The Homeowner’s Yearly Checklist

Updated: May 22


January - Holiday Decorations: Organize, Pack & Put away - Kitchen Cabinets: Clean & Polish - Fridge: Vacuum behind, clean coils - Stove & Oven: Clean - Electric: Clean circuit breaker - Fire Extinguisher: place near kitchen, check charge - Plumbing: Clean main water line shutoff valve exterior - HVAC: vacuum & dust - Garbage Disposal: Crush ice (sharpens), baking soda & citrus fruit rinds (Freshness) - Range Hood Fan: check & clean February - Sinks, Shower & Tub: Repair grout around - Curtains: Clean & Vacuum - Window Blinds: Dust - Ceiling Fans & Lighting Fixtures: Clean - HVAC: vacuum & dust - Garbage Disposal: Crush ice (sharpness), baking soda & citrus fruit rinds (Freshens) - Plumbing: Check for leaks on supply lines to sinks and toilets - Doors: tighten and lube bi-fold - Electrical: test and reset all ground fault circuit interrupter receptacles, check all extension cords March - Baseboards & Doors: Clean & Touch up w/ paint - Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Check batteries - HVAC: vacuum & dust - Garbage Disposal: Crush ice (sharpens), baking soda & citrus fruit rinds (Freshens) - Range Hood Fan: check & clean - Electrical: test and reset all ground fault circuit interrupter receptacles, check all extension cords - Weather-stripping & Windows: Check all caulking for separations & cracks, re-caulk - Fire Extinguisher: placer near kitchen, check charge April - Air Conditioning: Schedule service appointment - Lawn: Aerale & Fertilize - House: Walk around looking for problems: paint, shingles, foundation, etc. - Sprinkler System: Turn on, make adjustments & repairs - Landscaping: After plants are established set back irrigation - HVAC: vacuum & dust - Garbage Disposal: Crush ice (sharpens), baking soda & citrus fruit rinds (Freshens) - Plumbing: Check for leaks on supply lines to sinks and toilets May - Deck: Apply preservative sealer, clean, repair, check bolts, tighten - House: Hose down exterior - Windows: Wash and clean sills, inside & out - Plant annuals & perrenials - HVAC: vacuum & dust - Garbage Disposal: Crush ice (sharpens), baking soda & citrus fruit rinds (Freshens) - Range Hood Fan: check & clean - Plumbing: Check for leaks on supply lines to sinks and toilets - Tile: Seal the grout (do every 6 months) - Fire Extinguisher: place near kitchen, check charge June - Garage: Remove old paints and flammables - Fences: Repair and paint - HVAC: vacuum & dust - Garbage Disposal: Crush ice (sharpens), baking soda & citrus fruit rinds (Freshens) - Fridge: Test door tightness (use a dollar and pull it out of fridge after closing the door on it) July - Garage: De-clutter & donate - Artificial Plants: Clean - HVAC: vacuum & dust - Garbage Disposal: Crush ice (sharpens), baking soda & citrus fruit rinds (Freshens) - Range Hood Fan: check & clean - Plumbing: Check for leaks on supply lines to sinks and toilets - Fire Extinguisher: place near kitchen, check charge August - Carpets: Clean - HVAC: vacuum & dust - Garbage Disposal: Crush ice (sharpens), baking soda & citrus fruit rinds (freshens) - Plumbing: Check for leaks on supply lines to sinks and toilets - Doors: tighten and lube bi-fold - Electrical: test and reset all ground fault circuit interrupter receptacles, check all extension cords - Water Heater: Remove water heater residue following the manual September - HVAC: vacuum and dust - A/C: shut off, clean and cover til spring - Garden: Rake leaves dispose of mulch - Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Check batteries - Garbage Disposal: Crush ice (sharpens), baking soda & citrus fruit rinds (Freshens) - Range Hood Fan: check & clean - Plumbing: Check for leaks on supply lines to sinks and toilets - Weather-stripping & Windows: Check all caulking for separations & cracks, re-caulk - Fridge: Test door tightness (use a dollar and pull it out of fridge after closing the door on it) - Heating: Have the heating system serviced (always do in fall) October - Garden: Plant new trees and lay sod (good deals this time of year) - Garden: Trim branches & shrubs - Garden: Winterize perrenials, clean annuals out - Sprinklers: Turn off and disconnect water hoses (before 1st freeze) - Roof & Gutters: Clean off & Check for damage - Splash blocks: Clean - HVAC: vacuum & dust - Garbage Disposal: Crush ice (sharpens), baking soda & citrus fruit rinds (Freshens) - Plumbing: Check for leaks on supply lines to sinks and toilets - Hot Water Heater: Drain and remove sediment (do in fall) November - Clothes Dryer: Check on vents and hoses for lint - HVAC: vacuum & dust - Garbage Disposal: Crush ice (sharpens), baking soda & citrus fruit rinds (Freshens) - Range Hood Fan: check & clean - Plumbing: Check for leaks on supply lines to sinks and toilets - Tile: Seal the grout (do every 6 months) - Fire Extinguisher: place near kitchen, check charge December - House: roof & exterior check - HVAC: vacuum & dust - Garbage Disposal: Crush ice (sharpens), baking soda & citrus fruit rinds (Freshens) - Range Hood Fan: check & clean - Plumbing: Check for leaks on supply lines to sinks and toilets




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