The Frugal Homeowner’s Guide to Maintenance

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Just as the joys of home ownership appear in ways large and small, so do home maintenance needs and expenses.

In honor of Homeownership Month, here are do-it-yourself ways to tackle that to-do list on a budget:

 

Spring/Summer Checklist

  • Clean out gutters and downspouts.
  • Clear yard of downed tree branches and debris.
  • Check roof for possible damage caused by snow and ice during the winter.
  • Thoroughly check siding for any damage caused during the winter
  • Trim back tree branches and shrubs that are too close to the house.
  • Inspect basement and/or crawl space walls for potential leaking.
  • Inspect water supply lines and valves to sinks/toilets for any leaks.
  • Check pipes and drains for water leakage.
  • Inspect driveway, sidewalk, patio, etc. for cracks and signs of deterioration.
  • Service air conditioner to ensure proper operation during summer months.
  • Caulk exterior joints around windows and doors.
  • Check windows and doors for smooth operation. Clean/lubricate as necessary.
  • Test smoke detectors and Carbon Monoxide detectors. Replace batteries if necessary.
  • Install a screen over chimney to help keep out debris when not in use. (remember to utilize proper safety protocol when on the roof – hire a professional if you are uncomfortable with this task)
  • Clean lint from clothes dryer vent.
  • Check operation of attic fans/turbine-vents.
  • Clean and seal decks.
  • Inspect/install automatic-light timers and motion detectors to deter burglars.

Fall/Winter Checklist

  • Inspect roof coverings, flashings, and chimney. Weatherproof as needed.
  • Check windows and doors for cracks and gaps. Fill as needed with appropriate insulation and/or caulk.
  • Caulk exterior joints around windows and doors.
  • Thoroughly check siding for any damage caused during summer months.
  • Winterize your air conditioner and remove any debris that may have accumulated (fall leaves, etc.)
  • Clean out gutters and downspouts.
  • Inspect water supply lines and valves to sinks and toilets for any leaks.
  • Check pipes and drains for water leakage.
  • Clean or replace furnace and humidifier filters.
  • Make sure your home is properly insulated. Consider signing up for a free energy audit through your utility provider.
  • Check windows and doors for smooth operation. Clean/lubricate if necessary.
  • Test smoke detectors and replace batteries if necessary. (If you live in Sioux Falls, here’s how to get free smoke detectors!)
  • Prepare all necessary snow removal equipment. Give snow blower a complete tune-up.
  • Inspect snow load on roof. Remove snow/ice wherever there is excessive build up.
  • Check attic for leaks and make sure vents are not obstructed.
  • Properly clean and salt/sand driveways and sidewalks to prevent hazardous conditions.

If you’re not yet a homeowner, but are considering taking the plunge – sign up for our Homebuyer Express seminar series. Visit www.Homebuyer.LssSD.org to learn more. Classes are free, easy, and a whole lot of fun!

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