2024 Maintenance Guide

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Basic Routine Maintenance

Preventative maintenance is the best way to avoid having big issues blow up. You don't need to be a handyman or expert to do the following. Everything should take just an hour or two at most, but once you're done, you'll have a better sense of how your home is running and potentially catch bigger problems early.

  • Collect any records or manuals for all major systems (Furnace, Water Heater, AC)
    1x per year
  • Run systems and listen for issues
    2x per year
  • Check water shutoff valve
    1x per year
  • Check natural gas shutoff valve
    1x per year
  • Test life safety systems
    1x per year
  • Check circuit breaker to major systems
    1x per year
  • Check for cracks around exterior of house
    1x per year
  • Check for any water pooling around exterior of house
    1x per year
  • Check attic for any signs of moisture or mildew
    1x per year
  • Create an inventory of your stuff for insurance purposes
    1x per year
  • Power wash concrete surfaces
    1x per year

Easy Upgrades

Just move in? (Or... thinking about selling?) Here are a few ways to increase the quality of your living space easily. Estimated costs range from free (!) to just a few hundred dollars.

  • Clear out junk
  • Clean windows
  • Clean closets
  • Clean storage
  • Hang art
  • Install smart lightbulbs
  • Add houseplants
  • Upgrade switch/outlet covers
  • Install new cabinet pulls
  • Install new door hardware (knobs, handles, hinges
  • Install new light fixtures
  • Re-paint trim
  • Install removeable wallpaper
  • Paint walls

Getting Ready for Winter

If you live in the Northeast like me, weather from November to March is usually a whole different ballgame. Hopefully your winter is much sunnier and warmer than ours, but if you're in another cold climate, here are a few suggestions to help your house hunker down. Winter is coming!

  • Disconnect AC system for winter
    1x per year
  • Turn off water supply to all exterior pipes and faucets
    1x per year
  • Check and clear gutters
    1x per year
  • Power wash and re-stain wood decks
    1x per year