Top Home Maintenance Tips For Every Season

The fun part of owning a home is that it’s all yours, and you can decorate and improve it to reflect your tastes and your personality.  But, as any homeowner can attest, the not-so-fun part of home ownership is the constant maintenance. Sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin.

So today I’m sharing this post, brought to me by a guest writer, with a few tips on when to tackle certain tasks.  Of course, every home’s maintenance needs are different but, since this post touches on some of the more important maintenance tasks, it serves as a great starting point.

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Home Maintenance Tips For Every Season

Your home is a major investment, so keeping it in good shape is a priority. Just as your body needs regular check-ups, your home also needs to be maintained. There are specific things you can do each season to maintain your home and help prevent damage.

Of course, hiring professionals such as plumbers and electricians to check plumbing, heating and cooling, and electrical systems will prevent breakdowns.

But what else should you do?  Here is a list of things to consider doing with each passing season to ensure that your home is in prime condition all year round.  Just remember to be realistic about your own abilities, and hire professional help for the more complex or dangerous tasks.

Winter

During winter, colder temperatures can lead to frozen pipes or roof damage.

  • Make sure your air-conditioning units are properly covered and secure.
  • Have your roof and gutters examined after storms, and keep them unclogged.
  • Regularly check the basement for leaks and check your plumbing system to avoid freezing pipes.

Spring

Spring cleaning may be on your mind, but spring is also an important time to assess any issues that the winter weather may have brought to your home.

  • Have your roof examined and have any damage repaired.
  • Consider changing your air-conditioner filter. 
  • Replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. 
  • Remove covers or other winter insulation on outdoor faucets. 
  • Repair or replace any damaged weather stripping or caulk around your doors or windows.

Summer

With the sun out and warm weather, it is time to have some fun. But that does not mean there is no home maintenance to be done.

  • Make sure all door hinges and garage doors are adequately oiled.
  • Clean lint from dryer vents. 
  • Replace any defective washers in faucets and hoses.   
  • Clean freezer and refrigerator coils.

Fall

Since the weather is dry and the temperatures are moderate, fall is usually the best time to do all the home maintenance projects that you have been putting off.

  • Get your forced-air heating system inspected and make sure all necessary repairs and replacements are carried out.
  • Use weather stripping to seal gaps and cracks in doors and windows. 
  • Sand, prime, and repaint any peeling or shrinking exterior trim paint. 

  • Check your roof for leaks and damaged shingles. 
  • Have old, ineffective windows replaced with contemporary energy-efficient ones.
  • Repair cracks in your driveway and walkway.
  • Insulate your outdoor faucets and pipes.
  • Check your fireplace, and consider having your chimney flue inspected and cleaned. 
  • Replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. 

Maintaining your home can be simple; make it a point to constantly check your home’s systems and to look for any damage.  Prepare well for each season by following the tips provided.  And hire professional help when you need it.  

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