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Season by Season Home Maintenance Checklists

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

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Checklist for Winter

  1. Keep paths and driveways clear of snow and ice

  2. Keep a blanket, shovel, sand and first aid kit in your car

  3. Stock up on canned goods and household items, including lightbulbs and batteries. Buy compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs). Although they cost more than incandescent bulbs, they're more energy efficient and last longer

  4. Check for proper lighting inside and outside the house

  5. Check any holiday lights inside and outside the house and make sure they are in good working order

  6. Make sure space heaters work properly, and never leave them on unattended or placed too close to furniture or draperies

  7. Check sinks, bathtubs and toilets for leaks in the faucet or tank

  8. If you live in an area that may experience freezing tempatures, turn off the water pipes that lead to outdoor faucets. Then open the outdoor faucets to ensure that no water remains inside the pipe or hose bid. Water that freezes inside pipes can cause pipes to burst, and burst pipes cause extreme damage.

Checklist for Spring

  1. Clean windows

  2. Replace storm windows with screens

  3. Change batteries in smoke detectors

  4. Look for fire hazards, such as overloaded extension cords

  5. Check or install carbon monoxide detectors

  6. Make sure all exits, hallways and stairs are clear of clutter

  7. Clear debris from the gutters, yard, driveway, walkway and other outdoor spaces

  8. Clean out the garage, shed or carport

  9. Clean the basement and attic

  10. 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.)

  11. Make sure all indoor and outdoor stairs are slip-proof, well-lit, and in good condition

  12. Fix broken or uneven pavement on stairs, walkways, the driveay and other outdoor surfaces

  13. Have someone inspect the roof for leaks, loose shingles or debris

  14. Check indoors and outside for signs of pests, such as termites or rodents. Call a professional if you suspect an infestation problem

  15. Fix broken doors, gates and fences

Next page: Summer and fall. »

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