A big part of the American dream is owning your own house. But, as the saying goes, there’s always something that needs taking care of, whether big or small. Stay on top of regular home maintenance tasks, and you’ll avoid many costly repairs. Here’s a home maintenance checklist that you can use to get the job done and keep your house in prime shape.

Fall, like spring, means it’s time to make a thorough check of much of your home’s infrastructure.

  • Install fresh batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Test and dust all detectors
  • Check fire extinguishers
  • Clean kitchen exhaust hood and filter
  • Drain sediment from hot water heater
  • Vacuum refrigerator coils
  • Insulate exposed pipes as needed
  • Schedule furnace inspection
  • Remove or cover window air conditioners
  • Have chimneys and flues inspected and cleaned
  • Remove screens and install storm windows
  • Turn off the outdoor water supply, remove and store hoses
  • Inspect the roof for damage
  • Clean gutters
  • Inspect caulk around windows and doors; recaulk as needed
  • Clean up leaves and other yard debris
  • Trim trees and shrubs away from the house
  • Inspect the deck for any nails or screws that may be popping up
  • Cover or store outdoor furniture