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Preventive Home Maintenance

Now that you have your dream home, the first thing you’ll want to do is to protect it against wear and tear. The best way to reduce home-repair costs and headaches is to perform preventive tasks on a regular basis. If you inspect your home regularly and keep everything in working condition, you’ll cut down on repairs and nip emergency problems in the bud. Here’s a recommended schedule to help you stay on top of home maintenance.

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Once a month

bullet Clear leaves and other debris from the walkway in front of your home.

bullet Scrub off any algae or moss from the walkway.

bullet Test the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

bullet Pour 1/4 cup baking soda down all drains, then 1 cup of vinegar. Let stand overnight. Flush with hot water.

bullet Clean or change furnace filters if you have pets.

bullet Check fire extinguishers to see that they are still fully charged.

bullet Check valves in your water heater and inspect for rust.

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Every three months

bullet Check for cracks in any masonry or stucco on the outside of your home. Seal cracks immediately.

bullet Check washing machine and dishwasher areas for leaks.

bullet Clean or change furnace filters.

bullet Clean the filter in the stove hood.

bullet Make sure attic louvers are open to allow air to escape.

bullet Drain an electric water heater.




Every six months

bullet Scrub off any mildew on the exterior of your home.

bullet Check for water and air leaks in the basement, attic, and garage.

bullet Check the caulking in tubs, showers, and sinks, and replace it if necessary.

bullet Check for wood decay.

bullet Check that any TV antenna, satellite, or cable connection is secure.

bullet Look for any signs of termites.

bullet Nail down any loose shingles or siding.

bullet Touch up the paint on the exterior of the house.

bullet Check to be sure any handrails or deck banisters are secure.

Once a year

bullet Hire someone to inspect your chimney and clean it if necessary.

bullet Clean out gutters and downspouts; clear any debris from the roof.

bullet Inspect the roof for damage.

bullet Check the seals on windows and doors, and weather-strip if necessary.

bullet Have someone service your heating and cooling systems.

bullet Replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

bullet Inspect flooring for wear; refinish or replace if needed.

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