End-of-Year Home Maintenance Checklist

As we bid farewell to another year and prepare to welcome the new one, it's the perfect time to give your home a thorough check-up. Regular maintenance not only keeps your home looking and functioning its best but also prevents minor issues from turning into costly repairs. Here’s TruBlue’s comprehensive end-of-year home maintenance checklist to help you get started.

1. Inspect Your Heating System

Nothing is more crucial in the winter months than a well-functioning heating system. Have a professional inspect and service your furnace or heating system to ensure it runs efficiently and safely. Remember to replace or clean the filters too!

2. Check for Drafts

Inspect windows and doors for drafts, as cold air seeping in can significantly increase your heating costs. Use weather stripping or caulking to seal any gaps. If your windows are old, it might be time to consider upgrading to energy-efficient models.

3. Clean the Gutters

Fallen leaves and debris can clog your gutters and lead to water damage. Ensure your gutters are clean and water can flow freely. Also, check that downspouts are directing water away from your home’s foundation.

4. Roof Inspection

Check your roof for damaged or missing shingles and repair as needed to prevent leaks. Look for signs of wear around the chimney and inspect the flashing to ensure it’s sealed properly.

5. Safety Equipment Check

Test and replace the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors. Ensure your fire extinguisher is in good working order and not expired. These simple steps are crucial for your family’s safety.

6. Examine Your Plumbing

Protect your pipes from freezing and bursting in cold temperatures by insulating exposed piping. Also, know how to shut off your water in case of a pipe burst emergency.

7. Prepare for Emergencies

Winter storms can lead to power outages. Ensure you have an emergency kit with essentials like flashlights, batteries, blankets, and a first-aid kit. Also, consider a backup power source like a generator.

8. Deck and Patio Care

If you’re in a region with heavy snow, it’s important to protect your deck and patio. Clean and store outdoor furniture and grills in a dry place. Apply a fresh sealant to your deck if needed to protect against moisture.

9. Pest Prevention

As the weather gets colder, pests like mice and rats look for warm places. Seal any small holes or cracks to prevent them from getting into your home.

10. Inspect Your Insulation

Good insulation keeps your home warm and reduces heating costs. Check your attic, basement, and crawl spaces to make sure your insulation is in good shape.

Remember, regular maintenance not only keeps your home safe and comfortable but also enhances its long-term value. If you need help with any of these tasks, TruBlue’s skilled professionals are here to assist. Let’s welcome the new year with a well-maintained, safe, and cozy home!