Winter weather can be tough on your home. But if you undertake some preventative maintenance tasks each winter you can stretch your big-ticket maintenance costs. Though temperatures can fall below freezing during most of this month, the spring rains are not too far away. Now is the time to go around the interior of your home and check for any little things you may have overlooked, or perhaps noticed and said, “I’ll get to that later.” Winter is your later. If you have any interior honey-do projects, whether it be painting, building shelves, etc., now is a great time to tackle those as well.
The following do-it-yourself chores may take a couple of hours to complete, but they'll help keep your home in top condition throughout the cold months.
- Sinks, shower & tub - repair grout
- Curtains - clean & vacuum
- Window blinds - dust
- Ceiling fans & light fixtures - clean
- HVAC - vacuum & dust
- Garbage disposal - crush ice (sharpens), baking soda and citrus fruit rinds (freshens)
- Plumbing - check for leaks on supply lines to sinks and toilets
- Doors - tighten and lube bi-fold
- Electrical - test and reset all ground fault circuit interrupter receptacles, check all extension cords.
- Basement - deep clean & inspect
While you may not always be able to do everything on your own, you can at least take care of a lot of the small things, and in the process ensure that your home stays happy, healthy and functional for your family. As always, please stay safe; if you feel uncomfortable, do not understand how to complete a task, etc… please call in a professional.
Do you have any home maintenance tasks that we missed here?