If you’ve just moved into a new De Young Properties home, it’s hard to imagine anything but that shiny, perfect interior and exterior. However, as a De Young Properties homeowner, you’re going to be putting a lot of time and energy into maintaining that home. When you start considering everything that needs to be updated, cleaned, and repaired over time, it can get a little overwhelming.
But you can prepare for regular maintenance by keeping this schedule in the back of your mind (or right in your Google calendar). That way, you can tackle these tasks head on and keep your home safe and secure for many years to come. Here are a few of the most important Home Maintenance items we recommend adding into your calendar.
Check and Change HVAC System Filters
Checking your filters each month is an easy way to avoid super expensive repairs later on. Plan to go around the house checking these filters at the same time each month; you can even build it into your regular monthly chores. Be sure to clean or replace filters and all registers when they get dirty. It’s also important to inspect the air conditioner upper condensate line, as leaking indicates a clog in the lower line.
Clean Your Kitchen Range Hood
Range hood filters can get grimy. You definitely don’t want to pull yours out a few months from now and find a thick layer of grease covering it. Use a degreaser to clean it, then rinse and dry before replacing thoroughly.
Other monthly home items to maintain:
- Inspect under sinks for minor leaks
- Spray home for household pests
- Maintain all in-ground landscape drains, keeping drains free from debris
- Inspect and clean debris in bathroom faucet and shower head aerators
- Inspect caulking around sinks, tubs, toilets and shower enclosures – maintain caulking when cracking or separation occurs
- Inspect silicone around shower doors and enclosures for proper seal – repair as needed
- Inspect and clean bathroom exhaust fans
- Adjust sprinkler times as needed due to seasonal weather changes
Replace Batteries in Your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
There’s nothing more important than your family’s safety. Regularly check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they’re in working order. Once a year, replace all the batteries in those detectors. Don’t forget — plan to do this every year on the same day, like an anniversary, daylight savings, or a holiday.
Service Your HVAC System
Once a year, it’s a good idea to get your HVAC systems serviced by a professional. Clean systems are more energy-efficient, and you can stay ahead of potential issues by regularly serving these systems.
Vacuum Refrigerator Coils
You heard that right. As the fridge coils get dusty and dirty, they can suck up a ton of extra power. Keep your refrigerator running efficiently by vacuuming out all that grime.
Service and Prepare Air Conditioner (in the Spring)
You’ll want to prepare your air conditioner before the hot weather rolls in. We recommend calling in a professional to service your air conditioner and get it ready for summer.
Turn Off Outdoor Faucets, Unhook Hoses (in the Fall)
Prepare for colder weather by turning off your outdoor faucets and flushing them, and doing the same to your hoses. Unhook them and store them until the Spring.
Rinnai Tankless Water Heater
If you have a Rinnai Tankless Water Heater in your De Young home, it’s important to have your tankless water heater flushed by a certified technician annually. Set a reminder in your phone so you don’t forget to service this yearly!
Rheem Heat Pump Water Heater
If you have a Rheem Heat Pump Water Heater in your De Young home, it’s important to have your water heater serviced by a certified technician annually. Set a reminder in your phone so you don’t forget to service this yearly!
Concrete Tile Roof
Have your roof system serviced by a manufacturer authorized licensed contractor to remove any debris and to inspect/maintain all roof jacks, flashing and valleys. This would be another maintenance task to remember to service annually.
There are other tasks you’ll want to do on a semi-regular basis to keep your home exterior maintained, like cleaning out your gutters in the Spring or cleaning out window wells in the summer. But the list above of monthly, quarterly and yearly tasks are the most important ones to keep in mind to make sure you’re keeping your home up to date. With regular checks and repairs, you’ll be able to live in a safe and secure home for years to come.