The Ultimate Home Maintenance Checklist

When buying a home, as when buying a car, two thoughts dominate most people's minds. How to pay for it and how much pleasure they will get from it.

Very rarely do homebuyers think of the maintenance responsibilities that come with owning a house. Only after they have moved into their property, does it dawn on them that their home requires a lot of work if they are going to enjoy living in it. If you are a homeowner struggling to keep ahead of maintenance issues in the house, this list is for you.

This checklist will help you avoid the mistake homeowners often make; they only fix things after they have broken down. Waiting until problems happen before you deal with them will push your maintenance costs through the roof, warns Advantage Realty Management in Tampa. By following this checklist, you will ensure that your home is in a satisfactory state at all times.

It will also prolong the life of appliances and protect the property itself. The checklist has a step-by-step arrangement that is easy to implement.


  • Inspect and change your HVAC filters every 2-3 months of you don’t have pets or allergies, but every month if you do

  • Clean kitchen sink disposal unit

  • Clean range hood filters to avoid fire hazards


  • Test smoke and CO2 detectors by pressing the "test button" and replace batteries, if needed

  • Test the reverse safety function on your garage door and check that the photoelectric sensors are in the right position and working

  • Flush toilets in seldom-used rooms or sinks and run the water

  • Inspect water softener and top-up the salt level if it is low

  • Check fire extinguisher gauges to see that they have the right pressure. Also, make sure they are accessible

  • Check temperature and pressure (T&P) valve on the water heater to ensure it will expel water

  • Inspect showerheads and sink aerators, cleans out debris and sediment

  • Clean out the dryer lint trap and make sure the vent is properly venting to the outside

  • Test all ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets in the home to be sure they are working


  • Give the house a deep clean

  • Vacuum your refrigerator condenser coils


  • Clean accumulated debris from gutters

  • Inspect window screens for damage, repair and replace, as required

  • Check the exterior drainage to make sure water flows away from the house. If not, grade with dirt to make it slope away from the house

  • Have a professional inspect the roof for leaks or damage

  • Inspect the exterior siding for damage and paint, as needed

  • Inspect home's exterior; look for chipped paint, holes in the brickwork, small cracks on the foundation, etc. and fix detected damage

  • Trim tree branches that are too close to the roof or nearby power lines. Remove dead plants and shrubs

  • Reverse ceiling fans' vanes to make them rotate in a counter-clockwise direction.

  • In late spring, service air conditioners in readiness for summer. If you use window units, service, and install them


  • Inspect grout on tiled surfaces; bathrooms, kitchen, and all other areas

  • Check faucets, toilets, and all plumbing fixtures for leaks

  • Wash deck or patio and check for loose boards or posts. If necessary, re-stain deck

  • Clear out accumulated debris from the basement window wells

  • Give the garage a thorough cleaning and tidy it up

  • Wash and seal wood fences

  • Flush out the water heater to empty it of sediment

  • Attend to noticeable insect problems to prevent a full-blown invasion of the home


  • Remove and put window screens in storage

  • Install the home's storm windows

  • Pour water down the sump pit to test the sump pump

  • Inspect the driveway and pavements for cracks. Seal to prevent freezing water from expanding them in winter

  • Get a professional to inspect and service the furnace

  • Check doors and windows for leaks and cracks

  • Ensure that heating vents are open and not obstructed

  • Perform a thorough cleaning of the chimney

  • Winterize central air conditioning by covering the external units. Remove window units and store them

  • Flush outdoor water faucets and install foam cover over them to protect them

  • Winterize the sprinkler system

  • Reverse ceiling fans vanes to rotate clockwise

  • Purchase winter supplies and gear


  • Remove nearby tree branches that are too close to electrical poles and power lines

  • Check outside faucets to make sure the foam covers are in place

  • Remove, inspect, and clean shower heads

  • Inspect caulking around baths and showers; repair them, if necessary

  • Inspect door handles, knobs, or anything with screws; tighten them

  • Ensure that the deadbolts on doors and windows are in good working order

  • Keep the ground near the house graded away to prevent interior flooding

  • Using a ladder, regularly check gutters and the lower roof for ice dams

  • Get rid of icicles on cables and other places around the exterior

  • Give the basement a deep clean

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