A home repair checklist is something to help you recall the items that you need to do to maintain your home. The list will ensure you extend the life span of your home functions, like your roof and exterior trim. The checklist will also help you lower your utility bills, i.e. if your furnace and water heater gets a yearly tune-up.

A home repair checklist will help homeowners find the best way to protect your home and the biggest investment they represent.

Here are a few things to add when creating your checklist:

  • Set a yearly maintenance budget
  • Pick four to six items to focus on
  • Try to finish your maintenance or repairs before Halloween

An updated home feature is the reward once you complete your regular maintenance or repair jobs. The task may be easier when you have some fun choosing a unique light installation, an innovative new paint color for the family room or wallpaper for the powder room. The future advantage of these small progressive revisions to your home is that it’ll be easier to sell as time passes.

Here is a basic home maintenance checklist:

  • Replace batteries for smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Replace furnace filters
  • Clean dryer vent
  • Check outside lights
  • Fix any cracks in walkways
  • Check and secure handrails
  • Check roof and items that protrude like vent pipes and skylights
  • Check and clean chimney
  • Clean gutters and downspouts
  • Pressure wash siding, doors, house windows, outside trim, decks and porches
  • Check outside faucets and main shut off valve
  • Check foundation and check to make sure water flows away from your home
  • Check thermostats, heating and cooling systems, insulation and ventilation, electrical panel box and breaks
  • Check the weather stripping on your doors and windows

While there are many other things you can add to your home repair checklist, these are just a few items to get you started.

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