Home maintenance isn’t restricted to just repairs. In fact, regularly checking up on certain things may actually prevent them from breaking in the first place. But when things do go wrong (and they will), we have a few backup plans that you can tryout before you pick up your phone. Appliances and plumbing are the most frequent offenders, but are often the simplest to care for. From the gutters to the living room carpet, there’s a reliable method for keeping every part of your home clean, safe, and well maintained.
Must Do Home Maintenance:
The most immediate fix is to not have the problems in the first place.
Here’s a checklist of items every homeowner should get to regularly.
Test your garage door opener monthly to ensure that it reverses when it’s blocked or when its sensor beam is interrupted.
Vacuum the exhaust duct of your Dryer at least once a year. If the duct is plastic, please replace it (it can be fire hazard). The rigid sheet-metal ducting is best.
Replace your furnace filters quarterly, or as recommended by the furnace manufacturer.
Test all GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets monthly. Press the test button and use a voltage tester to make sure the power goes off.
Have your fireplace chimney inspected and cleaned on an annual basis.
Inspect window and door caulking and weather stripping annually.
- Replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors yearly. If you have never checked yours, do so.