One of the many advantages to purchasing a new home is that everything is brand new. Renovations and replacements are unneccessary for the first dozen years or so, however, there is still routine maintenance that you should do. Like a new car, maintenance is required to keep everything running smoothly and up to speed. Homeowner maintenance, especially in the early stages of a new home, is the key to keeping your home in the same condition as it was when you purchased it.

Each season there are minor tasks you can perform to keep everything looking great and working as it should. Your home was built to last, but please use the following checklist as a guideline to ensure your new home is in its best condition:


  Spring/Summer

Interior Exterior

● clean/replace furnace filter (every 60 to 90 days)
● check hot water tank for leaks
● inspect floor drain in basement and ensure trap is filled with water
● inspect basement for moisture/leaks
● air our basement on a dry, sunny day or use a dehumidifier
● test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors (monthly)
● vacuum smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
● check and reset GFIC (Ground Fault Interrupter Circuit) on outdoor plugs
● clean/replace range hood filter
● clean humidifier (if applicable)
● check doors, tighten loose hinges and lubricate track of sliding door(s)
● check attic for adequate ventilation and ensure that all insulation is in place
● turn off pilot light in fireplace (if applicable)

 

 

 

 

 

 

● check that loose roof flashing is intact and sealed
● check roof for cracked, damaged, or loose shingles and replace as necessary
● check that eavestroughs and downspouts are free from debris
● check that attic louvers are screened and free of debris
● ensure ground is sloping away from house
● check that downspout is directing water away from the foundation
● inspect exterior clad brick and mortar for chips and cracks; fill if necessary
● plan landscaping to avoid water ponding and blocking drainage
● check rear lot catch basin and clear any debris (if applicable)
● check driveway and walkways for frost damage; fill cracks and seal
● fertilize lawn
● inspect fencing (if applicable)
● turn on exterior water supply
● check caulking is intact and sealed; re-caulk if necessary
● check windows and screens are operating properly
● inspect window wells and top with stones (if applicable)
● oil moving parts of garage door(s) and garage door opener (if applicable)
● arrange for annual inspection of air conditioning and clean filter (if applicable)

  Fall/Winter

Interior Exterior

● clean/replace furnace filter (every 60 to 90 days)
● oil furnace motor (follow manufacturer’s directions)
● inspect furnace vents and registers; ensure they are clean and free of debris
● check furnace fan belt for normal wear and tear; replace if necessary
● inspect floor drain in basement and ensure trap is filled with water
● check hot water tank for leaks, drain unit and refill
● inspect basement for moisture/leaks
● test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors (monthly)
● vacuum smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
● check and reset GFIC (Ground Fault Interrupter Circuit) on outdoor plugs
● clean/replace range hood filter
● fireplace – make sure damper works and chimney draws; check and clean flue (if necessary)
● clean humidifier (if applicable)
● open and clean fireplace, light pilot light (if applicable)
● check doors, tighten loose hinges and lubricate track of sliding door(s)
● check attic after snow storms for snow that may have entered through vents; remove as soon as possible to prevent water damage

 

● check that loose roof flashing is intact and sealed
● check roof for cracked, damaged or loose shingles; replace as necessary
● remove snow and ice from overhang and vents
● check that eavestroughs and downspouts are clear of debris
● check that attic louvers are screened and free of debris
● check for excessive snow on roof after long periods or significant snowfall; remove as necessary
● check that downspout is directing water away from the foundation
● check rear lot catch basin and clear any debris (if applicable)
● winterize landscaping and remove leaves
● drain water from exterior faucets and pipes; store hoses and shut off pipes
● check caulking is intact and sealed; re-caulk if necessary
● oil moving parts of garage door(s) and garage door opener (if applicable)
● check windows and screens are operating properly
● check clothes dryer vent and ensure it is free from debris
● check sealing around windows and doors; replace as necessary
● asphalt or concrete driveway – treat as necessary, repairing cracks