A Comprehensive Yearly Home Maintenance Checklist for Every Homeowner

yearly home maintenance checklist

As home cleaning experts here at DLL Cleaning Services, we try to help our clients outside of just cleaning. Home maintenance is an area of homeownership that many people tend to slack off on, just like cleaning. When we clean our clients’ homes, we see these areas and will notify them if we think there are any problems. 

But what if you had a yearly home maintenance checklist that could guide you in checking on things throughout the year? That’s where our client solutions come in to save the day. 

We’ve created a general yearly home maintenance checklist for every homeowner out there looking to get on track with their home’s needs. There are so many benefits of keeping up your home — from increased value, better perception, more comfortability, and, the most important benefit, saving money. 

The easiest way to perform your checklist is to complete things by season — that way, it’s spread out and easier to handle. 

Spring Season

For many people, springtime is an invitation to clean everything out — out with the old and in with the new! Both the interior and exterior of your home have probably taken a beating, which has led to a buildup of dirt, grime, and bacteria. 

So, as you’re going through old clothes and deep cleaning your house, try to complete these items as well to ensure your home is up to date and functionally well after winter. 

  • Inspect windows and have them replaced accordingly, including the window screens.
  • Clean out gutters. 
  • Wash and reseal your deck for upcoming outdoor events. 
  • Inspect the roof for any damage.
  • Replace any loose siding on the outside of your home.
  • Drain sediment from out of the tank and steam heating system.
  • Reseed areas of your lawn that will need a little help to regrow.
  • Make sure your sump pump is working properly.

If you want to make your life a little easier during this part of your annual home maintenance checklist, consider hiring professional cleaning services to help out with the process. This can free up your time to focus on the tasks listed above. 

Summer Season

Of course, summer should be a time to focus on fun, family, and lots of time in the sun. However, in order to stay on top of your home maintenance, it’s important you at least check off a few home maintenance items. 

Some of the items that should be on your summer checklist include:

  • Deep clean carpets, hardwood floors, and upholstery.
  • Inspect the interior and exterior for signs of insects.
  • Prune bunches, flowers, and trees.
  • Check the crawl space and basement for any water damage.
  • Clean the inside and outside of all appliances.
  • Remove lint from washer hoses and dryer vents.
  • Oil all hinges, including the garage door and garage door opener.

The beginning of summer is also a great time to have your pool checked, cleaned, and updated as needed. Chances are, it was closed all winter and will need some cleanup before it can open for the summer. 

Fall Season

Fall is the perfect weather to put some real work into your home both inside and out, which is why our checklist examples for this season are longer. If you get the whole family involved, you can knock out a good portion of your checklist in just a day! 

  • Rake leaves and aerate your lawn.
  • Prune bushes, flowers, and trees.
  • Clean out the chimney every year if it’s wood-burning.
  • Install storm windows. 
  • Turn off the outdoor water supply and store away hoses. 
  • Power wash windows and siding (make sure it won’t damage them first!). 
  • Replace old windows and broken shingles on the roof.
  • Insulate any exposed pipes. 
  • Check and repair weather stripping on windows and doors.
  • Drain and winterize the exterior plumbing.
  • Mend cracks and gaps in driveway and walkways. 

The whole idea behind your fall checklist should be to clean up and prepare your home for winter, as it can be hard to complete certain tasks when it’s cold. 

Winter Season 

Your winter checklist will probably be quite a bit shorter than the other seasons, and that’s okay! The cold usually keeps everyone inside, so do the best you can with what you have. Some of the items you can complete in winter can include:

  • Check pipes, hoses, and water faucets for leaks or drips.
  • Clean out the gutters.
  • Change the direction of your ceiling fans. 
  • Test your sump pump function again.
  • Cover your air conditioning unit if needed.
  • Clean drains in sinks, tubs, showers, and dishwashers. 
  • Regrout any tile in the bathroom and kitchen.

Consistency is Key

The only way to really upkeep our home and keep everything clean is to stay as consistent as possible. By sipping a season or not taking the time to do one or two tasks, you can be leading yourself down a bad path that involves lots of money down the drain. 

Luckily, one easy way you can help complete some of the tasks in each season is by hiring professional house cleaning from DLL Cleaning Services that is affordable and efficient. Our wide service area allows us to serve a range of clients in various types of homes, from residential properties to apartments and condos

If you need an apartment cleaning service, condo cleaning service, or house cleaning service to help with your yearly home maintenance checklist, reach out to us today to schedule your first service. Ask our current and past clients — you can’t go wrong with DLL Cleaning Services.