Annual Home Maintenance Checklist

 Keeping a house in tip-top shape requires that some things be tackled only once a year.  Save this list (as well as the ones from the last three Service For Life issues) to ensure you don’t forget any important tasks.

  • Identify and seal cracks and gaps in windows, doors, walkways, and the driveway.
  • Have the fireplace and chimney inspected for damage and hazards.
  • Inspect the roof for broken, loose, or missing shingles or tiles.
  • Flush hot water heater – search online for how-to information for your particular brand.
  • Check the home’s exterior for chipped paint and cracks in the foundation, and fix as necessary.
  • Remove showerheads and clean built-up sediment.
  • Deep clean the basement and garage.
  • Test well water, if applicable.
  • Update your home disaster kit. Check for a comprehensive list.