Welcome to the New Year! We hope you enjoyed the holidays and are excited about what 2015 will bring to you and yours!
Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to take better care of your home? If so, we have a list to help you throughout the year. Broken down by month, here are some chores to take care of as you work towards keeping your home safe, energy efficient and in good working order:
January: Test all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. Are your fire extinguishers in working order (do you know where they are?). Review warranties and maintenance requirements on major appliances.
February: Check your home for signs of water damage and mold. Inspect windows for incomplete seals and condensation. Don’t forget areas that may not get as much foot traffic, like you attic and basement. Neglect to these parts of your home may result in costly damage that could easily be remedied by early detection.
March: Check your roof! How did it weather the winter wind and rain? Check for lose or cracked shingles as these will only be further damaged by the sunny weather on the way. Inspect flashing around plumbing vents, skylights and the chimney for damage as well.
April: Take a look around outside, what can be taken care of to de-clutter and freshen up your yard? Throw away damaged flower pots and find new plants that will brighten your outdoor spaces. Gather all the yard debris (fallen branches, leaves…) left over from the winter to prepare your lawn for a great spring and summer!
May: You guessed it, time for spring cleaning! Whether you have hardwood, carpet or both, give your floors a bit of extra attention this month. Now would be a great time to clean your windows, both inside and out and let all that lovely sunshine into your nice, freshly cleaned home!
June: Time to power wash your house, deck or patio! The rain and weather from the winter and spring may have left your property dirty or mossy. Take some time to address all the little nooks and crannies, your property will look great!
July: Summer is a great time to address areas of your home that may be costing you during the winter months. Perform an energy audit of your home by seeking out gaps around doors or windows where heat may be escaping your home. These issues are more easily addressed in the summer months, your winter budget will thank you!
August: Make sure other creatures aren’t trying to invade your home! Look for evidence of mice or rats by checking your home for droppings or nests. These types of pests may also be indicated by holes and gnaw marks or an unusual odor in your home. Check for signs of termites around your home as well. Indicators of these pests include: hollow sounding wood in floors, walls or furniture, sagging wood, or frass (termite dropping). Should you find signs of these pests, contact a professional to address the issue.
September: Prepare for cooler weather by inspecting and, or cleaning your fire place. Hire an inspector to ensure your fire place and chimney is in clean and working order. It’s a good idea to have this inspection done once a year.
October: With leaves beginning to fall, it’s important to make sure gutters and downspouts are clear. Clean your gutters of leaves and debris and inspect them for damage to ensure they are functioning properly.
November: With the temperatures starting to drop, now is a good time to inspect outdoor stairs and railings. Railings that are broken or weak should be replaced to prevent slips on icy or wet steps.
December: Replace the filters in your heating and cooling systems. During peak seasons of use, these should be changed monthly.
What would you add to this list?