Home Maintenance Tips

Home Maintenance Tips

Staying on Top of Home Maintenance

Home maintenance is something we often neglect. Between our daily and weekly responsibilities of cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc., maintenance is something that often falls by the wayside. But it’s essential. Like your vehicle, your home and property benefit from regular tune-ups.

Home maintenance in 10-minute home maintenance bursts well get the work done.

  1. Vacuum the condenser coils at the back of your fridge annually.
  2. Replace your furnace filters seasonally.
  3. Polish your natural wood front door. If painted, surface wash it.
  4. Clean the air conditioner/air exchanger grill and register.
  5. Dust and test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors (twice a year).
  6. Replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors (annually).
  7. Self-clean the oven (Okay, technically this takes hours, but it only takes a few minutes to set it up).
  8. Clean your coffeemaker.
  9. Clean your kitchen exhaust hood. Clean or replace the filter.
  10. Check your water heater for signs of leakage or rust.
  11. Look for worn extension cords. Replace them.
  12. Inspect your furnace/book servicing
  13. Pick a ground fault circuit interrupter outlet (GFCI) and test it. Push the Test button, check that this has popped out the Reset button and that anything hooked up to the outlet will no longer power on. Push Reset and you’re good to go. Test a different GFCI outlet next time.
  14. Conduct a garage door safety check. ( Put it into manual mode and lift it: it should glide smoothly and stay open on its own three feet from the ground: if not, have a pro counterbalance it.  Put a pet- or child-size object on the ground (a small cardboard box or lightweight plastic laundry hamper, for example) and close the door. It should pop up as soon as it meets the obstacle. If not, call a professional)
  15. Check your emergency flashlight. Do the batteries work? If not, replace them, or consider upgrading to a non-battery powered, manual wind-up model.
 
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