Annual Home Maintenance Checklist

After you’ve moved into your brand new custom home, or even if you’ve been in your current home for some time, it’s important to keep it looking fresh and running like a well-oiled machine. Home maintenance changes from season to season, so we’ve created a checklist for every time of year to help you schedule any needed updates, repairs, and cleaning. This will ensure that your home stays in pristine condition throughout the year.

 

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Winter 

Gutters:  Gutters need clearing before the start of winter. The fall season is one of the worst culprits for overloading your gutters with unwanted debris. Falling leaves, acorns and seeds clog the gutters and prevent water from channeling away from the foundation of your home. 

Inspection of Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors: Test your Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors (Replace batteries if necessary).

Hoses: All outdoor garden hoses must be disconnected before winter starts. Hose bibs also need to be shut off via valves located in your basement. This chore prevents pipes from freezing and damage sustained by potential leaks. New custom homes now include self-draining hose bibs as a way to prevent freezing issues during the winter months.

Inspection of Plumbing and Electrical Systems: Homeowners should take the time to inspect the different areas where piping and electrical wiring exit the house. Air conditioning units, sump pump drains, and electrical meters are vulnerable areas where pests can make their ways inside the house. Sealing takes place during new home construction, but materials naturally expand and contract during weather changes. Additional caulking to seal off openings will easily resolve this issue.

Leaf Cleanup: Although you may have removed leaves at the start of the fall, before winter arrives, take another look around the exterior of your home. Dispose of leaf piles and clear away any debris that could’ve collected around the foundation. These maintenance tasks reduce the chance of water entering your basement and stops pests from making their nests inside the leaf and wood piles.

Sump Pumps: In New Jersey homes, a proper working sump pump is an absolute must. Snow, ice and rain will cause water to saturate the ground around your home’s foundation. Sump pumps need to be working properly with drains cleared to divert the water away from the home.

Heating System: Check and change the filter of your heating system. Ensure that heating system is functioning properly. 

 

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Sprinkler System: Check your sprinkler system to ensure that it's working properly.

Sinks, Showers, and Bathtubs: Inspect for deterioration of caulking and replace if needed. 

Gutters: Spring requires you to have both your gutters and downspouts cleared. Ideally, you should check gutters monthly to confirm there aren’t any blockages. While a professional technician cleans your gutters, he or she can also inspect roof vents for blockages or leaks.

Siding: Power wash siding to remove stains or debris from the winter season. 

Septic Tank: Get your septic tank inspected by a professional and consider having it pumped if needed. 

Dryers: Call in the professionals for an inspection and cleaning of your dryer vents. Newer custom homes in NJ now include a trap for lint. Lint buildup is associated with an increased fire risk.

Chimney: Professional chimney sweeps prevent chimney fires and can be scheduled at the end of the winter season.

Lawn Care: The spring is the best time to aerate your lawn. Aerating your lawn removes small cores of soil to promote healthy root growth and prevent soil from compacting.

Roof: Inspect your roof and chimney for any leaks or any missing, loose, or damaged shingles.

Inspection of Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors: Test your Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors (Replace batteries if necessary).

Air Conditioner: Change the air-conditioner filter and have serviced by a professional

Windows & Doors: Remove debris, clean screens, and replace the caulking and weather stripping if needed. 

 

 

SummerSummer

Refrigerators: Refrigerators and freezers should be pulled out and cleaned. Vacuuming behind the units prevent dust and debris from building up on coils and causing operational issues.

Furnace: Most filters require monthly changing—especially if you run your HVAC systems year-round. The number of family members, pets and carpeting also impacts how often filters must be switched out. A new filter keeps the system running efficiently.

Siding: Inspect siding for damage and signs of mold or mildew. Most homeowners schedule the siding to be power washed over the summer.

Pests: Inspect the indoors and outdoors for any signs of pests. Pest treatments can also be scheduled during the summer months. Trim back any landscaping that could be touching the home since this allows for pests to easily travel into your residence.

Vacuum System: Take the time to clean and inspect your built-in vacuum system. Use central vacuum cleaning cloths to remove dust and debris from the system. The wipes help keep the vacuum clean and odor free.

Washer and Dryer: Remove all lint from the inside and outside of our washer hoses and dryer vents.

Inspect the Bathrooms: Make sure to inspect your cabinets and around toilet in your bathroom for leaks. Replace interior and exterior faucet and shower head washers if needed.

Pool Care: Remove leaves and debris from your pool and scrub twice a month to prevent algae growth.

 

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Fall

Lawn Care: Any type of lawn issues should be addressed after temperatures have cooled, but before the first frost. Over seed and use topsoil to address any patchy areas of your lawn.

Carpets: Have your carpets professionally cleaned.

Gutters: Have leaves and debris from removed your gutters and downspouts by a professional technician. They will be able to inspect your roof vents for any blockages or leaks.

Dryer: Vacuum lint from your dryer vent

Appliances: Make it a point to remove any debris from your dishwasher trap on a monthly basis. Full traps will impact the efficiency of the appliance. Your oven’s exhaust hood has filters that require cleaning. Many of these filters can be placed in the dishwasher. Follow all manufacturer’s instructions for safe cleaning.

Water Heater: Check your water heater for leaks

Detectors: Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors rely on batteries in the case of power failure. Each spring and fall, typically during daylight savings time, switch out those batteries. Fire extinguishers located in the kitchen and garage can also be inspected at this time.

Heating System: Have your heating system inspected by a professional. 

Basement Valves: Close and open the gas and water valves located in the basement. This helps extend their lifetimes and confirm operability.

By following our Annual Maintenance Checklist, you'll be able to keep your New Jersey home looking and feeling like new all year-round!

Fireplace: Have your fireplace professionally inspected for damage or hazards.

Insulate Outdoor Pipes and Faucets: Wrap insulation around any outdoor faucets and pipes in preparation for winter. 

 

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