If you struggle to remember when to do certain maintenance chores in your home, this home maintenance checklist printable is for you. This article will provide you with monthly and seasonal home maintenance checklists. You can grab a handy printable of a seasonal cleaning checklist template at the end of the post.
Keeping up with the maintenance of a home is daunting and exhausting. However, a home’s upkeep is important and necessary to prevent breakdowns, which will save you money in the long run.
With this home maintenance checklist printable, your home will be in ship shape year-round. This is a free printable cleaning schedule template for all seasons!
Checking up monthly and seasonally on things like your home’s appearance (interior and exterior) as well as the electric, plumbing, cooling, and heating systems will keep the bones of your home in good shape. Likewise, the maintenance of household appliances is essential, too, as they are the motor of our homes. Devices like washers and dryers, refrigerators, ranges, ovens, and microwaves, to name a few, need to be cleaned and maintained regularly.
I have created this free cleaning checklist template for you to use as a guide.
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Home Maintenance Checklist Printable
Nowadays, our lives are busier than ever before. It certainly seems like a month goes by in a blink of an eye. As a result, you say, ‘… but, I JUST cleaned that, not too long ago!’ You need this checklist template. Consider this your cleaning tracker and cheat sheet.
Below you will find a list of maintenance chores categorized by monthly chores, followed by seasonal (winter, spring, summer, and fall) chores. Most importantly, you can download the printable version using the form at the end of this post.
If any of these maintenance jobs require further action or the repairs are beyond your skill level, hire a professional.
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Monthly Home Maintenance Checklist
- Perform maintenance to your home’s HVAC system (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning). Clean or replace air filters and vacuum air vents if there is dust build-up.
- Dust and clean crown moldings, fans, and light fixtures. I recommend this duster with an extendable handle.
- Deep clean the dishwasher. I use this product; it leaves our dishwasher sparkly clean and odorless.
- Dust and clean blinds, curtains, and any other window treatment. An extra-large lint roller is ideal for a quick but effective clean of dust on curtains and upholstery.
- Clean the garbage disposal. I like to do this more than once a month. I use this product, but you can also do a homemade and natural clean by grinding ice cubes and flushing the drain with a mixture of white vinegar and baking soda while running a stream of hot water.
- Inspect and test fire alarms, smoke detectors, and fire extinguishers. Whenever possible, upgrade to a smart smoke detector system. Learn more about how to keep your home safe from a fire, and deadly carbon monoxide with these tips.
Winter Home Maintenance Checklist
During the winter months, your home is more prone to damage. The very low temperatures can freeze water pipes, and severe weather, including snowstorms, can cause trees to fall, leading to roof and siding damage.
The following home maintenance items are a must-do. Make sure to check these maintenance things off the list even before the first snow of the season falls.
- Operate your ceiling fans in the reverse direction (clockwise). Doing this redistributes trapped warm air at the ceiling, allowing you to lower the thermostat and reducing your electric bill.
- Check for leaks. These include checking the basement for any leaks during thaws in the winter. Also, check for leaks in all sinks and toilets as well as washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators, and icemakers.
- Vacuum refrigerator and freezer coils.
- Clean drip trays
- Trim trees and shrubs to ensure that heavy snow or ice does not break off limbs and branches
- Install new batteries in all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. As a suggestion, you can upgrade to a 10-year sealed battery alarm.
- Clean and store your outdoor furniture.
- Turn off outdoor water supplies to prevent leaks.
- Cover outdoor faucets with insulation.
- Verify your sump pump operation, so it’s ready for spring
- Test all GFCI outlets around your home to ensure they’re working properly, especially during the winter months.
- Cover the outdoor air conditioning unit
- Clean all exterior house vents, including heat furnace and the dryer vent. Here is how to clean the dryer vent.
Spring Home Maintenance Checklist
Spring cleaning is a household maintenance chore we all have heard about, and that is because Spring is the time of renewal. Historically, it is a time to clean all the dust and soot from using the furnaces, fireplaces, and chimneys used during the winter months.
Spring is a beautiful – and perhaps the best season- to do some maintenance chores around your home. When the snow on the ground has thawed, and the flowers and trees are sprouting. The weather is perfect to go outside and do some updates, repairs, and cleaning outside and inside your home.
- Have a professional company service your air conditioning system. This includes flushing lines, cleaning AC coils and ducts, and changing filters.
- Clean the kitchen range hood and filter.
- Inspect the chimney
- Clear gutters and downspouts from all winter debris.
- Powerwash siding, patios, windows, and exterior walls.
- Refinish your deck or patio, and bring back your outdoor furniture.
- Wash windows indoors.
- Clean and polish furniture.
- Inspect all caulking in bathrooms, sinks, and bathtubs. Recaulk if necessary.
- Uncover outdoor faucets and sprinkler heads, and turn on the water supply for all exterior faucets.
- Inspect roof and siding for any winter storm-related damage. Recaulk all masonry.
- Perform an attic walkthrough. Look for leaks, and whenever possible, hire a pest control professional for a thorough inspection and application if necessary.
Indoor home maintenance tasks are more common during the spring. If you would like to dive deep into spring cleaning, check out this article where I include a free spring cleaning checklist template.
Summer Home Maintenance Checklist
Summer is the time for outdoor gatherings and preparing the house for company. Chances are you will be hosting backyard parties, bonfires, and BBQs. A couple of weeks before Summer officially starts -and the temperatures start rising – head outdoors and tackle these few home maintenance chores.
- Cut and prune tree limbs, branches, shrubs, and bushes.
- Clean gutters to ensure they are free of debris, and the water can flow freely during the rainy season.
- Re-seal deck or patio
- Inspect, and clean firepits.
- Lube all mechanical parts such as door hinges, window locks, and garage-door chains and springs.
- Inspect BBQ grills, tools, and supplies, including propane gas tanks, to ensure they are in proper working order and ready for your next gathering.
- Indoors, operate your ceiling fans in the normal direction (counter-clockwise). Doing this creates a cooling breeze, allowing you to raise the thermostat and reduce your electric bill
- Check all railings and banisters in decks and patios to ensure they are not loose or broken.
- Towards the end of summer or early fall, seed the lawn.
Fall Home Maintenance Checklist
Your fall home maintenance checklist is mostly focused on outdoor chores. In many places, the air is crisp and dry during the fall. Take advantage of the nice weather to perform these maintenance tasks.
- Inspect and clean the humidifier, according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Inspect your roof. Look for any loose shingles or tiles, or any other damage caused during summer storms, especially if you live in a zone affected by hurricane season.
- Remove debris from gutters and downspouts.
- Rake all leaves and clear out your lawn.
- Drain the hot water heater to flush out sediments.
- Inspect your heating sources such as fireplaces, furnaces, and the HVAC system to ensure they will be working properly once the temperatures start dropping. Hire a professional if needed.
- Clean and fine-tune home appliances such as oven, freezer, and cooking and baking gadgets, to ensure they are in good working order and ready for the holidays.
- Test all smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers. This is of great importance if you have a fireplace and plan on using it when the temperatures start to drop.
- Drain and prepare all exterior plumbing for the coming winter months.
- Have a professional clean your carpets. Fall is also an ‘allergy season’. A professionally cleaned carpet helps fight allergens inside your home.
You can find all these home maintenance tips and more, in our free printable checklist.