Posted on: January 14, 2015 Posted by: Comments: 0

Last Updated on August 30, 2022

To do listIt’s a new year, and a great time to start a month-by-month checklist for maintaining your home inside and out. Here’s a quick guide to get you started.


  • Check doors and windows for a tight lock, and seal and repair as needed
  • Check for ice dams on roof


  • Check caulking and seals around bathtubs and toilets
  • Remove any limbs interfering with electric lines


  • Test your water heater pressure release valve
  • Inspect roof for winter damage
  • Get ready for spring rains by checking exterior drainage and cleaning out gutters


  • Remove any dead plants, trees or shrubs
  • Service HVAC systems for the upcoming Carolina summer


  • Inspect for insects and address any issues
  • Clean and repair deck, patio or porch as needed
  • Clean out dryer and other vents


  • Test any sump pumps
  • Check plumbing and pools for leaks, then repair
  • Flush water heater and remove sediment


  • Power wash windows and siding
  • Check driveway and paved areas for cracks and damage, then repair


  • Disconnect washer and inspect hoses and valves for damage, then repair
  • Check foundation for cracks or missing mortar
  • Vacuum refrigerator coils


  • Get chimney cleaned and check vents, caps and covers at the roof
  • Service HVAC for winter maintenance
  • Aerate and reseed fescue lawns


  • Check fire extinguishers
  • Inspect electric lines, boxes and circuits, appliance and other cords
  • Inspect attic and crawl space


  • Winterize outdoor plumbing
  • Trim limbs away from roof
  • Keep gutters and roof cleared of leaves and debris


  • Inspect home for fire hazards around fireplaces, outlets, etc.
  • Check for evidence of mice and other rodents and take care of any problems

Every month

  • Inspect and/or change out HVAC filters
  • Test smoke/carbon monoxide alarms
  • Maintain lawn
  • Clean kitchen disposal

For a more complete list of items to add to your maintenance checklist, click here.

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