Maintaining Your Home

No home is maintenance free. Owners of new homes should pay particular attention to the moisture level inside the home. Both excess and inadequate levels of humidity can pose problems to the materials in your new home. Below, you will find a Home Maintenance Checklist and tips for Avoiding Moisture created by Tarion Warranty to assist you with maintaining proper humidity levels and setting up a regular monthly schedule to check and clean any components that require attention. These tips and checklist help ensure your home operates effeciently. You will also be protecting your warranty by properly maintaining your home. We will be adding more useful resources to help you in the near future.


 Home Maintenance Checklist
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Fall

September

• Check exterior finishes
• Check garage door tracks and lubricate bearings
• Check caulking for air and water leaks
• Plant new lawn
• Check fireplace and chimney
• Check basement or crawl spaces
• Have humidifier, furnace and HRV serviced
• Check clothes dryer vent
• Check and reset ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)
• Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

October

Shut off exterior water supply
Drain exterior water lines
• Check windows and screens
• Check roof including shingles, flashing and vents
• Check weather stripping
• Check sealing around windows and doors
• Check septic system
• Winterize landscaping and remove leaves
• Clean furnace filter and HRV

Clean water heater
• Check eavestroughs and downspouts
• Clean humidifier
• Check and reset GFCI
• Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

November

• Check attic
• Inspect floor drains to ensure trap is filled with water
• Clean furnace filter and HRV
• Check for condensation and humidity
• Check and reset GFCI
• Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors


Winter

December

• Check air ducts
• Check for excessive snow on roof
• Clean furnace filter and heat recovery ventilator (HRV)
• Clean humidifier
• Check and reset ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)
• Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

January

• Clean furnace filter and HRV
• Check furnace fan belt
• Check water heater
• Check exhaust fans
• Clean humidifier
• Remove snow and ice from roof overhang/vents
• Check and reset GFCI
• Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

February

• Clean furnace filter and HRV
• Check inside surfaces
• Remove snow and ice from roof overhang/vents
• Check and reset GFCI
• Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors


Spring

March  

• Clean furnace filter and heat recovery ventilator (HRV)
• Check attic
• Check sump pump (if installed)
• Clean humidifier
• Remove snow and ice from overhang and vents
• Check and reset ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)
• Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

April

• Check eavestroughs and downspouts
• Clean furnace filter and HRV
• Clean humidifier
• Inspect basement or crawl spaces
• Check roof for loose or cracked shingles
• Check driveways and walks for frost damage
• Check water heater for leaks
• Turn on exterior water supply
• Plan landscaping to avoid soil settlement and water ponding
• Check and reset GFCI
• Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

May 

• Inspect fences
• Check caulking for air and water leaks
• Lubricate weather stripping
• Check exterior finishes
• Check windows and screens are operating properly
• Check septic system (if installed)
• Check and reset GFCI
• Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

Summer

June 

• Inspect air conditioning
• Check roof
• Check sheds and garages
• Check sealing around windows and doors
• Check septic system and clean if necessary
• Fertilize lawn
• Check water heater
• Check and reset ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)
• Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

July 

• Air out damp basements on dry, sunny day
• Clean air conditioner
• Check exhaust fans
• Check water heater for leaks
• Check and reset GFCI
• Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

August 

• Clean air conditioner filter
• Air out damp basements on dry, sunny days
• Inspect driveways and walks
• Inspect doors and locks
• Check and reset GFCI
• Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors