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Check your roof, vents, skylights and chimneys for leaks.
Check and clean dryer vent, air conditioner, stove hood and room fans.
Make sure your door seals are airtight. If you have a coil-back refrigerator, vacuum the coils at least twice a year.
Check basement walls and floor for dampness. Be sure to clean dehumidifier and/or sump pumps regularly.
Check caulking for signs of mildew or mold. Replace every 3 years around tubs and sinks.
Clean leaves and debris from gutters & drain pipes. Check that drains are clear and drain away from the house.
Clean fireplace of ashes, check that damper closes tightly. In the spring open the damper for improved ventilation (if the home isn't air conditioned) and fall cleaning and inspection of chimney.
Look for cracks and holes in house siding or paint. Replace caulk if necessary.
Have heating system and/or air conditioning unit serviced. Change filters regularly and heating ducts cleaned annually.
Monitor for any dead tree limbs or vegetation around the exterior of the home that could cause damage over time.
Check smoke, carbon monoxide, and radon detectors and replace batteries. Make sure fire extinguishers are in good working condition and have valid expiration dates.
Check for leaky faucets and replace washers. In fall, drain outside faucets and hoses. Place insulating covers over faucets.
Seal all drafts and make ensure windows are energy efficient. Replace screens with storm windows in the fall and switch back to screens in the spring. Check and patch all door and window screens.
Drain hot water heater and remove sediment buildup from the bottom of the tank.
A home purchased for $200,000 will cost the homeowner a minimum of $168.00 per month. This doesn't include the cost of lawn maintenance, emergency repairs, remodeling, snow removal, and many other never-ending surprises that come with home ownership. This all adds up unexpectedly. In fact, the average American home spends about $500 per month on average for home maintenance and repairs. Of course, most are not continually spending $300 a month and instead pay much more for emergency services. Ongoing maintenance could have easily prevented these extra costs.