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The Ultimate Home Maintenance Guide for 2021

Get ready for 2021 with this comprehensive home maintenance checklist.

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It’s hard to believe it, but the end of 2020 is in sight. And that means you’re going to have to start preparing your home for 2021. Here’s a comprehensive home maintenance checklist that can help you stay on top of repairs in the new year.

Monthly Home Maintenance and Repairs

There are lots of home repairs and maintenance chores that need to be done monthly. Staying on top of the following will help you save money in the long run:

  • Clean your range hood filter
  • Refill salt in the water softener as needed
  • Snake sink, tub and shower drains to unclog them
  • Test fire extinguishers, GFCI outlets, carbon monoxide and smoke detectors
  • Check indoor and outdoor air vents and clear them of blockages and debris
  • Clean your showerheads and faucet aerators
  • Vacuum heat vents and registers
  • Clean the garbage disposal with ice, orange peels, and degreasing dish soap
  • Clean your dishwasher
  • Clean your refrigerator

Seasonal Home Maintenance Chores for Spring

  • As the snow melts, the ground thaws and the first spring flowers begin to bloom in 2021, it’s time to prepare your house for warmer weather with spring maintenance. Remember to:
  • Clean your window and door screens
  • Inspect and repair weather stripping and caulking around windows and doors
  • Clean the gutters
  • Inspect the roof for damaged, loose or missing shingles
  • Power wash your siding
  • Wash your windows inside and out
  • Refinish your deck
  • Inspect and repair shower, bath and sink caulking
  • Polish your wood furniture
  • Dust your light fixtures and ceiling fans
  • Vacuum out your dryer vent
  • Inspect your outdoor faucets and sprinkler heads, and repair them as needed
  • Have your A/C serviced
  • Fertilize your lawn
  • Flush your water heater
  • Have your septic tank inspected and pumped, if necessary
  • Clean your A/C filters
  • Replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

Seasonal Home Maintenance Chores for Summer

Once it’s warmed up, you’ll want to take care of more stuff indoors and out of the heat, if you can. Over the summer, plan to:

  • Clean your dryer vent and washing machine hoses
  • Oil your garage door
  • Check for leaks in the kitchen and bathrooms
  • Repair leaking faucets, showerheads and running toilets
  • Clean your refrigerator drip trays and vacuum the condenser coils
  • Inspect tile grout in your bathrooms and seal it as necessary
  • Prune your shrubs and trees
  • Keep your lawn tidy

Seasonal Home Maintenance Chores for Fall

In most parts of the country, fall weather is warm and dry, but not so hot that you can’t take care of outdoor home maintenance tasks. It’s the perfect time to prepare your home for the winter months, so there can be a lot to do in the fall. Make sure you:

  • Aerate the lawn
  • Clear your leaves
  • Have your furnace serviced early in the season
  • Have your fireplace inspected and cleaned
  • Inspect the caulking and weatherstripping around your home’s windows and doors, and repair it as needed
  • Install your storm windows
  • Repair exterior siding and paint trim as needed
  • Clean your gutters again
  • Inspect your roof again
  • Drain and winterize sprinkler systems, outdoor spigots, pools and other outdoor plumbing
  • Repair cracks in your sidewalks and driveway
  • Power wash your home’s exterior
  • Repair or replace failing home appliances before the holidays
  • Replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Clean your dryer vent again
  • Wash your window and door screens
  • Check for water heater leaks
  • Insulate outdoor pipes and faucets
  • Inspect and repair loose or faulty door hardware
  • Clean your carpets

Seasonal Home Maintenance Chores for Winter

Your home maintenance checklist isn’t as long for the winter season — you’ll already have taken care of most of your repairs for 2021 by the time winter sets in. But freezing temperatures and winter storms can really do a number on your home. Help avoid problems by:

  • Covering your A/C condenser unit
  • Inspecting your roof, downspouts and gutters after storms and repairing any damage
  • Monitoring your gutters for ice dam formation
  • Checking the basement for leaks during thaws
  • Snaking tub, sink and shower drains to unclog them
  • Vacuuming dust and debris from your bathroom exhaust fans
  • Cleaning your refrigerator drip trays and vacuuming the condenser coils
  • Keeping your driveway, sidewalks and stairs clear of snow and ice 

Maintaining a house is a lot of work, but with this ultimate home maintenance checklist, you can keep track of everything and keep your house just the way you like it year after year. Read our Home Matters blog for regular home repair and maintenance tips.

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