Buyers Maintenance Schedule

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SPRING

March

  • Clean furnace filter and humidifier
  • Clean range hood filter
  • Check sump pump (if applicable)
  • Check attic, insulation
  • Check roof and eaves for snow and ice buildup, remove as necessary
  • Check and clean swales and window wells (if applicable)
  • Check and reset GFI
  • Test smoke alarms and CO detectors

April

  • Check and clean out eavestroughs and downspouts
  • Inspect basement and crawl spaces
  • Check the roof for loose or cracked shingles
  • Check driveways and walkways for hazards
  • Check water heater
  • Check and renew exterior finishes
  • Check and clean window wells (if applicable)

May

  • Check caulking for air and water leaks
  • Ensure the ground slopes away from the house
  • Check windows and screens
  • Lubricate weather-stripping
  • Check attic
  • Lawn preparation and weed control
FALL

September

  • Clean furnace filter
  • Clean range hood filter
  • Check exterior finishes
  • Check and redo caulking (windows & doors)
  • Check, redo caulking and grout around bathtub and shower exteriors
  • Check fireplace and chimney
  • Check basement and crawl spaces
  • Have furnace and humidifier serviced
  • Check clothes dryer vent
  • Check and clean window wells (if applicable)

October

  • Drain exterior hose bibs, including exterior hoses
  • Check roof shingles, vents and flashing
  • Check and replace weather-stripping and door sweeps, lubricate as necessary
  • Check doors and locks
  • Check water heater
  • Check eavestroughs and downspouts, remove leaves
  • Check and clean window wells (if applicable)

November

  • Check attic
  • Inspect floor drains and ensure the trap is filled with water
  • Check for condensation and humidity, use a dehumidifier
  • Balance heating system (if necessary)
  • Check and clean window wells (if applicable)
SUMMER

June

  • Clean furnace filter
  • Clean range hood filter
  • Air out damp basements on dry sunny days
  • Inspect and clean air conditioner
  • Fertilize lawn
  • Check the roof for loose shingles and flashing
  • Check doors and locks
  • Check water heater
  • Test smoke alarms and CO detectors

July

  • Air out damp basements on dry sunny days
  • Clean air conditioner
  • Check exhaust fans
  • Check water heater
  • Clean and check window wells (if applicable)

August

  • Air out damp basements on dry sunny days
  • Clean air conditioner
  • Check smoke alarms and CO detectors
  • Check ground slope (slopes away from the house)
  • Inspect driveways and walkways
  • Inspect doors and locks
  • Check and clean window wells (if applicable)
WINTER

December

  • Clean furnace filter
  • Clean range hood filter
  • Check air ducts and clean hot air diffusers
  • Clean humidifier
  • Check roof and eaves for snow and ice buildup
  • Check and clean window wells (if applicable)
  • Test smoke alarms and CO detector

January

  • Check furnace fan belt for wear
  • Oil the furnace motor (follow the instructions in the furnace manual)
  • Clean range hood filter
  • Check water heater for leaks
  • Check exhaust fans
  • Check roof and eaves for snow and ice buildup, remove as necessary
  • Clean and check swales and window wells (if applicable)

February

  • Check interior surfaces
  • Check caulking and grout around bathtubs and shower enclosures, recaulk as necessary
  • Check roof and eaves for snow and ice buildup
  • Check and clean swales and window wells (if applicable)

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