You invest a lot in your home, and keeping up with monthly house maintenance is the surest way to make it comfortable and secure.
It’s an understatement to say that buying a home is a big deal. It’s simultaneously terrifying and exhilarating. It comes with a new set of opportunities: you can paint the walls your favorite color, plant a garden, get the grill you’ve never had room for, and not have to listen to your upstairs neighbor moving furniture when you’re trying to sleep.
A new home also comes with responsibilities. After all, you just made a big investment, and you want to be sure it grows in value. That’s why making monthly house maintenance part of your routine is so essential.
Regular maintenance isn’t just a task, though. Making your home’s upkeep a habit can save you a lot of headaches and money. Inspecting and maintaining your home can help you catch problems before they become expensive complications. You may even be able to fix minor issues on your own (or at least keep costs reasonable), rather than needing to hire someone for an extensive, emergency repair project.
It’s much better to notice a leaky pipe in your basement and hire a plumber during regular business hours than to have a burst pipe flooding your basement on a Saturday night and paying overtime for a plumber to show up. That’s precisely the kind of problem that monthly house maintenance can help prevent.
The monthly house maintenance tasks that new homeowners need to know
The basement may be one of the most overlooked areas of any home. It’s also one of the most important when it comes to detecting and preventing problems that could affect your entire house.
- Walk the perimeter of your basement checking for damp walls or floors.
- Examine the wood for signs of termites or mold.
- Check your water heater for leaks or signs of corrosion. Drain it annually to help remove sediment.
- If you have a dehumidifier, check that it’s clean and in good working condition.
- Check the pipes for signs of leaks.
- Check the floor underneath sinks, toilets, and tubs or showers for signs of leaking water.
- Be sure you know where to turn off the water main.
- Clean or replace any filters as needed, including any filters for your HVAC system, home water filters, air purification systems, or dryer exhaust.
Kitchen appliances aren’t cheap, but taking proper care of them can extend their life and keep cash in your pocket.
- Vacuum your refrigerator coils to help maintain optimal cooling.
- Clean any filters in your kitchen, such as in the dishwasher and range hood.
- Clean the garbage disposal according to the manufacturer's recommendations.
- Deep clean your refrigerator and oven.
- Check for signs of leaks around and under your sink and dishwasher.
Throughout your home
- Inspect your fire extinguisher.
- Test your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector. (Replace the batteries at least every six months.)
- Check that your alarm system is working correctly.
- Check for leaks in your bathroom around the tub, shower, sink, and toilet.
- Clean drains with a drain snake or zip-it tool.
- Vacuum or dust heating and cooling vents.
Along with your basement, the attic is a rarely visited section of many homes. But finding and fixing problems in the attic can save you from dealing with severe damage, especially when it comes to water leaks.
- Look for any areas of sunlight coming through the roof or walls.
- Inspect the entire attic for dampness or signs of leaking.
- Look for signs of pests, such as droppings or wood shavings.
Outside the home
A few small monthly house maintenance tasks outside your home could keep big trouble from coming inside your home.
- Check that gutters and drains are draining away from your home.
- Clear any dead plants or shrubs from around your home’s foundation.
- Test the auto-reverse function on your garage door.
- Walk around your home and inspect for loose or missing shingles, peeling paint, or cracks in the foundation.
Monthly house maintenance doesn’t need to be overwhelming. In fact, most of these tasks take very little time or energy. Even the more involved tasks are worth the effort because they will help prevent larger problems from developing. In addition to these monthly tasks, don’t forget to include seasonal maintenance to your home care checklist.
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