Your home is a significant investment! In order to uphold the warranties and the beauty of your home, certain preservation procedures are required annually. Taking care of your home and performing routine maintenance will help keep your home in good condition and functioning as it should. We are making it easy for you…just click the season for tips on what needs to be done around your home. Contact us if you want a professional to help you take care of your home properly and safely.

 


Spring   |   Summer   |   Fall   |   Winter


 

Tips for Spring

  •   Check and clean central air conditioning system
  •   Replace or clean air filters per manufacturer’s recommendations
  •   Clean or replace furnace filter, as needed
  •   Clean range hood filter
  •   Clean dryer vent
  •   Check adjustment of door thresholds
  •   Check smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors
  •   Check and clean sump pump and pit
  •   Fertilize lawn and control weeds
  •   Turn on exterior faucets, if shut off for winter
  •   Check gutters and downspouts and clean, if needed
  •   Wash windows and the exterior of the house to remove dust and dirt
  •   Maintain proper grades for drainage away from the house – Click here to watch our How To video
  •   If the house is exposed to a hail or wind storm, contact a professional to examine the roof for damage
  •   Check roof periodically for loose vent flashing and shingles
  •   Check and repair or seal coat asphalt driveway, as needed
  •   If landscaping, call Gopher State One at 800-252-1166, to locate underground utility lines before digging

Tips for Summer

  •   Clean or replace furnace filter, as needed
  •   Check carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors
  •   Recharge fire extinguishers
  •   Clean range hood filter
  •   Air out damp basements on dry days or use a dehumidifier
  •   Check and repair caulking and grout in bath and shower tiles
  •   Inspect basement and/or crawl space for seepage and leakage
  •   Check around the exterior of the house to make sure there are no low areas that can pool water and cause basement damage
  •   Service air conditioning unit and make up air unit
  •   Re-caulk windows and doors – Click here to watch our How To video
  •   Watch our How To video
  •   Check gutters and downspouts and clean, if needed
  •   Trim trees and shrubs
  •   Mow grass slightly higher during the hot weeks of summer
  •   Water grass at least one inch per week, depending on soil

Tips for Fall

  •   Check heating and ventilating system
  •   Check smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors
  •   Always use bath exhaust fan while showering
  •   Clean or replace furnace filter, as needed
  •   Clean range hood filter
  •   Clean dryer vent
  •   Always use kitchen exhaust fan while cooking
  •   Check adjustment of door thresholds
  •   Check and repair all cracked, separated, or missing exterior caulking and weather stripping
  •   Wash windows and the exterior of the house to remove dust and dirt
  •   Get the snow blower tuned up before it snows
  •   Aerate the lawn and blow out irrigation system
  •   Check gutters and downspouts and clean, if needed
  •   Water grass as long as possible, until the ground freezes
  •   With standard frost-free hose bibs, disconnect the hose so the faucet can drain out and not freeze pipes. For non-frost proof outside hose bibs, shut off exterior faucets and drain pipes before temperatures drop to freezing.

Tips for Winter

  •   Keep humidity levels lower as the temperature drops
  •   Keep window treatments open as much as possible
  •   Clean or replace furnace filter, as needed
  •   Check hot water heater for mineral build up
  •   Clean range hood filter
  •   Check smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors
  •   Occasionally open a couple of windows for about 10 minutes to help air quality and prevent moisture build-up
  •   Clean faucet aerators
  •   Pour water in floor drains to maintain the trap’s water barrier
  •   Check outside vents (dryers, bath exhaust fans, furnaces, etc.) to make sure they are working properly and free of frost, snow and debris.
  •   With an older home that is not well insulated, a professional should remove the snow from the roof to prevent shingle damage and ice dams from from forming
  •   Avoid walking or driving on the lawn without snow cover
  •   Keep egress windows free and clear of snow and debris