How to keep your house in tip top shape:
- Change out your air filters quarterly (or ask your HVAC guys to do it for you when serviced!)
- Clean your kitchen disposal (make vinegar ice cubes and then run your garbage disposal with the ice cubes and it will clean, as well as sharpening your blades)
- If you have a traditional vent hood, clean the filter (use a degreaser from the auto parts store)
- If you have any unused areas in the home, run your water and flush toilets to eliminate leaking.
- Check and replace batteries in your smoke detectors
- Change out burned out light bulbs!
- Clean your gutters in the spring to remove all the leaves and sediment from winter snow and rain.
- Caulk all grout joints in your showers, tubs, kitchen backsplashes, and any tiled areas annually.
- Check all locks and deadbolts on your doors and windows to ensure operability.
- Tighten any loose screws on your hardware and handles.
- Seal and caulk all windows annually, as well as checking for broken screens
- Thoroughly inspect the exterior of your home once a year for any roof or window leaks, cracks in your windows or masonry, or damage to sprinkler systems, garage doors, and siding.
- Clean all your aerators on your faucets to keep good water flow.
- Check and clean your dryer vent and exhaust fans to keep blockages from happening.
- To prepare for winter, get your chimney cleaned, test your sump pumps (if applicable), and turn off and flush outdoor water faucets, as well as winterizing sprinkler systems.
- We recommend cleaning your home on a regular basis, as well as doing a seasonal deep clean!
These are just a few tips and ideas of things that we believe are important to help keep your home functioning at its best! We understand most of these items go untouched for years! However; it is worth tackling a couple at a time to help increase the longevity of your home upgrades!
*Disclaimer--- I am still working on ACTUALLY meeting my once a month home journal goal. Way behind, but working towards once a month! This will be my New Years resolution! ; )
All the Best,
Amy Leigh Prosser