Season by Season Home Maintenance Checklists

Here's what needs doing — every winter, spring, summer and fall

Checklist for Summer

  1. Mow the lawn and trim the bushes

  2. Have an arborist remove weak, dead, or rotten trees or large branches that may fall on the house

  3. Install window air conditioners or have central air system inspected

  4. Check all door locks and doorknobs to be sure they’re in good working order. Install deadbolts on doors, if you don’t have them

  5. Check the home security system or consider installing one

  6. Check screens in doors and windows and repair or replace as needed

  7. Check all outside lights and replace bulbs as needed

  8. Clean outdoor lawn furniture and grill

  9. Check garden hoses for leaks and replace as necessary

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Checklist for Fall

  1. Rake leaves

  2. Clean and inspect gutters, downspouts and eaves

  3. Weatherize the house (including the attic and basement) for cool and cold weather with, as needed,  insulation, weather stripping, caulk, plaster, or replacement windows

  4. Check and clean the furnace and replace air filters

  5. Put away unused lawn furniture, hoses, planters, grills and other outdoor items

  6. If you live in a cold climate, buy and store salt, sand, a snow shovel and snow blower

  7. Drain outdoor water faucets and irrigation pumps

  8. Clean your clothes dryer’s vent system. (Lint buildup can cause the dryer to run longer to dry your clothes, which wastes energy. Even worse, lint buildup in the vent can lead to a fire.)

  9. Create and store an emergency survival kit for bad weather

  10. Include batteries, candles, water and canned or packaged food that won’t spoil

  11. If you have a fireplace or wood stove, inspect and clean the hearth and stock up on firewood. Hire a chimney sweep if you haven’t had the chimney flue cleaned in a while or if you regularly use your fireplace or wood stove

  12. Change screens to storm windows and remove and clean window air-conditioning units

  13. Fill oil or propane tanks

  14. Keep walkways, paths and the driveway clear of leaves and debris

  15. Change batteries in smoke detectors

Article last reviewed or updated April 2014

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