Home Maintenance Schedule

Post-January Cure, Apartment Therapy came out with a “Weekend Project” dealio, which I am now kind of doing. (Even though I still need to finish my January Cure…) The first assignment was sent out this weekend, and of course I’m only just now looking at it. They recommended setting up a home maintenance schedule and writing it in to whatever planner makes the most sense. I used a combination of the AT instructions and this PDF. I’m setting reminders in my Google calendar, and also writing it out in my Passion Planner. Maybe we can finally remember to change our air filters regularly!!


Seasonal

Spring

  • March
    • clean and test smoke alarms
    • inspect roof for damage
    • AC inspection
    • wash curtains/clean blinds
    • clean up dog poop/destruction from backyard
  • April
    • clean gutters, make sure there are no blockages
    • inspect interior caulking and repair as needed
    • reverse ceiling fan directions
    • clean out fridge/pantry
    • deep clean living room furniture
    • clean up dog poop/destruction from backyard
  • May
    • make sure plants/bushes aren’t growing against house
    • check that water is draining away from the house
    • ensure there are no insects/vermin getting in the house
    • rotate/clean mattress
    • clean up dog poop/destruction from backyard

Summer

  • June
    • clean and test smoke alarms
    • examine window/door seals for leaks
    • check window screens for damage
    • wash curtains/clean blinds
    • clean up dog poop/destruction from backyard
  • July
    • examine and repair grout in bathrooms
    • inspect/lubricate garage doors and door/window locks
    • clean out fridge/pantry
    • deep clean living room furniture
    • clean up dog poop/destruction from backyard
  • August
    • repair cracks in concrete, if necessary
    • drain hot water tank
    • rotate/clean mattress
    • clean up dog poop/destruction from backyard

Fall

  • September
    • clean and test smoke alarms
    • check window/door exteriors for leaks
    • inspect exterior caulking for cracks/separation
    • heat inspection
    • wash curtains/clean blinds
    • clean up dog poop/destruction from backyard
  • October
    • check roofs for loose shingles and vents are unblocked
    • trim trees/shrubs to avoid damaging siding/roof
    • check for leaves/debris in gutters, check for blockages
    • clean out fridge/pantry
    • deep clean living room furniture
  • November
    • vacuum/clear out ducts and vents (interior and exterior)
    • turn off outside water outlets/drain faucets
    • reverse ceiling fan directions
    • rotate/clean mattress

Winter

  • December
    • clean and test smoke alarms
    • check attic/insulation for leaks
    • wash curtains/clean blinds
  • January
    • build/refill disaster preparedness kit
    • clean out fridge/pantry
    • deep clean living room furniture
  • February
    • drain hot water tank
    • rotate/clean mattress
    • deep clean washing machine
    • deep clean dishwasher

Monthly

  • test smoke detectors
  • test fire extinguishers
  • clean garbage disposal
  • clean/replace range hood filter
  • check for water leaks: toilets, sinks, dishwasher, fridge
  • clean and freshen sink drains (bleach+water or baking soda+warm water)
  • clean/replace air filters
  • clean/replace water filters
  • clean out dryer lint trap with vacuum
  • at least one dog bath – preferably once a week, though!
  • clean pet toys/bowls

Did I forget anything??


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