If you are like me, the last thing you want to do is work in your home on your days off. But unfortunately, if you don’t keep on top of things, those minor issues will eventually become bigger problems. You could also hire someone to do the work for you, but ask yourself if it is worth the money and effort?
The first thing you need to do is a walk-thru on your home and make a list of everything that requires attention.
To help make it a little easier, I have put together a home maintenance checklist. This way, you can work on a little bit every day and not have to stress about everything at once.
Use this checklist as a general guide which you can add or subtract to fit your needs. You can then break this list down into smaller tasks that you can work on each day.
This will help you to stay organized and make sure that you don’t forget anything.
1.) Inspect the garage door
2.) Check caulking around tub/shower
3.) Remove dirt from gutters
4.) Replace the furnace filter
5.) Inspect air conditioning unit
6.) Check smoke detectors
7.) Vacuum the refrigerator coils
8.) Clean your disposal blades and sink strainers
9.) Fix leaky faucets/non-flushing toilets/dripping showerheads/sinks that need a little extra elbow grease to get clean
10.) Wax the floors
11.) Polish the furniture
12.) Clean the windows inside and out
13.) Wash the curtains
14.) Clean the baseboards and edges of the walls
15.) Dust all surfaces, including blinds, pictures frames, and fans
16.) shampoo carpets or have them professionally cleaned
17.) Sweep and mop all floors
18.) Touch up paint on walls where needed
19.) Check the exterior of the house for any damage that may need to be repaired
20.) Tend to your garden, including watering plants, trimming bushes, and pulling weeds
This is just a general guideline. Be sure to check your home for any additions or changes you have to make to the list.
If you have children, you should probably add in a few more tasks:
21.) Check electrical outlets and covers
22.) Inspect the thermostat for damage
23.) Replace smoke detector batteries
24.) Clean the oven/microwave/toaster oven
25.) Wipe down kitchen cabinets and appliances
26.) Clean the windowsills
27.) Vacuum the crevices of furniture
28.) Wash all bedding and curtains
29.) Change the sheets
30.) Dust the ceiling fans.
You should try to do at least one thing per day. And if possible, try to get your partner involved so you can work on the list together.
With routine maintenance, your house will last longer and perform better, while resulting in less money spent on replacements.
You will also be more comfortable indoors, which makes for happier living all around.
Regular maintenance also saves you money by making it less likely for emergency repairs to become necessary. A little bit every day goes a lot further than one big job in the spring and fall.
Always be sure to follow your local codes regulations and the manufacturer's instructions for any product you are using, and make sure to take safety precautions as needed.
Remember if there is a job you can't do yourself or don't feel comfortable doing, don't be afraid to call in the professionals like Lone Star Roofing of Houston TX, and ask for advice or help in getting it done.
But it's always good to try and do it yourself first- you may be surprised at what you can accomplish.
Working on home maintenance is a great way to save money and make your house more comfortable and safe. If you follow the steps in this article, you will be well on your way to doing just that. A little bit of work every day will ensure that your house stays in good condition and that you don't have to worry about a major project popping up when you least expect it. So, get out your checklist and get started!