In order to stay ahead of costly repairs, this home maintenance checklist should be addressed by every homeowner. The most important thing about this list is to check it regularly and carefully so you can see the problems before they occur. It costs nothing to check. It costs pennies to be preventative.
- Check Smoke Detectors: Test and check the smoke detectors in your home. A lot of smoke detectors can be affected by dust, so make sure they are dust free. Replace the batteries before they die.
- Change HVAC / AC Air Return Filter Every Three Months: The air conditioner works by sucking in and circulating air. The filter needs to be cleaned because it sucks up the air from your house that can contain dust particles and animal hair. The filter should be replaced every three months.
- Add Salt in Water Softener Every Three Months: A water softener helps with hard water. The salt is heavy, so you may need someone to help you add it to the machine. Even your kids and grandkids can help.
- Notice Any Cracks in the Grout in Showers: Every year, pay attention to the wet areas of the grout lines in your shower. They will disintegrate over time. Caulk and seal the bathroom tiles around the showers and wet areas.
- Notice Any Cracks in the Sink Backsplash (Where it Meets Countertop): Same process of checking at the back of the sink in the kitchen and bathrooms.
- Clean Dryer Vent: This vent runs to the outside wall of your home. Make sure the dryer vent is clean so it does not get clogged because it could start a fire.
- Clean Hood Over Stove: Clean the hood over the stove in your kitchen. You have to get the grease off of it.