Monthly Home Maintenance Checklist
Part of being a homeowner is performing regular maintenance to keep the property in peak condition. Home maintenance helps protect your investment, maximize your ROI, and can even increase the home’s value. Preventative maintenance can also save thousands in repair costs. But how do you know what home maintenance repairs to take care of first?
We’ve put together a list of five things that homeowners should check every month to ensure their investment properties are safe and well taken care of:
Replace AC Filters
Replacing the AC filters in a home is an easy and inexpensive way to avoid costly HVAC repairs. Air filters should be replaced every 30-90 days. Dirt and debris in the air filter can make your AC system work extra hard and can reduce the quality of the air that circulates through the home. Neglecting the air filters could cause more wear and tear on the unit, lead to more repairs, and could even lead to mold and mildew that could cause health issues.
Making a note to check the air filters every 30 days is an easy way to take care of one of the most important systems in your home.
Look For Leaks
At least once a month, be intentional about carefully checking sinks, tubs, toilets, and pipes for leaks. Even the smallest leak could cause major damage, so it’s critical that if you do notice a leak that you locate the source as soon as possible. A running toilet could be the reason your water bill is too high, and a leaking kitchen sink could cause harmful mold or mildew. Water damage can be time-consuming to repair, and not to mention expensive. Make it a point to check the roof and attic for water damage, especially after a storm. To prevent leaks, replace old weather stripping around doors and windows, and check under cabinets in kitchens and bathrooms to be proactive about leaks.
If you do notice a leak, locate the source, turn off the water source and, if necessary, call a professional right away. Small leaks should never be ignored.
Test Your Smoke Alarms
More than 350,000 homes are damaged or destroyed by house fires each year, leaving homeowners struggling to repair and replace their investments. Smoke alarms should be tested regularly to ensure the batteries are working properly. One way to remember to do this is to replace the batteries in smoke alarms every time you turn your clocks forward or back. A house fire could be a devastating loss, and a working smoke alarm could help limit the damage. If you’re renting out your property, it’s your duty as a landlord to check smoke detectors to keep tenants safe. A loud chirp usually means smoke detector batteries are running low.
Another thing to consider: staying up to date on your emergency systems like your fire alarm can help reduce home insurance premiums.
Do A Walk Around
Every month, make a point to walk around the exterior of the property and check systems and features that you may not look at every day. Things like the foundation, vents, gutters, pipes, landscaping, storage sheds, and security or sprinkler systems. Some things that should be a part of this monthly walkaround include:
- Clear dirt, leaves, and debris from the pipes to allow for proper water flow off of the roof
- Check for tree limbs that could be scraping or scratching the side of the home or roof
- Look for cracks in the concrete foundation
- Look for fading, chips, and damage to the exterior paint
- Make updates to curb appeal, including power washing the driveway, pulling weeds, planting flowers, and freshening up the entranceway.
If your goal is to increase the value of your home, regular home maintenance is the first and most important step.
Your home is one of the most important assets you own, and a little preventative maintenance can go a long way. Performing these five simple tasks once a month will help you stay on top of regular repairs and catch small problems before they become big ones.