8 things homeowners need to do at least once a year

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Owning a home is about a lot more than just making the mortgage payments, paying the property taxes and keeping it clean and tidy. It’s about maintaining your home, too.

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Trying to take it on all at once can feel more than daunting — it can be downright impossible. That’s why breaking down your annual upkeep tasks into seasonal projects can help. By breaking your projects down into smaller pieces, you will give yourself more time to save for repairs or pay off your credit cards so you don’t go into debt. (To see how your spending habits are affecting your credit, you can see two of your credit scores for free, updated each month, on Credit.com.)

Here are 8 things homeowners might forget to do around the house. But if you do them, it can help keep your castle in tip-top shape and may even save you money in the long run.

8 annual tasks to keep your home in tip-top shape

Tasks for spring

Everyone’s heard of spring cleaning, that effort to dust away the cobwebs and mustiness of winter and prepare your home for the warmer, sunnier days to come. But spring is also the time to repair any issues caused by Old Man Winter and make sure your home is ready to withstand any spring and summer storms.

1. Do a general walk-around

How is the exterior of your home holding up? Do you need to do any spot painting? Repair any shingles or bricks? Are the eaves and flashing in good repair? How is your roof holding up? Are there any cracks in the foundation? Make note of any necessary fixes and add them to your warm weather to-do list.

2. Check your drains & gutters

As the winter snow begins to melt, it’s a good time to check the drainage around your home. If you have puddles standing anywhere near your foundation for more than 24 hours, it could indicate another issue.

Start by checking your gutters for stoppages, leaks or loose connections. If all’s well there, it could be a grading problem. You can try regarding or putting in French drains. If it’s really bad, you might want to consider hiring a professional to come out and assess the situation.

You’ll want to check your gutters anyway, as well. There can be all kinds of gunk up there after the fall and winter, and you’ll want a nice, clean system that can handle the spring rains.

Tasks for summer

Who wants to work? The days are long and sunny, and it’s time for getting together with family and friends to enjoy cookouts and holiday celebrations. Here are some of the things you can do to enjoy the season to its fullest and make sure your home is well tended for the festivities.


3. Clean & repair your deck or patio

This is where you’ll spend a ton of time this summer, so get it ready. Does it need a power wash? Re-staining? Just a good cleaning? If your deck has nails, are any popping out and need to be replaced? If so, consider using screws instead.

4. Repair any potential plumbing problems

Have a drippy faucet or a toilet that hangs? Now’s a good time to quickly inspect your home’s plumbing and fix small issues before they turn into big ones.

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Tasks for fall

As the days grow shorter, now’s the time to focus on getting your home ready to withstand the chill of winter and ensure you’re comfortable all through the season.

5. Have your furnace inspected

It’s a good idea to service and inspect your furnace every year, just like your air conditioning. This is also a good time to check and replace any weather stripping.

6. Have your chimney cleaned

Some people like to clean their chimney in the spring after a season of use. Others prefer to do it in the fall. Either way, if you have a chimney, it’s a good idea to have it cleaned once a year.

Tasks for winter

It’s the season to bundle up with a good book and some tea in front of the fire. In order to make sure your home stays in proper working order, it’s also the time to attend to some of the small and easily overlooked issues that become annoyances if not properly maintained.

7. Clean your basement & attic

Just like your garage in summer, now is the time to make sure your interior spaces are clear. Get rid of any items you haven’t used in a while, do a thorough cleaning and do any necessary repainting.

8. Reorganize & clean out closets

Same goes for these smaller spaces. Go ahead and go through and get rid of anything you haven’t worn in a year. Check shelves and rods to make sure none are coming lose. Do you need new hangers? What about any organizing items?

You can find a complete list of things homeowners forget to do once a year on Credit.com. 


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