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A Home Maintenance Checklist for Every Season

Maintain your house in good condition by carrying out these vital household maintenance chores.
A home has responsibilities throughout the year; skipping the chores that fall during the season can cost you. A checklist of home maintenance will aid you in avoiding costly repairs and also ensure that the most vital elements and equipment remain in top condition.
A brief guide to the main tasks to be accomplished during every season.
Fall.
Winter.
Spring.
Summer.

Fall

The temperature is dropping, and leaves are beginning to fall. The fall season is the year that you need to prepare your house to be ready for winter.
Add these items to your home maintenance calendar for autumn:
Fill in cracks and gaps.
Make sure to maintain and test your fireplace.
Make sure your yard is ready to be ready for the winter months.
Shut down the pool.
Schedule a furnace cleaning.
Examine doors and windows to check for drafts.
Repair cracks and gaps. Julie Brittain, an Atlanta-based real estate consultant and associate broker with Real Brokerage, recommends looking for damages and taking the home's foundation. If you spot anything, Brittain says to address the issue immediately as it may indicate a significant structural problem.
Chris Hock, general contractor and director of Earth Savings Solutions in Denver, is also adamant about inspecting the exterior of your house and searching for cracks and gaps. He adds that sealing cracks and crevices will help stop drafts from entering and energy losses.
Check and maintain the condition of your fireplace regularly and maintain it. One of the most incredible things about winter is cuddling in front of a fireplace. It is essential to check that the chimney and fireplace are working well to relax in the warmth of a crackling flame.
"Clean the chimney, check the damper and ensure the proper functioning of the fireplace for safe and efficient operation," Hock states. "Gas fireplaces sometimes need to be relit; make sure all are operational."
Get your lawn ready to be ready for winter. It is only necessary to maintain your property at the beginning of fall. However, it is essential to prepare your property to make it winter-ready. Get rid of outdoor furniture, clean your sprinkler system, and spray the weed killer and winter fertilizer. Hock advises using a rich lawn fertilizer. But it could harm concrete and leave iron rust marks. "I apply it three every year. It would help if you blew it away from the concrete," the expert states.
Hemmelgarn explains. Based on the U.S. Department of Energy, heat loss accounts for 25% and 30% of all home heating use.
"Inspect the windows for issues that may affect the efficiency of your heater. If you spot any leaks, you should consider caulking the doors and windows or applying weather stripping to protect the gaps," He says.

Winter

The winter months can be a difficult time of year across the nation. Ice, snow and strong winds can wreak havoc on properties. Storms that hit the winter months caused more than $6,000 billion in losses to insurance in 2022. This was the second-highest number of years in the past ten years regarding insured losses related to winter storms.
The checklist of house maintenance to be completed for wintertime should contain the following items:
Avoid freezing pipes from freezing.
Be sure to keep the vents clean.
Examine weather stripping and insulation.
Check your roof regularly and gutters regularly.
Ice and snow that is clear.
Check smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
Avoid frozen pipes. If water is frozen in the pipes, it expands and ruptures your lines. If the icy water is thawed, the pipes could burst and flood your home, creating severe damage. Courtney Klosterman, home insights expert with Hippo and Hippo, says that repairs to a damaged pipe cost around $500 without excluding the expense of repairing water damage or structural problems.
Hock advises insulating exposed pipes by allowing faucets to drip when temperatures are low and ensuring that you keep the thermostat at an even temperature. Hock suggests that in extremely cold temperatures, especially for older homes, consider opening cabinets and using additional heaters in certain areas. He shares an example where a customer experienced substantial damage to their 100-year-old home due to a broken water line to the fridge in the crawl space.
Make sure that the vents are clear. In a recent email to her customers, Brittain recommended not closing off at least 20% of furnace registers inside your home. "This can cause unnecessary heat buildup and impact efficiency," she explained. "Keep vents free of lint, dust and pet hair by vacuuming them at least once a month."
Examine the weatherstripping and insulation. Examine the weatherstripping on the windows and doors to avoid drafts and heat loss. "Check your attic for proper insulation; many homes do not meet today's building codes," Hock states.
"Contact an experienced mitigation company in the event that you see water pouring into your roof or you observe an ice dam developing. If your home doesn't have snow and water in the eaves, it could get into the soffits of your home and cause your insulation to become wet which could cause mold to develop," He says.
Klosterman also suggests buying a fire extinguisher if there's none and inspecting the smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors at least once per month to ensure they're functioning safely and don't have any damage.

Spring

Winter storms can cause damage to your property, particularly in the colder regions. When the ground begins to warm, and spring flowers bloom, It's the perfect time to address the weather-related damage and prepare your property for spring.
These are the most essential home maintenance tasks to be completed in the spring.
Examine your roofing.
Clean gutters and downspouts.
Repair your air conditioner.
Get the yard ready.
Trim trees.
Examine exterior faucets as well as irrigation systems.
Check your roof. Snow and ice can cause some severe damage to the roofing. It's always recommended to inspect your roof visually following a significant storm. However, it's advisable to have an annual roof inspection at least once every three years by the National Association of Home Builders.
"Winter weather can be brutal for the roofing. When the temperature begins to warm up make sure to examine your roof's condition for damage for example, cracked or missing roofing shingles," Hemmelgarn suggests. "If necessary, call in a professional roofer to make any needed repairs."
According to Klosterman According to Klosterman, 38% of homeowners will face unintentional roof damage by 2022. In the event of damage, moisture and water could enter the home, leading to mould or structural damage.
You are cleaning your downspouts and gutters. It's not uncommon to see much water rushing across your channels between spring and snowmelt. If you have debris blocking the drain, it could cause flooding.
Get the yard ready. Take care to clean the yard before applying new mulch. Also, the leaves that fell in the winter. Hock recommends turning on the sprinklers to make sure you have adequate coverage.
"Get an effective water management system to reduce water consumption and focus on dry spots whenever needed. Fertilize the lawn, aerate it and take care of weed control," Hock advises. "Spring is a great opportunity to plant seeds. If you've got bare spaces in the yard ensure that the seeds are damp so that they can grow."
Trim trees. The broken branch of a tree may cause significant damage, which includes the destruction of property or power interruptions, as well as injury. A properly pruned tree will also stimulate development and maintain the structure of your tree.
"It's recommended to prune your trees while they are still dormant," Hock advises. "Pruning keeps the tree from getting massive limbs that break the snow after the initial snow. If the tree is too large, you should call experts and set up an annual maintenance plan."

Summer

It is a great time to tackle more considerable outdoor work. It's warm and sunny, making this the best opportunity to tackle jobs that will reduce the the chance of damage to property later in the year.
Here's a maintenance schedule for the season:
Make sure you keep your lawn and garden in order.
Maintain and inspect the patio or deck.
Repair and clean the windows as well as doors.
Make sure to clean and maintain the exhausts and outdoor vents.
Repair and inspect your siding.
Make sure you maintain your lawn and garden. "Summer is the time to enjoy your outdoor space," Hemmelgarn advises. "Regularly mow your lawn, water your plants and remove any weeds to keep your yard looking its best."
Maintain and inspect the deck or the patio. If you've got an outdoor patio or balcony, Hock advises you to look for loosened boards and cleanse and seal the tier in need. Hock suggests using a water seal for the surface of your deck each couple of years to avoid the rotting of joints.
They clean and repair the windows as well as doors. Energy Star estimates that homeowners can save 15% off the cost of cooling and heating by sealing their homes and adding insulation, Klosterman states. The sealing process can prevent insects, moisture, and storms from getting inside the house.
"Remove dirt and grime and inspect for any cracks; cracking causes more leaks than most would realize and is easily stopped with just a little caulking," Hock advises.
Check and fix your siding. "Your home's siding can take a beating from the elements," Hemmelgarn states. "Check for any damage and make necessary repairs to prevent further deterioration." If not taken care of, damages can lead to many troubles. The damage caused by leaks could compromise the structure of your house and lead to mould and infestations of insects.
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