Home Ownership 101: Annual Maintenance Checklist

Are you a first-time homeowner? Congratulations. You’ve taken an incredibly positive step towards a happier, wealthier future. You’re probably head-over-heels about your brand new Chafin home – and you should be. Take care of your new home, and it will be a sparkling castle for years to come.

Many people love brand new homes because of the very small amount of maintenance and upkeep that they require. Still, there are a few tasks you should do throughout the year to make sure that everything stays in the best condition possible. Use this convenient checklist as a guide for your annual maintenance tasks.

January

  • Clean disposal
  • Clean vent hood filter
  • Check electrical cords, replace frayed or split
  • Check all doors and locks – tighten screws

February

  • Check HVAC outside unit – remove debris
  • Check fire extinguisher, replace if needed
  • Wash or vacuum curtains/window dressings
  • Clean out dishwasher drain bin

March – Spring Cleaning

  • Clean vent hood filter
  • Clean disposal
  • Check HVAC filter – replace if necessary
  • Vacuum HVAC air supply & air return registers
  • Check smoke detectors, replace batteries if needed
  • Clean aerators on faucets, nozzles and drains
  • Check window weather stripping & operation
  • Clean & lubricate window tracks
  • Clean window screens and window wells
  • Wash all windows, inside and out

April

  • Check HVAC outside unit – remove debris
  • Cabinets – light coat of wax or lemon oil
  • Reseal tile grout, if needed
  • Test hot water heater pressure valve
  • Check air conditioner drainage pipes

May

  • Clean disposal
  • Clean vent hood filter
  • Flush hot water heater and remove sediment
  • Check cabinet hinges for tightness & alignment
  • Check plumbing for leaks, tighten supply lines/valves
  • Check exterior doors lubrication & weather stripping

June

  • Check HVAC outside unit – remove debris
  • Clean disposal
  • Check HVAC filter – replace if necessary
  • Vacuum HVAC air supply & air return registers

July

  • Clean vent hood filter
  • Check all doors and locks – tighten screws
  • Check for cracks in caulking & repair

August

  • Clean disposal
  • Check HVAC outside unit – remove debris
  • Check fire extinguisher, replace if needed

September

  • Clean vent hood filter
  • Check HVAC filter – replace if necessary
  • Vacuum HVAC air supply & air return registers
  • Check window weather stripping & operation
  • Clean & lubricate window tracks
  • Clean aerators on faucets, nozzles and drains

October

  • Clean disposal
  • Check HVAC outside unit – remove debris
  • Reseal tile grout, if needed
  • Cabinets – light coat of wax or lemon oil
  • Test hot water heater pressure valve
  • Check smoke detectors, replace batteries if needed

November

  • Clean vent hood filter
  • Clean inside of dishwasher
  • Check heating system and have serviced if needed
  • Weatherproof doors and windows

December

  • Check HVAC outside unit – remove debris
  • Clean disposal
  • Check HVAC filter – replace if necessary
  • Vacuum HVAC air supply & air return registers