With more months of winter ahead of us, most of us will be spending a lot of time indoors. This time of year can be especially busy, but if you take a little time each weekend and tackle a few of these chores, you may avoid costly repairs. They are mostly indoor tasks, and shouldn’t take up too much time.

  • Clothes dryer - check on vents and hoses for lint

  • HVAC - vacuum and dust, replace filter

  • Faucet aerator – clean

  • Door locks - lubricate

  • Garbage disposal  - crush ice (sharpens), baking soda and citrus fruit rinds (freshens)

  • Range hood fan - check and clean

  • Stove & oven: clean

  • Fridge: vacuum behind & clean coils

  • Plumbing - check for leaks on supply lines to sinks and toilets, clean main water line shutoff valve exterior

  • Tile - seal the grout. (Do this every 6 months)

  • Fire extinguisher - place near kitchen, check charge.

  • Buy foam-cup covers for outdoor faucets - commonly sold at hardware stores and provide a cheap insurance policy that will help keep exposed pipes from freezing

  • Check attic for signs of moisture

  • Electric: clean circuit breakers

  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors: inspect, clean and test  (January is a good time to replace the batteries in all your detectors.)

Getting your house ready for winter doesn’t need to be an expensive or difficult job. Complete these essential winter maintenance tasks for a warm and comfortable season.