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Home Maintenance Checklist for the Seasons Page 1 of 2 Checklists for the Seasons These are checklists that you can use and incorporate into your routine home maintenance plan for your house. They are broken up into seasons. Annually: Hire a home inspector to perform a home maintenance inspection at part of your routine home maintenance plan. In the Spring: • Check for damage to your roof • Check all the fascia and trim for deterioration • Have a professional air conditioning contractor inspect and maintain your system as recommended by the manufacturer • Check your water heater • Replace all extension cords that have become brittle, worn or damaged • Check your fire extinguishers • Clean the kitchen exhaust hood and air filter • Review your fire escape plan with your family • Repair all cracked, broken or uneven driveways and walks to help provide a level walking surface • Check the shutoff valve at each plumbing fixture to make sure they function • Clean clothes dryer exhaust duct, damper, and space under the dryer • Inspect and clean dust from the covers of your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms In the Summer: • Check kids playing equipment • Check your wood deck or concrete patio for deterioration • Check the nightlights at the top and bottom of all stairs • Check exterior siding • Check all window and door locks • Check your home for water leaks • Check the water hoses on the clothes washer, refrigerator icemaker and dishwasher for cracks and bubbles In the Fall: • Check your home for water leaks • Have a heating professional check your heating system every year Home Maintenance Checklist for the Seasons Page 2 of 2 • Protect your home from frozen pipes • Run all gas-powered lawn equipment until the fuel is gone • Test your emergency generator • Have a certified chimney sweep inspect and clean the flues and check your fireplace damper • Remove bird nests from chimney flues and outdoor electrical fixtures • Inspect and clean dust from the covers of your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms • Make sure the caulking around doors and windows is adequate to reduce heat/cooling loss • Make sure that the caulking around your bathroom fixtures is adequate to prevent water from seeping into the sub-flooring In the Winter: • Clean the gutters and downspouts • Confirm firewood at least 20 feet away from your home • Remove screens from windows and install storm windows • Familiarize responsible family members with the gas main valve and other appliance valves • Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct, damper and space under the dryer • Make sure all electrical holiday decorations have tight connections • Clean the kitchen exhaust hood and air filter • Check the water hoses on the clothes washer, refrigerator icemaker and dishwasher for cracks and bubbles • Check your water heater • Test all AFCI and GFCI devices Adapted from the home maintenance book by Ben Gromicko “Now that you’ve had a home inspection.” http://www.nachi.org/home-maintenance-book.htm