Routine checks of many components around the home can help prolong the efficiency of the components themselves, as well as help to prevent or eliminate other potential conditions.  We have broken these down into different categories, based on when they should be checked.  Some items will fall into multiple categories, as they should be checked more regularly.


Annual Maintenance

  • Check safety and reverse mechanism on electric garage door openers and adjust if needed.
  • Check and lubricate window hardware.
  • Clean off debris from flat or low-sloped roofs.
  • Review roof for potential future replacement.
  • Check antennas or satellite dish supports and wires.
  • Check for wear and damage in floors, especially where one floor material meets another.
  • Evaluate floors for replacement or refinishing.
  • Check flush mechanisms on toilets.
  • Review faucets, hose bibs, and supply and drainage piping, including those in basement and crawl spaces.
  • Check water heater for leaking or corrosion.
  • Check exposed and overhead electrical wiring for damage and/or missing insulation.  Replace or repair as needed.

Spring Maintenance

  • Clean area wells, window wells, and storm drains.
  • Check driveways and sidewalks for cracks.
  • Evaluate yard for settlement and/or soil erosion.
  • Review doors, windows, and trim for failing finish.
  • Examine glazed openings for loose putty.
  • Check for broken glass and/or damaged screens.
  • Review weatherstripping for damage and tightness of fit.
  • Evaluate caulking at doors, windows, and all other openings and joints.
  • Review masonry walls for cracks and loose joints.
  • Check painted surfaces for failing paint.
  • Examine siding and trim for damage and decay.
  • Evaluate roof for damaged, loose, or blistering shingles.
  • Review underside of roof where accessible for water stains.
  • Check for damaged roof flashing.
  • Review gutters, downspouts, hangers for damage or rust.
  • Examine vents, louvers, chimney caps for bird nests or damage.
  • Check fascia and soffits for failing paint or decay.
  • Evaluate masonry chimneys.
  • Review joints in ceramic tile, laminated flooring, or similar surfaces.
  • Check grout around tubs, sinks, and showers.
  • Examine condition of lamp cords, extension cords, and plugs.  Replace if showing signs of wear or damage.
  • Test all ground fault (GFCI) receptacles.

Fall Maintenance

  • Drain outside water lines and hoses.
  • Clean area wells, window wells, and storm drains.
  • Check weatherstripping on doors and windows for damage and tightness of fit.
  • Review roof vents, louvers, chimney caps for presence of bird nests or damage.
  • Examine all joints in ceramic tile, laminated floors, and similar surfaces.
  • Check grout around tubs, sinks, and showers.
  • Evaluate condition of lamp cords, extension cords, and plugs.  Replace at sign of wear or damage.
  • Test GFCI receptacles.

Maintain As Needed

  • Clean gutters and downspouts.
  • Check septic tank.
  • If electrical fuses or breakers trip frequently, have a qualified electrician locate the cause and make repairs.
  • If an electrical appliance causes slight shock or tingling when touching it, disconnect it and have proper repairs made.