Your August Home Maintenance Checklist

Try these 10 easy home maintenance chores to prepare your home for fall. Proper, on-going maintenance in your home means everything will last longer and needs fewer repairs.

Outside:

  1. Power wash your home’s exterior including the sidewalks, steps and driveway.
  2. Give your outside air-conditioning unit a good scrub while it is off.
  3. Look for cracks in your patio, porch and driveway cement and fill them.
  4. Check wooden decks and fences for missing boards and loose nails. Replace rotting wood.
  5. Clean gutters to get them in working order for fall leaves and rain storms.

Inside:

  1. Clean out dryer lint traps: both the one in the dryer itself (ideally clean this one after every load) and the one outside your home.
  2. Change the filter in your HVAC/Heating system, preparing it for efficient heating.
  3. Clean the blades of your ceiling fans on both sides.
  4. Check on the integrity of all your windows, applying caulk sealant to cracks between the window glass and frame.
  5. Clean out your refrigerator: wipe down shelves and drawers, vacuum the condenser coils on the back, and clean underneath the refrigerator too.

Before school starts in a few weeks (or days) take some time to knock out a few easy home maintenance items and stay ahead of the back-to-school chaos. Your kids can even help on some of them, so make it a family activity!

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