New Year, New Schedule

 

shutterstock_247865356It’s a new year and a great time to set a schedule for home maintenance. Grab those 2016 calendars and set a date each season for a home check.

Winter

  • Make sure pipes have adequate insulation to prevent freezing.
  • Keep bottled water and non-perishable food in your home and an emergency supply in your car in the event of power outages or if you are stranded.
  • Check doors and windows for a draft to avoid wasting heat.
  • Check for loose or leaking gutters.

Spring

  • Examine the roof for soft patches or missing shingles.
  • Examine chimneys for signs of damage.
  • Inspect concrete slabs for cracks or movement.
  • Check external plumbing and faucets for signs of leaks or cracks.
  • Check smoke detectors and replace batteries. 

Summer

  • Check air conditioners and schedule a tune up.
  • Check gutters for debris.
  • Check doors and windows for drafts, which can occur at any time.
  • Inspect sprinklers for leaks and cracks.

Fall

  • Examine your property for soft spots, cracks, etc.
  • Check plumbing for leaks or cracks.
  • Schedule a chimney inspection before the winter.
  • Turn off the water for external faucets and drain garden hoses.
  • Check smoke detectors and replace batteries.

Setting a date for these simple maintenance checks will help you be proactive in preventing problems. Follow our blog all year for more seasonal homeowner tips.

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