A home is a huge investment, and it’s one you want to protect. Homeowners insurance is one way of protecting that investment; another is performing routine maintenance to keep your home in its best condition. Here are some of the things you should be doing regularly to keep up your home:

Monthly items to check for your home

  • Unclog drains (bathtubs, showers, sinks)
  • Check water softener and replace salt
  • Clean furnace/air filter
  • Clean faucet aerators and showerheads
  • Clean garbage disposal
  • Check alarms and sensors for home security systems
  • Clean range hood filters
  • Inspect fire extinguishers

Annually items to check for your home

  • Inspect roof for leaks or damage
  • Clean gutters
  • Check exterior drainage
  • Seal door and window gaps with caulk
  • Have HVAC system professionally inspected
  • Have fireplace professionally inspected
  • Replace smoke/carbon monoxide detector batteries
  • Power wash windows and siding
  • Clean carpets
  • Refinish deck
  • Have septic tank professionally pumped and inspected
  • Repair/replace damaged siding
  • Repair cracks in driveway/sidewalk
  • Inspect bathroom caulking
  • Clean major appliances (stove, washer/dryer, refrigerator, etc.)
  • Clean and mend window and door screens
  • Clean and seal unpainted concrete floors
  • Oil moving parts of garage doors
  • Clean basement window wells
  • Test sump pump
  • Check exterior exhaust vents (dryer vent, etc.)
  • Flush hot water heater
  • Inspect plumbing for leaks
  • Trim trees and shrubs
  • Inspect locks, fixtures, and hardware

Performing regular preventative maintenance on your home can help prevent expensive problems in the future and keep your home safe and feeling like new. Follow the tips above, and any manufacturer care instructions for your appliances, systems, and home components to keep your home in like-new condition!

We have everything you need for your next home improvement project. From kitchen remodels, to new decks, to roofs and windows, Zeeland Lumber is your one-stop home improvement project headquarters.

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