HOME MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST: Keep your home in tip-top shape

Homeownership is a responsibility and commitment to maintenance is key to keeping your home sweet home in its best shape year round!

Here is a go-to checklist for what you should be diligent about checking :

  1. Cleaning out the Gutters: Call in a professional to check tough-to-reach areas. Check all potential points where clogging could occur. Using a pair of gloves, clear out any visible debris. At a minimum, clean gutters once a year by removing large debris that may be blocking the flow of water towards the downspouts. Flush gutters with a hose starting at the end furthest from the downspouts, making sure downspout drains are positioned away from the foundation.
  2. Plumbing Check: A quick walk around every three months will help catch the earliest signs of plumbing issues. Set up smart devices with leak detectors in areas where water is likely to pool, such as under bathroom or kitchen sinks and in the basement. To keep drains clog-free, pour a cup of white distilled vinegar down them a couple of times a month. Let the vinegar sit for 30 to 45 minutes, then flush with cold water. When deep-cleaning the kitchen drains, don’t forget the garbage disposal. Disconnect the unit’s power, throw on a pair of rubber gloves and wipe down the unit with cleanser until debris is removed.
  3. Roof Maintenance: Check the roof for any damage that may have happened during the winter months. (Call in a professional to do this.) Look for signs of damage, such as missing, worn or damaged shingles, while inspecting the roof from the ground.
  4. Exterior maintenance: Walk around the perimeter of the home each season to look for signs of deterioration, such as rotting, peeling paint and damaged siding, sills or soffits. Repair damaged areas right away, as these materials help protect a home from weather, water intrusion and pests. Not addressing these issues could lead to rot and damage to structural framing.