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The Ultimate Home Maintenance Checklist

If you’re a homeowner, or even a renter, you’ll know that home maintenance never really ends, right? It always seems like there is something to fix or improve in a home. The reality is home maintenance needs to be a regular task to avoid your home breaking down into tatters.

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The Ultimate Home Maintenance Checklist

Your home’s condition is important for your general well-being, but it is also important if you want to sell it. If you don’t maintain your home, it could also lead to some costly repairs down the road. Our comprehensive home maintenance checklist will walk you through everything you need to do on a monthly, quarterly, and yearly basis. From cleaning the windows to checking the roof for leaks, we've got you covered.

General Home Maintenance Checklist

The ultimate home maintenance checklist wouldn’t be worth much if we didn’t break down maintenance tasks into monthly, quarterly, and yearly tasks, now, would it? Here are the most necessary tasks broken down for you into these segments:

Monthly To-Do List

Every month you should tackle the following tasks:

  • Gardening and general landscaping. If you have a large or small garden, you should be maintaining its growth and keeping it under control weekly but most definitely monthly.

  • If you have smoke detectors and fire extinguishers, these should be checked monthly.

  • Clean the pool. Remove leaves and any debris from the pool. Backwash the pool, clean any filters you might have and check the acid levels too.

  • Check for any signs of mould in the wet areas of the home like in kitchens and bathrooms, but also around drains outside the home, around the pool and on patios.

Quarterly To-Do List

Every three months, you should complete the following home maintenance tasks:

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  • Check your geysers or water heaters and make sure there are no leaking pipes or damage.

  • Test large electrical items like garage doors, automatic gates, and electric fencing

  • Test your security system and do a test with your security company

  • Give a thorough cleaning to those often-forgotten parts of everyday home use like shower heads, taps, drains and sinks – both inside and out.

Yearly To-Do List

Once a year, we advise that you take on these home maintenance chores:

  • Clean out your gutters and unclog them if there are any branches, debris, or leaves in them to prevent flooding (this task is best done just before the summer rains begin).

  • Check your roof, tiles, trusses and fascia boards for any cracks or damages.

  • Tear off the old sealant and reseal all your toilets, basins, and baths with new silicone to prevent leaks or mould build-up.

  • If you have a fireplace, clean it out thoroughly and have a chimney sweep come in and clean out the chimney too. Ideally, you should do this just before winter.

  • Check for signs of any pest or rodent infestations and act accordingly if there is.

What Home Maintenance Should Be Done Seasonally?

When it comes to a seasonal home maintenance checklist, there are a few tasks that should be done at certain times of the year in preparation for the season to come. Here are our favourite home maintenance tasks according to the season:

Summer

In preparation for the warm South African summer (where it rains in certain parts of the country in summer), you should be:

  • Testing your irrigation system and borehole if you have one

  • Checking gutters for any blockages

  • Checking waterproofing on roofing and checking for any leaks in the rooftop

  • Fertilising the grass and laying down lawn dressing in prep for the rains

  • Adding compost to your garden beds

Spring

The saying ‘spring cleaning’ is very apt - it’s the perfect season to get some good cleaning going because the weather is mild and there is often not much rain in most parts of the country:

  • Deep clean your entire house including steam cleaning of carpets, rugs, cleaning out of cupboards, washing walls and any other cleaning tasks needed

  • Reseal any wood areas or items you might have like decking, window frames or furniture

  • Repair any damaged doors and windows in and around the home

Winter

With the colder weather across most of South Africa, it’s the perfect time to:

  • Clean your fireplaces and chimneys

  • Check all your insulation in your ceiling and draught-proof any gaping doors and windows

  • Check and service any gas or electric heating devices you have

  • Paint any areas of the home that need it.

Read our blog on House Painting Ideas: How To Paint The Outside Of A House for more info.

How Can Regular Home Maintenance Benefit You?

In the long term, what is the importance of home maintenance to you as a homeowner? Here’s how maintaining your home and keeping it in good order can benefit you:

  • If you regularly maintain your home, you will pick up small problems before they become huge ones. Waiting until something has become a huge problem will, no doubt, cost way more money to repair than if you fixed the problem when it was small.

  • If you make sure that your home is healthy and in good condition – like free of pests and free of mould and dampness – you will ensure that your home is as healthy an environment as it can be for you and your family.

  • Regularly testing things like your fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, alarm systems and first responders will make sure that you are as safe as possible should an emergency or accident arise.

  • A well-maintained home will be able to fetch a much higher selling price than a house that is old, unmaintained, and falling apart.

Get inspired with these tips on keeping the exterior of your home in tip-top shape. Read our Out Of Home: Home Exterior Cleaning blog now.

For more cleaning tips and tricks for the home, visit Cleanipedia today.

FAQs

What is a home maintenance checklist?

A home maintenance checklist is a list of tasks and chores that should be done monthly, quarterly, yearly, and seasonally to keep your home well-maintained.

Why is it vital to have a home maintenance checklist?

Good home maintenance can save you money, keep you safe and fetch a higher asking price should you want to sell.

What's the best way to prepare for home maintenance?

Create a home maintenance checklist that you can stick to each month, and make sure you have all the equipment and tools to complete your tasks ahead of time.

How does seasonal home maintenance work?

Seasonal home maintenance is tackling certain tasks during certain times of the year in preparation for the weather that’s coming.

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