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Home Maintenance Tips

Regular maintenance is an important part of keeping your home in top condition, both for your enjoyment and for the future resale value of your house.


Clean or replace furnace filter
Check/clean heat recovery ventilator (HRV); wash or replace filter
Clean humidifier and turn it off
Check sump pump
Check gutters and downspouts and clean if needed
Inspect air conditioning; service, as needed (usually every two or three years)
Inspect basement or crawl space for signs of seepage/leakage
Ensure that ground slopes away from the foundation wall
Open outside hose connection
Open vents to outdoor crawl spaces
Clean windows, screens and hardware; install screens
Check that air intake and exhausts are clear of debris, nests, etc.
Clean range hood filter
You can turn off your HRV if your windows are mostly open in the summer. Run your HRV if you keep your windows mostly closed
Undertake spring landscape maintenance; fertilize young trees
Test your smoke alarms. Change the batteries at least once a year.

Every Two to Five Years

Check and repair driveway cracks
Check and repair the chimney cap and the caulking between the cap and chimney; re-caulk, as necessary
Refinish wood surfaces, including window frames and doors


Check exterior finishes
Check exterior wood for signs of deterioration
Check caulking and weather-stripping around windows, including around entry door from garage and home
Check basement floor drain trap; replenish with water, if needed
Have furnace/heating system serviced (every two years for an electric furnace)
Use dehumidifier in damp basements
For central air conditioning; clean filter in air handling unit


Dust or vacuum electric baseboards
Vacuum ducts behind warm air and return air grills
Test plumbing shut-off valves to ensure they are working
Test pressure relief valve on hot water tank; drain water from tank
Check door hinges and oil, if needed
Lubricate garage door motor, chain, etc.
Check attic for signs of moisture in summer or fall
Check septic system; clean, if needed (usually about every three years)
Do safety checks: fire escape routes, fire extinguisher, door and window locks

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