5 Seasonal Checks that your Home Needs

Every individual dream of owning a place of their own. However, with owning a house comes the responsibility of taking care of things in the form of repairs and basic maintenance tasks. Then there is the headache of passing the checks of a home inspector in High River when the place goes up for sale. Well, you can solve most problems in your life (related to your house, anyway) by being proactive. 

With the following seasonal maintenance tasks and checks, you can avoid costly repairs and pass a home inspection with flying colours. 

Spring checking

Spring and cleaning go hand in hand. Aside from giving your house a thorough once-over and shifting around the furniture, you must also give certain areas extra attention. Some of the spring maintenance tasks include,  

  • Vacuuming refrigerator coils
  • Changing batteries of the carbon monoxide detectors
  • Inspect the caulks in the kitchen and bathroom
  • Air conditioning inspection
  • Inspect siding and masonry for damage and exterior paint for retouch
  • Inspect roof, attic, and outdoor equipment for damage
  • Clean the gutters
  • Check and clean kitchen hood and filter

Summer checklist

In summer, you may be tempted to enjoy the sun and play around. However, before you run towards the beach, make sure to do the following maintenance tasks: 

  • Reverse ceiling fan, if you have them
  • Inspect for pest infestation and activity
  • Vacuum refrigerator coils
  • Clean kitchen hood and filter
  • Inspect potentially clogging, grading, and foundational issues
  • Inspect basement and crawl space for moisture problems

Fall checks

Fall calls for cleaning and maintenance work equivalent to the spring season. So, you need to perform the same tasks as in the spring season. Additional tasks include, 

  • Clean up leaves and debris
  • Store or cover the outdoor furniture
  • Trim the shrubs and trees away from the house
  • Inspect the furnace, chimneys, and flues
  • Prepare the water heater by draining the sediment
  • Insulate exposed pipes and store the outdoor pipes
  • Test all detectors in the house

Winter inspection

Winter maintenance checklist includes,

  • Cleaning kitchen hood and filter
  • Checking the GFCI outlets
  • Inspecting sinks, toilets, and hoses (on a washing machine, dishwasher, and icemaker) for leaks
  • Clean dryer vent
  • Test the sump pump

Monthly chores

Finally, every month, make sure to clean the furnace and air conditioner filters or replace, as needed. It is also a good idea to clean the kitchen drain with a homemade or commercial solution. 

Conclusion

Maintaining your house as good as new and with proper care is key to avoiding costly and unnecessary repairs. Having a healthy maintenance practice will also allow you to sell your house easily in the future, as the property would be in great condition. Therefore, having a schedule for these vital seasonal maintenance checks is necessary.