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A house is more than an investment. It’s also your home, the place where your family spends most of their time. As an investment and for your family’s safety it is important to keep your home in tip-top shape — and the key to a safe home is regular maintenance.

Use these lists, sorted by season, to schedule indoor and outdoor home maintenance tasks. Adhering to a preventive maintenance routine will extend the life of your home and help prevent costly repairs later.

Spring

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1. Clean out gutters to remove leaves and gunk that may have built up during the winter. Flush the downspouts with water and be sure the gutters are set to drain away from the house.

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2. Inspect the exterior of your home and make any needed repairs. Check the outside walls for deterioration such as chipping paint, loose siding or damaged bricks. Pay special attention to the foundation and hire a professional to fix masonry cracks.

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3. Check for loose or missing mortar around the chimney.

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4. Have a professional contractor inspect your air conditioning system and perform annual maintenance according the device's user guide.

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5. Trim shrubs and plants to no closer than 3" from your home. Pay special attention to areas with climbing vines and near your air conditioner's condensing unit.

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6. Check trees for dangerous growth. Prune trees that can interfere with electrical lines and look for roots growing too near your foundation or under concrete pads.

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7. Check your roof for leaks or damage that may have occurred over the winter. Pay special attention around vents, skylights and chimneys. Look for loose or missing shingles.

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8. Drain the water heater tank and the sediment to prevent mineral and corrosion buildup. Follow the manufacturers' recommendations.

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9. Check indoor plumbing fixtures and make sure shut-off valves are in good working condition.

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10. Clean the vent on your clothes dryer and check the exhaust pathway is clear.

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11. Give your windows a deep cleaning, inside and out. Repair or replace damaged screens. Dust blinds and vacuum curtains.

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12. Clean out cabinets in the kitchen and bathroom. Throw away old food, medicine and cosmetics.

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13. Clean the carpets.

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14. Polish wood furniture, and dust light fixtures.

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Summer

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1. Close registers in rooms that are not being used. To avoid damage to your central heating system, close no more than one fourth of the area of your home.

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2. Clean built-up debris from window wells.

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3. Weather-strip all doors and windows to close air gaps and reduce heat/cooling loss. Don't forget the garage door. A tight seal will prevent drafts and guard against unwelcome pests.

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4. Check the deck. Wash it down and repair any loose boards or posts.

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5. Change the filter on ventilation, heating and air conditioning units.

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6. Inspect your plumbing for leaks. Replace washers on leaky faucets and clean the aerators.

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7. Clean the drains by flushing them with a 1-1 mix of baking soda and white vinegar. Leave the solution to work for about 10 minutes, then flush with boiling water.

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8. Repair grout and caulking. Look for damage in tiled spaces throughout the house: bathrooms, kitchen, etc.

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9. Bi-annual safety check. Ensure that safety equipment such as smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working correctly. Replace the batteries.

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Fall

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1. It's time to get your home ready for the cooler months of winter.

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2. Flush out sediments from your hot water heater and test the pressure relief valve. This should be done twice a year.

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3. Have a heating professional check your heating system every year before the winter season.

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4. Inspect the porch. Check for uneven stairs and loose railings.

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5. Look in the attic and basement for signs of small animals. Find and seal holes that may be used as entrance points.

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6. Winterize your air conditioning system. Tasks will vary from home to home, but may include storing window units or protecting outside units from the elements with a tarp or other shelter.

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7. Protect your home from frozen pipes. Flush outdoor faucets and remove garden hoses. Turn off water valves and winterize sprinkler systems according to the manufacturer's recommendations.

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8. Have a certified chimney sweep inspect and clean the flues and check your fireplace damper.

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9. Prep paved areas like patios, sidewalks and driveways. Repair and re-seal holes or cracks to protect against expanding ice and water damage.

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10. Test the sump pump prior to winter storms.

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11. Check your supplies. Do you have everything you need to make it through winter? Sidewalk salt, shovels, etc?

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Winter

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1. Have your furnace or central heating unit serviced annually by a professional.

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2. Insulate pipes in your home's crawl spaces and attic.

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3. Check the attic for adequate ventilation.

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4. Clean the kitchen exhaust hood and air filters.

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5. Check the water hoses on the clothes washer, refrigerator icemaker and dishwasher for cracks and bubbles.

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6. Inspect the basement. Thoroughly dust and do an annual deep cleaning. Check for mold, cracks and dampness along the floor and walls.

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7. Fix loose screws. Go through your home and tighten handles, knobs, racks and screws that may have come loose during the year.

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8. Check all the locks on your doors and windows. Repair or replace items that aren't working properly. Lubricate hinges and other moving parts as needed.

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9. Clean sediment from showerheads and faucets.

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10. Bi-annual safety check. Ensure that safety equipment such as smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working correctly. Replace the batteries.

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11. Ensure fire extinguishers are in good condition and ready for use.

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12. Break out the vacuum. Vacuum the coils on the back of your refrigerator and the internal parts of air conditioners. Always be sure to check the manufacturer's instructions. This is also a good time to vacuum accumulated dust from high-tech devices such as televisions, computers and DVRs.

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13. Put away unnecessary garden tools. Clean and store summer tools, making sure to drain fuel from equipment like lawn mowers and leaf blowers.

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Monthly

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1. Inspect your forced-air heating system and replace HVAC filters if necessary.

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2. Clean the garbage disposal. Vinegar ice cubes work wonders.

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3. Remove debris from sink stoppers and tub drains.

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4. Remove and clean range hood filters. Replace as needed.

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5. Inspect your fire extinguisher(s).

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6. Check all water filters, purifiers and softeners.

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7. Run the water or flush the toilet in areas that are not frequently used.

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8. Test and reset all ground fault circuit interrupters.

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9. Check visible pipes, such as those under the sink, for leaks.

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