June is here, and you know what that means – it’s National Homeowners Month! Time to celebrate all the blood, sweat, and tears that go into owning and maintaining a home. And what better way to celebrate than by taking stock of your home and getting it in tip-top shape? We’ve put together a list of 10 essential home maintenance tasks to help you get started, but we’re sure you’ll find another 10 to add to the list once you get going. Let’s get ready to tackle these tasks like a boss.
Let’s begin at the top of your home. Time to grab your ladder.
1. How’s your roof?
Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home, protecting it from the elements. Check for any missing or damaged shingles. If you notice any issues, call a professional to help you make repairs.
2. Wait, you’re not finished. Did you check the gutters?
Gutters are as important as the roof and need to be cleaned of any clogged debris. They have a very important job to do by directing the rainwater away from your home. Make sure to clean them regularly.
We’re off the ladder but still outside. Get your power sprayer ready.
3. Clean and seal your deck or patio
Decks and patios are great for enjoying the outdoors, but they can take a beating from the elements. Clean your deck or patio regularly, and seal it to protect it from water damage and sun exposure. If you happen to have a wood deck, check for any damaged decking and replace it. Better yet, check out our recent blog about Trex deck vs wood. [link]
There is one more thing to do before we go inside.
4. Inspect your windows and doors
Check your windows and doors for any cracks or gaps that could let in drafts or water. Replace any damaged seals or weatherstripping to keep your home energy-efficient and protected from the elements. Should you be in need to replace your windows, we recommend Anderson windows as an excellent choice.
We’re in the house now. You can’t see it but it needs your attention.
5. Replace air filters
Your HVAC system is responsible for keeping your home comfortable year-round. Check your air filters and replace them if they’re dirty or clogged. Better yet, consider hiring a professional to perform an annual inspection and cleaning of your system to keep it running smoothly.
While you are replacing things, grab some batteries, just in case.
6. Time to test your smoke detectors
Your smoke detectors are a critical safety feature in your home. Test them regularly to make sure they’re working, and replace the batteries if needed. What, you don’t have smoke detectors in every room of your house? Make sure to get some for the safety of everyone.
Don’t take one more step before you grab your carpet cleaning machine.
7. Deep clean your carpets
This project will take some time and preparation if you are going to do it yourself. By deep cleaning your carpet, you can help remove dirt, stains, and allergens that regular vacuuming may not be able to address. While professional carpet cleaning services are available, doing it yourself is also an option for those who want to save money. Whatever you decide to do, make sure to allow the carpet to dry completely before walking on it.
Let’s talk about those critters who take up residence in your home.
8. It’s time to vacate the pests
Pests such as ants, termites, and rodents can cause significant damage to your home if left unchecked. You may want to consider hiring a professional to inspect your home and take preventative measures to keep pests at bay.
Look up. Do you see something on your ceiling that shouldn’t be there?
9. Check for water leaks
Water leaks can cause significant damage to your home, not to mention mold, so it’s important to check for leaks regularly. Look for water stains on ceilings and walls, and check under sinks and around appliances that use water. If you find any leaks, get them fixed as soon as possible.
You’re almost there. There’s one more room that somehow collects all those where-do-you-put-them items.
10. Time to organize your garage
Yes, your garage is often the storage space for more than just your car. In fact, sometimes your car ends up outside of the garage because of all the other items. It’s time to clean and organize it and get rid of anything you don’t need. A great idea to do is to install storage shelves or cabinets to keep things organized and make the most of the space. Won’t it be great when your car is back in the garage?
Phew! You made it through our 10 essential home maintenance tasks – give yourself a pat on the back! By tackling these tasks, you’re helping to ensure your home stays in tip-top shape and ready to handle whatever life throws your way. So sit back, relax, and take pride in your home ownership – because a well-maintained home is a happy home.
Happy National Homeowners Month, and here’s to many more years of happy homeownership!