Ultimate Home Maintenance Calendar

Your home is a major investment, and for that reason you should do everything in your power to preserve its value into perpetuity. The simple reality is that a well maintained property is also one that’s much nicer and more comfortable to live in!

Our Home Maintenance Checklist

Regular maintenance also helps identify and remedy any problems that may exist in your home or garden before they turn into majorly expensive and time consuming headaches. The type of maintenance you do on your home varies by season, and not everything needs to be done regularly - so don’t be lazy!

Make use our home maintenance calendar to ensure you stay on top of what needs to be done in your home in the most efficient and effective way possible.

Spring

  • Winter is a harsh time on spaces like basements and attics, so in early spring check for any cracks, warping, or mould that may have occurred over the cold season. If you spot any damage, have it inspected by a professional. Reseal any cracks or spaces where the sealing has been damaged
  • Spring is a great time to get your own self organised. Throw away any old magazines, newspapers, and brochures you no longer need. File any recent receipts, warranties, and important documents and save yourself the stress when tax time comes around
  • Sort through your wardrobe and get rid of any clothing that hasn’t been worn in over a year, or no longer fits
  • Take your heavy winter blankets and sheets off the bed and store them away for next year. Prepare the bed with summer linens
  • Clean out your home thoroughly and get rid of any clutter and unused items. Then hold a garage sale! Any old or unused books, games, CDs or DVDs can be sold, and all the loose change can add up to a fair amount by the end of the day
  • Clean your curtains! This is one of the most commonly forgotten about bits of material in the home, and it needs a good clean at least once a year! Curtains do get dirty, and this can be especially irritating for allergy suffers
  • Check your home for any areas that may need repainting and plan to have them repainted before the harsh summer begins and outdoor work becomes an immense chore
  • Spring is also the best time to deal with pests before summer comes on - so call your local pest control and have your home exterminated if needed

Summer

  • When December sets in, decorate your home for Christmas! This will put you in the festive mood and create a happy environment for the upcoming month
  • Check your patio and outdoor areas for any damage or loose nails. As you’ll be using these spaces more often in summer, it’s important to ensure there’s no risk to your family or visitors
  • Towards the end of summer, check and see if the heat has caused any damage to the bricks and mortar of your home. If you spot any minor cracks or damage you can likely fix them yourself, otherwise call a professional for help
  • At the end of summer, check your attic insulation and replace or add to it if need be. Colder months are approaching and you want to ensure you stay warm

Autumn

  • If you have a large enough property then autumn is the ideal time to install an irrigation system. It requires a bit of foresight and planning for the next spring/summer season, but it’s much easier to schedule the installation at this time of year
  • At the start of the season, plant any autumn vegetables you may like to grow
  • Check that your heaters are clean and operable for winter, and schedule maintenance if not
  • If you have a wood fire heater, clean it out and have your chimney checked in preparation for winter
  • Plan one last deep clean of your home before winter to get rid of summer’s dirt and dust. Once winter sets in you won’t be opening windows as much, so dust will be less of a problem, meaning this will be the last full clean you’ll need to do before spring time
  • If you have storm windows check that they are up still up to the task, and repair or replace them if necessary. If you don’t have any, consider whether your property might benefit from having them installed
  • Take an inventory of all tools, paints, and anything else that may need to be replaced in time for spring. While maintenance tasks should be kept to a minimum in winter due to the unpleasant working conditions, you want to be ready to get cracking as soon as the warmth starts coming back
  • Before winter sets in, protect your outdoor taps from freezing by draining the water and closing off the supply valve that supplies the outdoor spigot. The costs that will be incurred if freezing damage happens makes this task well worth doing
  • This is the best time of year to fertilise your lawn as it allows plants to absorb and store the nutrients through the long, cold, winter

Winter

  • Declutter wardrobes. Separate objects that may need to be sold or thrown away from things that you would like to keep. Organise what’s left in a way so that the space is tiny, clean, and not overstuffed
  • Do a tune-up of your house. Walk around with a screwdriver and make a list of minor repairs you can do yourself over the course of a weekend. While you’re doing that make a list of any broken face plates, missing knobs, and spots that need new caulking (typically sinks and baths). Set aside time to do all of these things, and make sure you have the materials to do them
  • Plant any seeds that you intend to grow throughout the year by sticking them in cut juice containers filled with seed mix. If you have a greenhouse, store them in there
  • In the final month of the season, prepare for the reality that in spring you’re going to be spending a lot of time outdoors. If there are any major projects that need doing inside, get them done now
  • Flooring and carpet should be on sale towards the end of winter, so if you need to replace any of them, do so now!

Yearly

  • At some point in winter, plant seeds that you intend on growing through the year by sticking them in cut juice containers filled with seed mix. If you have a greenhouse keep them stored there
  • Check the carpets and flooring for any damage that needs replacing. Just like fashion, these things do go through sales cycles, so choose the sales season (typically towards the end of winter) to do any necessary shopping
  • Reorganise the pantry completely. Clear out any foods that you no longer need, wash the shelves, and replace the shelf liner
  • Organise the laundry area so that your shelves and baskets are divided into separate tasks and items. If your ironing board cover is tearing or stained then replace it. If you spot any mould then arrange to have it cleaned
  • In early spring, transpose any flowers or vegetables into the garden
  • Wax and repair any furniture that is showing signs of wear and tear. It’s best to set aside a day to do this in one go so you can easily keep track of what’s left
  • Clean the curtains! One of the most commonly forgotten about pieces of fabric in the house, curtains need a good clean at least once a year
  • Check and clean the air conditioner. They can become a health hazard if left unchecked, however once a year is sufficient to catch and address any issues before the air conditioner begins to pollute your air
  • Once a year you’ll want to have your property warded against pests, and if any have become a nuisance on your property, have them exterminated
  • Check your fences. If there is any damage, have it repaired to protect your property from pests and trespassers
  • If you have a septic tank then you’ll need it pumped at least once a year. The reasons for this are obvious!

Biannually

  • If you have any artwork hanging in your home, pull it down and clean the glass and frames. These often get dirty without people even noticing
  • Take indoor plants outside and give them a good clean and dust
  • Scrub the oven clean to remove the buildup of grime and oils
  • Defrost your fridge and freezer completely (if you have an older model this may need to be done more than biannually). While you’re at it, give the fridge a thorough clean
  • Check your sprinkler systems. These are prone to damage or fault when left idle (and you’ll certainly hope they’re left idle). You should keep a regular eye on the sprinklers so that in the event of a disaster they can do their job
  • Hire a dumpster to cart off any large pieces of rubbish. You don’t want to have a significant number of rubbish and unwanted items lying around the place. Make a regular habit of cleaning out everything you don’t need, and throw it out
  • Cut back any plant branches or roots that may be impacting on your property
  • Check outdoor play equipment for damage or wear, and replace or remove as appropriate. Do this twice a year to ensure that children are not exposed to danger
  • Check the driveway to see if it needs patching, and fill in any damage with gravel. You don’t want to risk damaging your car from a driveway, after all
  • Drain the hot water system, flush, and refill it. Do this twice a year to identify any problems with the heater and ensure the quality of the water that passes through

Quarterly

  • Declutter wardrobes at the end of every season. Separate objects that need to be sold or thrown away from those you’d like to keep. Organise what’s left so that the leftover space is clean, tidy, and not overstuffed with clothing
  • Wash the windows. Dirt is going to build up throughout the year, so going through the house and washing all your windows each quarter will keep them clean and shiny
  • Wash floors and carpeted areas to give them a thorough clean
  • Dust and vacuum all walls and ceilings. In the kitchen, pay special attention to the cooking area, which can become especially dirty
  • Clean gutters of any debris or flammable material such as dead leaves. Ensure you do this at least once right before the summer season, and once during, to minimise the risk of fire damage to your property
  • Go through the garden and remove dead plants and debris in order to protect other plants on the property and minimise fire hazards

Monthly

  • Check smoke alarms. You may not need to legally have them checked this often, but for your own safety and peace of mind, it’s best to make a monthly habit of checking the batteries
  • Check locks on all the doors, and if any need maintenance or repair, have it done immediately. The last thing you want to be doing is giving robbers easy access to your home or risking having someone be locked into the bathroom
  • Give all carpets a proper, deep vacuum to prevent the buildup of dust and allergens
  • Dust all the objects in the house - tables, bookcases, shelves, appliances - the lot
  • Ensure that all plants on your property are getting the water they need, and if not, bring this to your attention and attempt to remedy the situation in the future
  • Wash your car down to remove any dirt
  • Check any water purifiers and filters, and replace as necessary to ensure that your drinking water remains safe for human consumption
  • Check any air purifiers you may have and replace the filters for these as well in order to prevent them causing more harm than if they weren’t operating at all
  • Check visible pipes for leaks, and seal where necessary. Leaky pipes can become very expensive on the water bill, and should the leak turn into something worse it’ll be even more expensive to replace
  • Inspect any fire extinguishers you may have in the home. Your insurance policy will not cover a faulty fire extinguisher, so ensure it’s always able to do the job it’s meant to
  • If you have a toilet or shower that’s not used often, activate the pipes and flush the toilet at least once a month to prevent any clogs of degradation

Kitchen

  • Give the kitchen walls and ceilings a regular, thorough wash and clean. Cooking areas can lead to significant dirt and grime accumulating on the walls and ceiling, which can be both unpleasant and unhealthy
  • Regularly scour the sink to remove dirt and grim
  • Clean the exhaust fan above your stove. This will get very dirty very quickly due to its use for cooking, so to preserve your cooktop ensure you keep the fan as clean as possible
  • Clean out the pantry every once in awhile to remove expired food. Give the liners on the pantry shelves a good cleaning or replacement whenever required
  • Clean out the fridge and defrost your freezer regularly. Remove all food, clean, and throw out anything that is old
  • Check all pipes under the kitchen sink regularly for signs of leaks or wear. The last thing you want to come home to is a kitchen flood thanks to a burst pipe
  • Regularly check that your smoke alarm and sprinklers are in working order. The most likely place for a fire to occur is in the kitchen, after all

Bedroom

  • Regularly wash your sheets and clean carpets to keep dust and other allergens out of your bedroom
  • If you have an air filter in your bedroom, check and replace it once a month to ensure that it is doing its job without spilling pollutants back out into the atmosphere
  • Once a season, go through your wardrobe and remove any clothing that is no longer relevant to you or no longer fits. Even the largest of closets can become unwieldy and cluttered if you don’t cull your older fashion every now and then, so ensure you take some time out once a quarter to rifle through your wardrobe and organise the space
  • Once every six months or so, treat your carpets to a deep shampoo and clean to remove the things that a standard vacuum can’t get to

Bathroom

  • Regularly check the caulking throughout the bathroom, and repair where necessary. Caulking that has worn away can expose the building to moisture damage, mould, and the like, so this is critical to keep an eye on
  • Keep an eye out for any signs of mould growing on the walls, ceilings, and tiles. If you spot any signs, remove immediately as it will only get worse
  • Check all visible pipes for signs of wear, damage, or leaks. Burst pipes in the bathroom can cause incredible damage and be very expensive, so this is something you want to catch and resolve before it becomes an issue
  • Check the fans for allergens and pollutants. Fans in the bathroom are important as they reduce moisture buildup, but they can become dirty and a health hazard of their own, so make a habit of cleaning them regularly
  • Check the lock on your bathroom window. Metal has a habit of growing rust in bathrooms, and a rusty lock is easy access into your home. Make a habit of making sure that the bathroom window lock is fully functional

Outdoors

  • Plant seeds for year-long growth during winter. Use a greenhouse if you have one, and plant them in a juice container that has been cut in half and filled with seed mix
  • The time to reseed and top dress the lawn is in early spring. After that, allow the grass to grow to ten centimetres in height, and don’t cut it too low from there
  • In early spring, transpose any flowers or vegetables into the garden
  • Regularly check your property for branches or roots that may be impacting on the building, and cut them back or remove the plant as needed
  • Once a year, check any outdoor play equipment you may have for signs of damage, and remove or replace as needed. Outdoor equipment weathers, and you don’t want to risk an accident to your children
  • Regularly clear your gutters of any debris or flammable material such as dead leaves. Ensure you do this at least once before the start of summer, and once during, to minimise the risk of fire damage occurring
  • Clean and oil the lawn mower once a year in order to ensure that it continues to do its job throughout the year

General

  • Check the basement in spring. Any damage done over winter will manifest as cracks, warping, or mould. If you spot any damage, have a professional check it out. Identify any spots that may not be properly sealed and have them sealed
  • Keep windows clean by washing them once a quarter or so. Clean windows allow for better natural light and warmth, and are more pleasing on the eye than smudgy ones
  • Keep an eye on the gutters for debris, and regularly remove it to prevent against fire danger
  • Regularly check smoke alarms and sprinklers to ensure they are up to the task in the event of a disaster
  • Once a year, check that your air conditioner is clean and hasn’t turned into a health hazard. Likewise, ensure that all heaters are in working order and not at risk of fire.