Tips to Help You Get Started With Your Annual Home Maintenance Check

Tips to Help You Get Started With Your Annual Home Maintenance Check

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As a homeowner, it’s important to ensure that your home is well taken care of. That’s why an annual home maintenance check-up is so important. It helps you identify potential problems before they become more serious and costly. Unfortunately, home maintenance is often overlooked because you don’t think about it if you can’t see it. But even unseen problems take a financial toll over time. So here we will discuss seven tips to help you get started with your annual home maintenance check-up. 

#1: Start On The Outside

The first step in your home maintenance check-up should be to start on the outside of the house. Inspect the exterior for any signs of damage, such as cracks in siding or roofing, missing shingles or tiles, holes in gutters and drains, loose trim or molding around windows and doors, etc. Ensure you inspect all outdoor fixtures, such as lights and faucets, for any signs of deterioration. If any damage is found, it’s best to repair them immediately before they worsen over time. The outside of the home is often neglected when it comes to regular maintenance, so it’s important to ensure that you take care of this aspect of your home.

Bear in mind that you need to prioritize your safety while performing outdoor checks. So, for example, you do not need to climb on the roof for an inspection. You can sometimes spot issues from the ground or from a ladder. For an in-depth roof inspection, it’s best to reach out to professionals you can trust with leading roofing services locally. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, you should never walk on your roof without safety equipment. Secondly, you could cause more damage by stepping on tiles or shingles.

#2: Move Inside

Once you’ve finished inspecting the outside of your home, move inside and continue your inspection. Start by checking all windows and doors for drafts that may indicate worn weather stripping or other issues that could lead to air leaks. Also, look at walls and ceilings for any water stains that may indicate a leaky roof or a plumbing issue from within the home. Be sure to also inspect all interior fixtures, such as sinks, toilets, tubs, showers, etc., for any signs of wear and tear or broken parts that need replacing. Lastly, check appliances such as ovens/stoves, refrigerators/freezers, and dishwashers/washing machines that may need servicing or repairs.

#3: Don’t Forget About Safety Measures

In addition to inspecting all the major parts of your home, don’t forget about other safety measures that are just as important. For example, you should also check smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they’re working properly and have enough battery life left. You should also inspect fire extinguishers just in case there is a need for them to be replaced. Finally, you should also check your home security system and call a locksmith if you notice any problems with your home locks. Home safety is a crucial part of your overall home maintenance, so it’s important to ensure that you don’t neglect any of these measures.

#4: Perform Regular Maintenance Tasks Throughout The Year

It’s important not to wait until your annual inspection comes around before performing regular maintenance tasks around the house, such as cleaning gutters; changing furnace filters; draining water heaters; cleaning dryer vents; checking HVAC systems; testing water pressure regulators; etc., which should be done at least twice a year if possible; ideally once in spring and once again in fall. Doing so will help maintain your home’s efficiency while preventing potential problems from arising down the line due to negligence in these areas. In addition, be sure to also schedule time for seasonal tasks such as trimming trees, cleaning chimneys and ducts, checking insulation levels, etc., which should be performed at least once a year depending on the climate and weather conditions in your area.

#5: Hire A Professional For Repairs Or Replacements

If repairs are needed, or replacements must be made during your home inspection, such as with HVAC systems, it is best practice to hire a professional, such as Eggert Cooling, for these services instead of attempting DIY repairs. This will ensure everything is installed correctly while avoiding potentially costly mistakes due to inexperience with these types of projects, saving you money and giving you peace of mind knowing that everything was done right! A DIYer cannot make all repairs, so make sure you recognize when professional help is needed and take advantage of it.

#6: Make a Home Maintenance Checklist

To help you stay on top of everything regarding your home maintenance check-up, be sure to create a home maintenance checklist that covers all the major areas of your house and lists any regular maintenance tasks that should be performed throughout the year. This will make it easy for you to keep track of everything to ensure your home is well taken care of at all times. Regular maintenance and periodic inspections are key to keeping your home safe, efficient, and in top condition!​ In addition, if you can’t remember to complete all of these tasks on your own, try using a calendar or reminder app on your phone to keep track of everything.

#7: Don’t Neglect Preventative Maintenance

Finally, remember that preventative maintenance is just as important as periodic inspections and regular check-ups. If you catch potential issues early on before they have a chance to become a bigger problem, you can save yourself time and money in the long run. For example, if you notice water stains or other signs of dampness in your house, get a professional to look at the problem immediately. And if you are having trouble with a particular appliance or system in your home, don’t wait to get it fixed; take action as soon as possible to prevent further damage and to ensure your home’s safety and efficiency. Regular maintenance and preventative care are the best ways to keep your house in shape and avoid problems down the line!​

Home maintenance is an important part of owning a home. Your annual home maintenance check-ups are essential to keeping your home safe and efficient while helping you avoid costly repairs down the line due to negligence or lack of knowledge regarding DIY projects around the house. Whether conducting an annual inspection or performing regular maintenance tasks throughout the year, it is crucial to take care of your home and ensure everything is in good working order. By following these tips, you can stay on top of all your home maintenance needs and keep your house running smoothly for years to come!​


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).