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Traci Whitley By Traci Whitley • December 29, 2017

Annual Indoor Checklist

Prevent minor problems from becoming BIG ones!

Every homeowner knows that regular maintenance is required to keep your home looking it’s best. At least once a year, set aside a few days to make minor repairs and hire a professional to help with the rest. Common room-by-room checkpoints:

Kitchen

  • Make sure the water filter in the refrigerator has been changed recently
  • Test drawers to make sure they slide properly
  • Test all burners on the stove
  • Make sure you know where the fire extinguisher is (and how to operate it) in case of an emergency

Bathroom

  • Repair any cracked tiles or leaks from the faucets or toilets
  • Examine vents for clogs and take a look at piping under all the sinks for signs of corrosion or leaks

Attic/ Garage

  • Make sure that the garage door(s) work properly.
  • Tidy up dangerous tools and chemicals to keep them out of children’s reach
  • Check the attic for signs of a leaky roof, damp spots on insulation, and signs of animal activity

Laundry Room

  • Check the washer and dryer hoses and connections for signs of excessive wear and tear. It might be time to replace them!

Throughout

  • Test all CO2 and smoke detectors and replace batteries
  • Check doors for sticking
  • Check for loose knobs and handles
  • Check walls and floors for any nail pops
  • Make sure the ceiling fans are secure! All the jiggling from use tends to loosen them over time.
  • Check all outlets using an electrical tester (or lamp) to make sure they all work.
  • Make sure all return air filters have been changed recently.

Making sure your home is in good working order is a smart move and can save you hundreds -- or even thousands -- of dollars over time (not to mention the stress of an emergency repair!) Protect your investment and check your home annually.