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Suzanne Retter Broker
Royal Heritage Realty Ltd., Brokerage
Office: 905-723-4800Mobile: 905-426-0365

Home Maintenance Schedule

Regular Maintenance Is the Key

Inspecting your home on a regular basis and following good maintenance practices is the best way to protect your investment in your home. Whether you take care of a few tasks at a time or several all at once, it is important to get into the habit of doing them. Establish a routine for yourself and you will find the work is easy to accomplish and not very time consuming. A regular schedule of seasonal maintenance can put a stop to the most common - and costly - problems, before they occur. If necessary, use a camera to take pictures of anything you might want to share with an expert for advice or to monitor or remind you of a situation later.

By following the information noted here, you will learn about protecting your investment and how to help keep your home a safe and healthy place to live.

If you do not feel comfortable performing some of the home maintenance tasks listed below, or do not have the necessary equipment, for example a ladder, you may want to consider hiring a qualified handy person to help you.

Seasonal Home Maintenance
 

Most home maintenance activities are seasonal. Fall is the time to get your home ready for the coming winter, which can be the most grueling season for your home. During winter months, it is important to follow routine maintenance procedures, by checking your home carefully for any problems arising and taking corrective action as soon as possible. Spring is the time to assess winter damage, start repairs and prepare for warmer months. Over the summer, there are a number of indoor and outdoor maintenance tasks to look after, such as repairing walkways and steps, painting and checking your chimney and roof.

While most maintenance is seasonal, there are some things you should do on a frequent basis year round:

  • Make sure air vents indoors and outdoors (intake, exhaust and forced air) are not blocked by snow or debris.
  • Check and clean range hood filters on a monthly basis.
  • Test the ground fault circuit interrupter(s) monthly by pushing the test button, which should then cause the reset button to pop up.
  • If there are young children in the house, make sure electrical outlets are equipped with safety plugs.
  • Regularly check the house for safety hazards such as a loose handrail, lifting or buckling carpet, etc.

Timing of the seasons varies not only from one area of Canada to another, but also from year to year in a given area. For this reason, we have not identified the months for each season. The maintenance schedule presented here, instead, is a general guide for you to follow.The actual timing is left for you to decide, and you may want to further divide the list of items for each season into months.

Winter 

  • Check and clean or replace furnace air filters each month during the heating season.Ventilation system, such as heat recovery ventilator, filters should be checked every two months. 
     
  • After consulting your hot water tank owner's manual, drain off a dishpan full of water from the clean-out valve at the bottom of your hot water tank to control sediment and maintain efficiency. 
     
  • Clean humidifier two or three times during the winter season. 
     
  • Vacuum bathroom fan grille. 
     
  • Vacuum fire and smoke detectors, as dust or spider webs can prevent them from functioning. 
     
  • Vacuum radiator grilles on back of refrigerators and freezers, and empty and clean drip trays. 
     
  • Check gauge on all fire extinguishers; recharge or replace if necessary. 
     
  • Check fire escape routes, door and window locks and hardware, and lighting around outside of house; ensure family has good security habits. 
     
  • Check the basement floor drain to ensure the trap contains water. Refill with water if necessary. 
     
  • Monitor your home for excessive moisture levels-for example, condensation on your windows, which can cause significant damage over time and pose serious health problems-and take corrective action. Refer to the About Your House factsheet Measuring Humidity in Your Home. 
     
  • Check all faucets for signs of dripping and change washers as needed. Faucets requiring frequent replacement of washers may be in need of repair. 
     
  • If you have a plumbing fixture that is not used frequently, such as a laundry tub or spare bathroom sink, tub or shower stall, run some water briefly to keep water in the trap. 
     
  • Clean drains in dishwasher, sinks, bathtubs and shower stalls. 
     
  • Test plumbing shut-off valves to ensure they are working and to prevent them from seizing. 
     
  • Examine windows and doors for ice accumulation or cold air leaks. If found, make a note to repair or replace in the spring. 
     
  • Examine attic for frost accumulation. Check roof for ice dams or icicles. If there is excessive frost or staining of the underside of the roof, or ice dams on the roof surface, consult the CMHC About Your House factsheet Attic Venting, Attic Moisture and Ice Dams for advice. 
     
  • Check electrical cords, plugs and outlets for all indoor and outdoor seasonal lights to ensure fire safety: if worn, or if plugs or cords feel warm to the touch, replace immediately.

 

 

Royal Heritage Realty Ltd., Brokerage
501 BROCK STREET SOUTH
Whitby, ON   L1N 4K8

Office: 905-723-4800Mobile: 905-426-0365

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Toronto Real Estate Board - IDX Last Updated: 10/22/2017 9:24:43 PM