Keep Your Home In Tip Top Shape


HVAC filters: Inspect and change filters, if needed. Most experts say this is need to be done monthly, but if there is no need, you may skip this step – but only after checking filters. For small families and the ones without pets it’s quite ok to get to their HVAC filters every 2-3 months. If you inspect filters, and they turn to be lean, do not change them. Just don’t forget to inspect next month. Also, some people advise to use cheap filters and change them more often, instead of buying more expensive ones.

Fire extinguishers: If there are fire extinguishers at your home, we’ll assume you know how to use them properly. Inspect them monthly, be sure they are fully charged, recharge or replace them, if needed.

Sink/tub stoppers and drain holes: Clean them out monthly. There are many ways to do it, but best solution seems to be vinegar. Well, this inspection doesn’t require more.

Check also: water softener, garbage disposal, air heating system, faucet aerators, showerheads and furnace filter


Seasonal inspections need to be done on time to get ready for the next season. This means that during spring inspection you should have your home ready for summer, during fall inspection bring your home to be ready for winter. First of all this refers to cooling and heating systems.

Spring: Get your air conditioning system ready for summer. Have it serviced. This may depend on your individual home or which part of the country you live in. Some people just use window air units for cooling their homes. Still, the ones in Colorado, for example, may use big swamp coolers up on the roof. Give a quick Internet search to get all the info you need to repair and get it ready for summer. Take care of windows. If there are broken screens, fix them. Also, clean your home exterior after long winter snow and rain. Spring is  the best time for landscaping. Check trees, and replace plants if needed. If you have high trees, make sure to trim them with a professional. It’s not a good idea to try to trim high trees by yourself, especially if theis interference with electrical lines. Clean out gutters, and at last refresh your siding’s paint, as well as repair possible holes in your brick. There might be some individual problems. You should just have a close look all around.

Summer: Start from bathrooms and kitchen. Check grout there and repair as needed. Inspect plumbing for leaks. Clean your garage. Check and clean dryer vent. You may need a professional for this. Don’t try to save money on home maintenance. The sooner you inspect and fix the problem, the less you will spend. Don’t let little problems turn into major and costly ones. If you have deck and/or patio, have it cleaned and repaired. Generally, this means a good cleaning/washing. If re-staining is also needed, do not skip it.

Fall: For home maintenance this season is an in-between season. Now you will need to finish summer tasks as well as start preparing for winter. You can’t ignore winter preparation as cold, snow and rain will become a really big problem for your home. Winterize air conditioning systems and have heating systems ready for winter. Make sure heating vents are open. If you have fireplace, do not skip it. Inspect and clean it as needed. Buy winter gear. Remember, in winter you’ll need sidewalk salt, good shovels and more. Have them ready as well. Check and repair windows and doors. If weather stripping does not seal, repair or replace it. Pay special attention to thermostat and clean heat sensor points.

Winter: Time to get back to the things you’ve left for later. If you have any interior projects or maybe you were planning to build some shelves, winter is a great time for this.


Deep clean your home annually or biannually, if needed. Undoubtedly,  cleaning your home is a task for each day or weekends. If you manage to do some small cleaning each day, you’ll not have to spend that long time on seasonal or annual cleaning. Clean and de-clutter your rooms periodically. Don’t let dust dirt and grime build up over weeks or months. Check and replace batteries in smoke/carbon dioxide detectors. This is so simple that we even didn’t want to include this point here. Still, this is really too important to leave out of attention. Batteries don’t cost much, and, in fact, you should change them when they start giving the low battery beeping noise. However, change them every 6 months – this won’t break your bank. In the end, let come to the septic tank. Have a professional check and pump it as recommended.

Dan DaCosta

Dan DaCosta

CENTURY 21 Champ Realty Ltd., Brokerage*
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