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1. Gutters: Remove leaves and other debris from gutters and downspouts. If the downspouts are run underground through corrugated pipe make sure the pipe is daylighted and free of debris.
2. Roof: Check the roof for leaks around chimneys, vents, and skylights.
3. Paint: Check exterior paint to make sure any siding has full coverage. Re-paint if necessary.
4. Siding: Check to make sure all siding is secured to the home. Re-Secure if necessary.
5. Windows: Check to see if all windows are operational and have sufficient caulking on the exterior. If caulking needs to be replaced make sure you remove the old caulking with a utility knife and then apply new caulking.
6. Exterior Penetrations: Check to make sure all penetrations have sufficient caulk or silicone around them.
1. Filters: Remember to replace filters as described on the filter specs. Check and remove debris from dryer vent and hood vent. Keep HVAC vents clear of debris and furniture.
2. Fire Safety: Replace smoke detector and carbon monoxide batteries every 6 months. Check to make sure your fire extinguisher is in working order.
3. Plumbing: Check for leaks at faucets and toilets once a year.
4. Doors & Windows: Make sure all doors and windows are sealed properly from the inside (you should not be able to see daylight around door and window frames from inside your house). Replace weather stripping and caulk if necessary. All of the small openings throughout your home can add up!
5. HVAC: Have your HVAC system serviced once a year by a professional. Change filters.
6. Hot Water Heater: Once a year drain your hot water heater and remove any sediment from the bottom of the tank.
This is a basic homeowner checklist for you to go through once a year. Feel free to print this list off and add to it as you discover more things that need yearly maintenance on your home. If you have any questions on how to perform some of the tasks or any other home maintenance issues, leave a comment and we will be glad to answer your questions.