Everyone loves to think about getting organized in the New Year, but few follow an annual home maintenance checklist as part of their organizational plan. Following a checklist allows you to catch potential problems before there is a disaster, such as a leaking faucet in the backyard or a clogged dryer vent.
A home operates with seasons. Following this natural arc throughout the year will help you stay on top of the small things so that they don’t become big things.
In the Sonoran Desert, we tend to hunker down for about a month while the temperatures drop in January. Sensitive plants and exposed pipes need to be protected for the few freezing nights we experience. We are usually clear from chances of frost after Valentine’s Day, but don’t forget our freak snowstorm on February 22, 2019!
March through April can bring comfortable but wet weather. It’s a good time to clean out garages and sheds to make sure there are no hazards, such as exposed pool chemicals or leaky fluids.
When temperatures rise in May, homeowners should prepare for summer heat and monsoon storms. Get an inspection for your A/C unit and your roof. Monsoons can cause devastating damage to a roof that needs repairs.
When temperatures finally reach a tolerable level again in November, it’s time to have the A/C unit and roof inspected once more to prepare for the winter weather.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) offers a “Healthy Homes Maintenance Checklist”. It includes basic guidelines for keeping your home in good condition. This can reduce allergens, prevent illness, reduce injury from accidents, and extend the life of your home’s structure, appliances, and systems. CLICK HERE for the Maintenance Checklist.
Your home is probably your biggest investment. Maintenance will ensure that you can enjoy it for decades to come.