Seasonal Home and Garden Checklist for a New Year
With the New Year comes annual home maintenance chores. By having a seasonal home and garden checklist, you avoid the high cost of major repairs for runaway problems. In addition to maintaining your yard with proper pruning, fertilizing and upkeep, it’s important to keep a checklist for the appliances, heating and cooling, security, electrical systems and appliances. Just like you address your child’s physical needs with regular checkups with the doctor, it’s important to hire technicians to keep your home in top condition. A maintenance schedule for the year helps everything to run smoothly through the year.
Changing the filters
If the air filters in your home are hard-to-reach, ask someone to hold a ladder or help you reach them. Cleaning the furnace filter makes your heating and cooling unit work better. Hire a professional A/C technician to regularly check for needed repairs. You don’t need a professional, though, to change filters or to inspect the tub and sink for debris. Although it’s not safe for children to change filters or climb ladders, get them involved by talking about home maintenance issues.
Sealing cracks and gaps
Another easy thing for a home owner to do is to seal cracks in the windows and doors with weather-stripping material, fix holes in the walls from toys your children threw and put plastic door stoppers in places where your children open the door and run the door knobs into the walls. Instead of getting too upset, explain how there are solutions that help with accidents such as durable materials, cleaning products.
During the winter, remove snow and ice from the sidewalks, change light bulbs, clean the mini-blinds by thoroughly dusting them and use a steam cleaner on the carpet. As far as professional help, rely on professionals to power wash the siding, inspect the roof for missing, loose or damaged shingles and leaks and to clean out the chimney. After all the home maintenance work, it’s fun to choose a home improvement project that isn’t too difficult such as painting or installing a decorative backsplash. Many home improvement stores offer home and garden classes to help home owners learn about new projects.