not, you can wait the 2 month period of time. Those with pets or who live in areas with high pollen or pollution may need to change filters more regularly.
  • Test your garage door’s auto-reverse feature. Place a 2×4 on the ground under the door. When the door hits the wood, it should reverse and go up. If it does not, contact a technician to fix the problem.
  • Check your water softener salt drum and replace salt as necessary.
  • If you have unused bathrooms or sinks, they will need to be run to prevent grime or build up. Flush all unused toilets and run water into sinks and tubs/showers
  • Vacuum your refrigerator coils. Doing so will make your refrigerator more energy efficient.
  • Check that all outlets work; if they don’t, repair them or have them repaired. Also, test your GFCI outlets.

November Home Maintenance Checklist

Most of the items on this list can be done by you, even if you don’t have much experience. If you need to know how to do a particular repair, I suggest that you look on YouTube for an instructional video. If you would like hands-on help, please contact me, and I can put you in touch with professionals who can help. Remember, maintaining your home is easier and cheaper than fixing issues that arise due to neglect.

Here is a printable version of this checklist in PDF format. Print and hang it on your fridge.

Not every item on this list will apply to your house, or there may be other items you feel you should add.

  • Check to be sure your fire extinguisher is fully charged. If it will not hold a charge, replace it. Be sure that it is in a place with easy access.
  • Clean out any debris from bathroom, kitchen, and laundry sinks. Do the same for all showers and tubs.
  • Clean your garbage disposal. This can be done by adding ½ cup of baking soda followed by ½ cup of vinegar. Let sit for 10 minutes and then flush with boiling water. Alternatively, you can freeze vinegar in an ice cube tray, then run the vinegar ice through the disposal. This freshens the sink and sharpens the blades. If you choose to use the first method, you can run regular ice cubes through your disposal to sharpen the blades.
  • Change the filters once a month on your forced-air heating system. Some filters suggest you only change bi-monthly. It will still be a good idea to check your filters monthly. If you find that they are dirty, change them. If not, you can wait the 2 month period of time. Those with pets or who live in areas with high pollen or pollution may need to change filters more regularly.
  • Test your garage door’s auto-reverse feature. Place a 2×4 on the ground under the door. When the door hits the wood, it should reverse and go up. If it does not, contact a technician to fix the problem.
  • Check your water softener salt drum and replace salt as necessary.
  • Clean the grease filter on your range hood. Use an auto degreaser mixed with hot water. Spray it on the filter and let sit for 5 minutes. Rinse it off and then replace.
  • Wash the fan blades on your range hood.
  • Test your water heater’s pressure relief valve.
  • Flush hot water heater and remove sediment.
  • Test sump pump.
  • Clean out cabinets in the kitchen and bathroom. Throw away anything that is outdated including food items, medication, and cosmetic products.
  • Clean the carpets.

October Home Maintenance Checklist

Most of the items on this list can be done by you, even if you don’t have much experience. If you need to know how to do a particular repair, I suggest that you look on YouTube for an instructional video. If you would like hands-on help, please contact me, and I can put you in touch with professionals who can help. Remember, maintaining your home is easier and cheaper than fixing issues that arise due to neglect.

Here is a printable version of this checklist in PDF format. Print and hang it on your fridge.

Not every item on this list will apply to your house, or there may be other items you feel you should add.

  • Check to be sure your fire extinguisher is fully charged. If it will not hold a charge, replace it. Be sure that it is in a place with easy access.
  • Clean out any debris from bathroom, kitchen, and laundry sinks. Do the same for all showers and tubs.
  • Clean your garbage disposal. This can be done by adding ½ cup of baking soda followed by ½ cup of vinegar. Let sit for 10 minutes and then flush with boiling water. Alternatively, you can freeze vinegar in an ice cube tray, then run the vinegar ice through the disposal. This freshens the sink and sharpens the blades. If you choose to use the first method, you can run regular ice cubes through your disposal to sharpen the blades.
  • Change the filters once a month on your forced-air heating system. Some filters suggest you only change bi-monthly. It will still be a good idea to check your filters monthly. If you find that they are dirty, change them. If not, you can wait the 2 month period of time. Those with pets or who live in areas with high pollen or pollution may need to change filters more regularly.
  • Test your garage door’s auto-reverse feature. Place a 2×4 on the ground under the door. When the door hits the wood, it should reverse and go up. If it does not, contact a technician to fix the problem.
  • Check your water softener salt drum and replace salt as necessary.
  • Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors even if they are still running correctly. Studies have shown that replacing batteries twice a year saves lives.
  • If you use high efficiency pleated or HEPA-style filters, they need to be changed twice a year. Change them when you replace your batteries in your detectors as an easy way to remember when your six months is up.
  • Change the filter in your refrigerator water line.
  • Repair or replace any weather stripping.
  • Have your furnace serviced.
  • Clean the heat sensor, contact points, and contacts of your thermostat. Replace if necessary.
  • Check foundations to see if dirt is being washed away. If so, look for the cause and fix it. Also remove any wooden items such as firewood or debris to keep termites at bay.

Areas With Freezing Temperatures During the Winter

  • Prepare your fireplace for winter. Clean the chimney and repair any cracks in the flue.
  • Exchange screens for storm windows and storm doors. Replace any broken glass.
  • Shut off valves to outdoor faucets.
  • Drain and store hoses.
  • Flush out and drain the sprinkler system before the first hard freeze.
  • Remove and store window air conditioning units. If you have central air, cover the outside unit with a tarp or plastic sheeting and secure with bungee cords.
  • Buy winter supplies such as sidewalk salt.
  • Service snowblower.
  • Store outdoor furniture and cushions.
  • Check driveway/pavement for cracks. Reseal before winter to keep ice from expanding the cracks and causing further damage.

August Home Maintenance Checklist

Most of the items on this list can be done by you, even if you don’t have much experience. If you need to know how to do a particular repair, I suggest that you look on YouTube for an instructional video. If you would like hands-on help, please contact me, and I can put you in touch with professionals who can help. Remember, maintaining your home is easier and cheaper than fixing issues that arise due to neglect.

Here is a printable version of this checklist in PDF format. Print and hang it on your fridge.

Not every item on this list will apply to your house, or there may be other items you feel you should add.

  • Check to be sure your fire extinguisher is fully charged. If it will not hold a charge, replace it. Be sure that it is in a place with easy access.
  • Clean out any debris from bathroom, kitchen, and laundry sinks. Do the same for all showers and tubs.
  • Clean your garbage disposal. This can be done by adding ½ cup of baking soda followed by ½ cup of vinegar. Let sit for 10 minutes and then flush with boiling water. Alternatively, you can freeze vinegar in an ice cube tray, then run the vinegar ice through the disposal. This freshens the sink and sharpens the blades. If you choose to use the first method, you can run regular ice cubes through your disposal to sharpen the blades.
  • Change the filters once a month on your forced-air heating system. Some filters suggest you only change bi-monthly. It will still be a good idea to check your filters monthly. If you find that they are dirty, change them. If not, you can wait the 2 month period of time. Those with pets or who live in areas with high pollen or pollution may need to change filters more regularly.
  • Test your garage door’s auto-reverse feature. Place a 2×4 on the ground under the door. When the door hits the wood, it should reverse and go up. If it does not, contact a technician to fix the problem.
  • Check your water softener salt drum and replace salt as necessary.
  • Clean the grease filter on your range hood. Use an auto degreaser mixed with hot water. Spray it on the filter and let sit for 5 minutes. Rinse it off and then replace.
  • Wash the fan blades on your range hood.
  • Check all toilets for leaks and running water.
  • Check tile grout in bathrooms, kitchen, laundry area, etc and repair as needed.
  • Check all appliances for frayed cords and wires. Repair or replace as needed.
  • Clean your garage.

July Home Maintenance Checklist

Most of the items on this list can be done by you, even if you don’t have much experience. If you need to know how to do a particular repair, I suggest that you look on YouTube for an instructional video. If you would like hands-on help, please contact me, and I can put you in touch with professionals who can help. Remember, maintaining your home is easier and cheaper than fixing issues that arise due to neglect.

Here is a printable version of this checklist in PDF format. Print and hang it on your fridge.

Not every item on this list will apply to your house, or there may be other items you feel you should add.

  • Check to be sure your fire extinguisher is fully charged. If it will not hold a charge, replace it. Be sure that it is in a place with easy access.
  • Clean out any debris from bathroom, kitchen, and laundry sinks. Do the same for all showers and tubs.
  • Clean your garbage disposal. This can be done by adding ½ cup of baking soda followed by ½ cup of vinegar. Let sit for 10 minutes and then flush with boiling water. Alternatively, you can freeze vinegar in an ice cube tray, then run the vinegar ice through the disposal. This freshens the sink and sharpens the blades. If you choose to use the first method, you can run regular ice cubes through your disposal to sharpen the blades.
  • Change the filters once a month on your forced-air heating system. Some filters suggest you only change bi-monthly. It will still be a good idea to check your filters monthly. If you find that they are dirty, change them. If not, you can wait the 2 month period of time. Those with pets or who live in areas with high pollen or pollution may need to change filters more regularly.
  • Test your garage door’s auto-reverse feature. Place a 2×4 on the ground under the door. When the door hits the wood, it should reverse and go up. If it does not, contact a technician to fix the problem.
  • Check your water softener salt drum and replace salt as necessary.
  • Clean the aerators on all sink faucets in the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room. Inspect rubber seal and replace if needed.
  • Clean the grills for your wall furnace or the air intake grills from a forced-air furnace.
  • Test your smoke/carbon monoxide detectors. Push the test button. If you hear an alarm, then everything is fine. If not, try replacing the batteries. If it still does not work, try cleaning any corrosion on the battery terminal. If nothing works, then you need to buy a new detector.
  • Vacuum the lint from your clothes dryer ducts, hoses, and surrounding areas.
  • Clean out basement window wells of debris.
  • Check foundations to see if dirt is being washed away. If so, look for the cause and fix it. Also remove any wooden items such as firewood or debris to keep termites at bay.

June Home Maintenance Tips

Most of the items on this list can be done by you, even if you don’t have much experience. If you need to know how to do a particular repair, I suggest that you look on YouTube for an instructional video. If you would like hands-on help, please contact me, and I can put you in touch with professionals who can help. Remember, maintaining your home is easier and cheaper than fixing issues that arise due to neglect.

Here is a printable version of this checklist in PDF format. Print and hang it on your fridge.

Not every item on this list will apply to your house, or there may be other items you feel you should add.

  • Check to be sure your fire extinguisher is fully charged. If it will not hold a charge, replace it. Be sure that it is in a place with easy access.
  • Clean out any debris from bathroom, kitchen, and laundry sinks. Do the same for all showers and tubs.
  • Clean your garbage disposal. This can be done by adding ½ cup of baking soda followed by ½ cup of vinegar. Let sit for 10 minutes and then flush with boiling water. Alternatively, you can freeze vinegar in an ice cube tray, then run the vinegar ice through the disposal. This freshens the sink and sharpens the blades. If you choose to use the first method, you can run regular ice cubes through your disposal to sharpen the blades.
  • Change the filters once a month on your forced-air heating system. Some filters suggest you only change bi-monthly. It will still be a good idea to check your filters monthly. If you find that they are dirty, change them. If not, you can wait the 2 month period of time. Those with pets or who live in areas with high pollen or pollution may need to change filters more regularly.
  • Test your garage door’s auto-reverse feature. Place a 2×4 on the ground under the door. When the door hits the wood, it should reverse and go up. If it does not, contact a technician to fix the problem.
  • Check your water softener salt drum and replace salt as necessary.
  • If you have unused bathrooms or sinks, they will need to be run to prevent grime or build up. Flush all unused toilets and run water into sinks and tubs/showers.
  • Clean the water inlet filters of your clothes washer. Also check hoses for leaks and replace any that need replacing.
  • Vacuum your refrigerator coils. Doing so will make your refrigerator more energy efficient.
  • Have an insect inspection to take care of ants, spiders, and other insects in your area.
  • Clean and repair your deck and/or patio. Start with a power wash. Restain as needed. Fix any loose boards.

May Home Maintenance Tips

Most of the items on this list can be done by you, even if you don’t have much experience. If you need to know how to do a particular repair, I suggest that you look on YouTube for an instructional video. If you would like hands-on help, please contact me, and I can put you in touch with professionals who can help. Remember, maintaining your home is easier and cheaper than fixing issues that arise due to neglect.

Here is a printable version of this checklist in PDF format. Print and hang it on your fridge.

Not every item on this list will apply to your house, or there may be other items you feel you should add.

  • Check to be sure your fire extinguisher is fully charged. If it will not hold a charge, replace it. Be sure that it is in a place with easy access.
  • Clean out any debris from bathroom, kitchen, and laundry sinks. Do the same for all showers and tubs.
  • Clean your garbage disposal. This can be done by adding ½ cup of baking soda followed by ½ cup of vinegar. Let sit for 10 minutes and then flush with boiling water. Alternatively, you can freeze vinegar in an ice cube tray, then run the vinegar ice through the disposal. This freshens the sink and sharpens the blades. If you choose to use the first method, you can run regular ice cubes through your disposal to sharpen the blades.
  • Change the filters once a month on your forced-air heating system. Some filters suggest you only change bi-monthly. It will still be a good idea to check your filters monthly. If you find that they are dirty, change them. If not, you can wait the 2 month period of time. Those with pets or who live in areas with high pollen or pollution may need to change filters more regularly.
  • Test your garage door’s auto-reverse feature. Place a 2×4 on the ground under the door. When the door hits the wood, it should reverse and go up. If it does not, contact a technician to fix the problem.
  • Check your water softener salt drum and replace salt as necessary.
  • Clean the aerators on all sink faucets in the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room. Inspect rubber seal and replace if needed.
  • Tighten the drain connectors on the garbage disposal.
  • Clean the grease filter on your range hood. Use an auto degreaser mixed with hot water. Spray it on the filter and let sit for 5 minutes. Rinse it off and then replace.
  • Wash the fan blades on your range hood.
  • Test your water heater’s pressure relief valve.
  • Clean outdoor furniture and air out cushions.
  • Clean your gutters and downspouts. They are likely quite dirty from the fall leaves and winter snows and rains.
  • Inspect exterior caulking and replace any that is deteriorating. This includes windowsills, doorsills, and thresholds, as well as foundations.
  • Be sure your trees are not interfering with any power lines. Have them trimmed as necessary.
  • Hire a professional to check and pump your septic tank.

April Home Maintenance Tips

Most of the items on this list can be done by you, even if you don’t have much experience. If you need to know how to do a particular repair, I suggest that you look on YouTube for an instructional video. If you would like hands-on help, please contact me, and I can put you in touch with professionals who can help. Remember, maintaining your home is easier and cheaper than fixing issues that arise due to neglect.

Here is a printable version of this checklist in PDF format. Print and hang it on your fridge.

Not every item on this list will apply to your house, or there may be other items you feel you should add.

  • Check to be sure your fire extinguisher is fully charged. If it will not hold a charge, replace it. Be sure that it is in a place with easy access.
  • Clean out any debris from bathroom, kitchen, and laundry sinks. Do the same for all showers and tubs.
  • Clean your garbage disposal. This can be done by adding ½ cup of baking soda followed by ½ cup of vinegar. Let sit for 10 minutes and then flush with boiling water. Alternatively, you can freeze vinegar in an ice cube tray, then run the vinegar ice through the disposal. This freshens the sink and sharpens the blades. If you choose to use the first method, you can run regular ice cubes through your disposal to sharpen the blades.
  • Change the filters once a month on your forced-air heating system. Some filters suggest you only change bi-monthly. It will still be a good idea to check your filters monthly. If you find that they are dirty, change them. If not, you can wait the 2 month period of time. Those with pets or who live in areas with high pollen or pollution may need to change filters more regularly.
  • Test your garage door’s auto-reverse feature. Place a 2×4 on the ground under the door. When the door hits the wood, it should reverse and go up. If it does not, contact a technician to fix the problem.v
  • Check your water softener salt drum and replace salt as necessary.
  • Replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors even if they are still running correctly. Studies have shown that replacing batteries twice a year saves lives.
  • If you use high efficiency pleated or HEPA-style filters, they need to be changed twice a year. Change them when you replace your batteries in your detectors as an easy way to remember when your six months is up.
  • Change the filter in your refrigerator water line.
  • Give your house a deep clean. This includes appliances, dusting, polishing, fixtures, blinds, curtains, etc.
  • Wash exterior windows inside and out.
  • Replace storm windows and doors with window and door screens. Wash the screens and repair or replace any damaged screens.
  • Power-wash your siding to remove the winter grime.
  • Inspect your roof, flashing, eaves, and soffits. Repair any issues.
  • Have your air conditioning system serviced.
  • Flush out your sprinkler system and be sure it is working correctly before summer hits. If not, contact a professional to make repairs.
  • Fertilize your lawn.
  • Clear dead plants/shrubs from around the house.
  • Check foundations to see if dirt is being washed away. If so, look for the cause and fix it. Also remove any wooden items such as firewood or debris to keep termites at bay.

March Home Maintenance Tips

Most of the items on this list can be done by you, even if you don’t have much experience. If you need to know how to do a particular repair, I suggest that you look on YouTube for an instructional video. If you would like hands-on help, please contact me, and I can put you in touch with professionals who can help. Remember, maintaining your home is easier and cheaper than fixing issues that arise due to neglect.

Here is a printable version of this checklist in PDF format. Print and hang it on your fridge.

Not every item on this list will apply to your house, or there may be other items you feel you should add.

  • Check to be sure your fire extinguisher is fully charged. If it will not hold a charge, replace it. Be sure that it is in a place with easy access.
  • Clean out any debris from bathroom, kitchen, and laundry sinks. Do the same for all showers and tubs.
  • Clean your garbage disposal. This can be done by adding ½ cup of baking soda followed by ½ cup of vinegar. Let sit for 10 minutes and then flush with boiling water. Alternatively, you can freeze vinegar in an ice cube tray, then run the vinegar ice through the disposal. This freshens the sink and sharpens the blades. If you choose to use the first method, you can run regular ice cubes through your disposal to sharpen the blades.
  • Change the filters once a month on your forced-air heating system. Some filters suggest you only change bi-monthly. It will still be a good idea to check your filters monthly. If you find that they are dirty, change them. If not, you can wait the 2 month period of time. Those with pets or who live in areas with high pollen or pollution may need to change filters more regularly.
  • Test your garage door’s auto-reverse feature. Place a 2×4 on the ground under the door. When the door hits the wood, it should reverse and go up. If it does not, contact a technician to fix the problem.
  • Check your water softener salt drum and replace salt as necessary.
  • If you have unused bathrooms or sinks, they will need to be run to prevent grime or build up. Flush all unused toilets and run water into sinks and tubs/showers.
  • Remove showerheads and clean out the sediment to provide better water pressure.
  • Inspect the caulking around tubs, showers, and sinks. If any caulking is deteriorating, replace it.
  • Clean the aerators on all sink faucets in the bathroom, kitchen, and laundry room. Inspect rubber seal and replace if needed.
  • Clean out cabinets in the kitchen and bathroom. Throw away anything that is outdated including food items, medication, and cosmetic products.
  • Clean the grills for your wall furnace or the air intake grills from a forced-air furnace.
  • Get your lawn mower ready for spring. Service the engine or have it serviced by a small engine repair shop.