Maintain Your Home All Year Round

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Tips for seasonal home maintenance

By: Christel Silver Special to the Boca and Delray Newspaper

Home maintenance is very important for the home’s upkeep and well-being. Just as we need an annual health physical to stay in good health, we need a seasonal maintenance plan to keep our home well maintained and to protect our investment.

Most of the home maintenance items can be taken care of by yourself, but it’s always better to be safe and call for assistance if a project is beyond your abilities.

Autumn:

  • Inspect roofing for missing, loose, or damaged tiles and leaks.
  • Power-wash windows, siding, and walkways.
  • Remove leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts.
  • Replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Clean window and door screens.
  • Vacuum lint from dryer vent.
  • Inspect exterior door hardware; fix squeaky handles and loose locks.
  • Check water heater for leaks.
  • Check Temperature Pressure Release valve on hot water heater and drain the tank.
  • Check that indoor and outdoor air vents are not blocked.

Winter:

  • Power-wash windows and siding.
  • Inspect sink, shower, and bath caulking for deterioration.
  • Repair or replace caulking around windows, doors, and mechanicals.
  • Have air-conditioning system serviced.
  • Drain or flush water heater.
  • Fertilize your lawn – unless your HOA has taken care of this.

Spring:

  • Test all GFI outlets in bathroom, kitchen, and outside receptacles.
  • Lubricate garage-door opener and chain, garage door, and all door hinges.
  • Remove lint from inside and outside washer hoses and dryer vents.
  • Clean refrigerator and freezer coils and empty and clean drip trays.
  • Check dishwasher for leaks.
  • Replace interior and exterior faucet and showerhead washers if needed.
  • Seal tile grout.
  • Prune trees and shrubs, if the HOA is not doing this.

Summer:

  • Prepare for hurricane season (June to October).
  • Make sure no plants or bushes are growing up against the house.
  • Trim all trees away from the roof – if the HOA does not do this.
  • Check all landscaping to ensure drainage goes away from the house.
  • Check all caulking around sinks, toilets, tubs, showers.
  • Clean tracks of windows and sliding glass door before applying silicone spray lubricant.
  • Inspect foundation for possible cracks.
  • Check all wood trim around the roof and outside doors.
  • On a Monthly schedule:
  • Exchange the A/C filter.
  • Clean the garbage disposal by grinding ice cubes, then flushing with hot water and baking soda.
  • Clean or replace range hood filter.
  • Clean dryer lint.
  • Professional home inspectors say: Americans take better care of their automobiles than their homes. A well maintained home will bring you maximum Dollars when you are ready to sell, but it also will bring you less repair surprises – because you will be aware and can get it fixed before hand.

About Christel Silver

Christel Silver is a full time Broker/Owner of Silver International Realty servicing the East Coast of South Florida. In 1985 she was licensed in Maryland and Washington DC as a Realtor and later as a Certified Residential Appraiser and Associate Broker and has been in Florida since 2001.