Winter is not for yard work, it’s for hibernation, buttery holiday treats, and long Netflix binges. But keep these to-do’s in mind when it comes to home maintenance in the winter season and it will pay-off all year long.
- Bring out the snow blower and make sure it’s in good working order, with gas and oil
- Stock up on supplies before the winter storms. Salt, shovels, and de-icers sell out quick during an impeding storm
- Check for ice dams—ice that accumulates along the eaves of your roof and can cause damage to shingles, gutters and siding. Removing them with a roof rake will keep you from potentially harming your roof
- Check and change filters in your heating systems
- Bring in firewood as needed, but store it outside long-term to reduce the risk of bugs
- Check your boiler levels
- If you have a generator, make sure it’s in good running order and has fuel
- Prepare in advance. Before the storms hit is the time to make sure you have supplies for a big storm. Water, supplies, food, and first aid should all be arranged before the big rush
While nobody likes extra chores in the summer, it’s a little more than mowing lawns and slowly killing your garden by forgetting to water—it’s a time to keep on top of maintenance so you can kick back and enjoy your home year-round, without any repair surprises.
- Weed the garden weekly—make a habit of grabbing a few weeds as you stroll through the yard and you’ll never have a choked bed
- Mowers should be set to the highest setting to protect the grass against the drought. Resist the temptation to mow short
- Water plants early in the day or around sunset to avoid frying your plants. Most plants prefer a good soaking a few times a week rather than a light shower every day. Porch ferns may need more watering as they are well-drained and often in sunshine
- Deadhead your flowers
- Use a lawn sprinkler once spring showers end. If yours are built in, check while in use for any issues
- Keep up on pool maintenance to avoid long days working on the pool. Keep the skimmer clean, clean the filter, check chemicals, scrub the pool sides weekly and keep it vacuumed
- If you plan on doing any exterior repairs, summer is the best time
- Reverse your ceiling fans to counter clockwise to circulate cool air down
- Clean your air conditioning filters once a month
- Cover windows that get direct sunlight
- Check your emergency supplies—heat and storms can knock out power and you want to have first aid, water, batteries and flashlights, and battery powered radiator.
- Create or review your family emergency plan in case of bad weather
- Check for signs of bug or other infestations so you can address anything right away—don’t forget to check the attic
- If you’re planning any home improvement projects for the fall, now is the time to meet and schedule with contractors
There’s something about that first warm day after spending all winter trudging through cold and ice and huddling on the couch in blankets. The tree frogs awaken, the birds arrive, and we throw open our windows and embrace everything fresh and renewed. It’s a good time to channel those spring cleaning urges into checking in with your home maintenance.
- Raking in the spring is more important than the fall—any leaves left now can contribute to mold or bald patches in your lawn, so head out there with a blower or a rake and get the grass ready for spring green
- Mulch your flowerbeds
- Turn outside faucets back on
- Plan ahead for summer lawn care—either renew your lawn care service contract or make sure your mowers blades are sharpened and trimmers are running
- Assess the trees on your property—both potential for storm damage and for disease or rot that may spread. Consult with professionals if you have any questions
- Reseed your lawn
- Plant perennials
- Fertilize—once your grass is green
- Clear out any raised beds and plant spring vegetables and herbs
- Store winter supplies and drain the fuel from any snow-blowers
- Check the exterior of the home for loose shingles, cracks in the foundation or other repairs that may need to take place, including any places that may need paint
- Clean the gutters and check for any cracks or water flow issues
- Hose off your decks and siding—no need to powerwash
- Clean exterior windows and replace any missing or broken screens
- If you have a pool, prepare to open the pool and inspect the patio and pumps for any repairs that need to be addressed
- Before the first hot day, check your HVAC to make sure everything is working. A cleaning and tune up with your local HVAC technician is something that can prevent future costly repairs.
- Check in with your plumbing to make sure there are no leaks.
- Spring brings rain—if you have a sump pump, ensure it is working before the storm hits.
- Replace the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide.