For many American’s, your home is one of the most substantial investments you will make, so protecting that investment is cardinal. Seasonal home maintenance is one of the essential pillars in your efforts to retain your investments’ value. The simple rule remains true: keeping your home running well will save you money in the long run. Most homeowners don’t know where to start when it comes to maintenance so I compiled a checklist below to help you prioritize tasks that you can tackle yourself or hire a professional to help with.
- Replace furnace and air conditioner filters
- Check and clean dryer vent, stove hood, and room fans
- Check seals on refrigerator and freezer; clean refrigerator coils; clean and adjust burner surfaces
- Clean fireplace; leave damper open for improved ventilation if home is not air-conditioned
- Check basement walls and floors for dampness; if too moist, remedy as appropriate required
- Clean humidifier according to the manufacturer’s instructions
- Check for leaky faucets; replace washers as necessary
- Clean drapes and blinds; repair as needed
- Check the attic for proper ventilation; open vents
- Schedule Sewer Scope for mainline (every 1-2 years, if you have a Single Family Home or Multi-Unit Building)
- Check your sump pump to make sure it’s draining properly
- Test your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors
- Check all weather stripping and caulking around windows and doors, especially if you have air conditioning
- Check exterior for cracked or peeled paint; caulk and repaint as needed
- Remove, clean, and store storm windows (if removable)
- Check all door and window screens; patch or replace as needed (If removed for winter, reinstall)
- Check for obtruding trees and trim as needed
- Clean gutters and drain pipes
Blog By: Matt Engle
Matt began his career in Real Estate in 2015 to pursue his passion. From helping his clients find their first home, sell and upgrade, or buy investment properties, he is there to assist every step of the way. In 2016, he bought his first investment property and currently has 9 units. He’s received the Chicago Association of Realtors’ Top Producer award in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.
Matt represents clients buying and selling residential real estate and investments in Chicago in addition to having a wealth of experience in residential leasing. He intently listens to his clients needs and thoughtfully guides by serving as a professional, educated, and responsive real estate advisor.