Home Maintenance Reminders for Homeowners

Home Maintenance Reminders for Homeowners

Whether you've just bought that first house, or have been a homeowner for many years, there are some  household tasks that shouldn't be overlooked just because they aren't urgent.

We've seen squirrels actively preparing for winter, and now that we've had our first chilly days here in San Mateo County and the Silicon Valley, it's time for us to do to same.

Here's a list of some important tasks that shouldn't be overlooked:

  • change batteries in all smoke detectors
  • put fresh batteries in your flashlights
  • change/wash all filters -- aerators on faucets, kitchen fan filters,
    furnace filters (check furnace filters monthly during heating season)
  • inspect your household emergency kit (you do have one, right?) and refresh the supplies -- don't forget pet and baby supplies, too, as well as medicine)
  • inspect your garage door -- tighten nuts that might have worked loose, make certain the automatic sensors are positioned and work properly
  • clear leaves and debris from gutters
  • check downspouts to be certain they aren't clogged, and water can flow freely away from the house
  • inspect your fireplace and have your chimney cleaned if you use a wood-burning stove
  • check for needed touch ups to caulking on exterior siding and around bathtubs inside
  • have your furnace checked and serviced
  • walk around your home, checking for and removing overgrown shrubs, tree limbs touching the roof, etc.

After attending to tasks like these,  you can sit back and enjoy the chilly evenings and our occasional rain storm, knowing your home is, indeed, a haven.

--- Come for a visit; Stay for a lifetime!

Lottie Kendall, Realtor®

Pacific Union International

CA DRE#10215160; 650-465-4547

Lottie@LottieKendall.com

www.LottieKendall.com

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Comment balloon 20 commentsLottie Kendall • October 21 2010 11:17AM

Comments

Great list!  If homeowners followed this list yearly, we wouldn't run into nearly so much deferred maintenance!  We are definitely awaiting some chilly evenings here!

Posted by Cara Marcelle Mancuso, Call a Marana neighbor, I'm THERE! LONG REALTY (Long Realty - Dove Mountain, Marana AZ) almost 8 years ago

Lottie,  greta little to do list!  Reminds me that it's time to call the chimney sweep!

 

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

We should all do a little maintenance when the seasons change. If you keep it up there won't be a major push if you decide to sell.

Posted by Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) almost 8 years ago

Excellent reminders for homeowners Lottie................a few things I have to put into play as a property manager too.............thanks so much.

Posted by Roger D. Mucci, Lets shake things up at your home today! (Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092) almost 8 years ago

Hi Cara - it's too easy to ignore important but not urgent tasks. We're working on a lot of these this week--exterior of house being painted as I write!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) almost 8 years ago

Pat, I really should do that, too, but I stopped using the fireplace about 20 years ago. The nights when a fire would be delightful are usually nights with an inversion layer, so fires are banned. Oh well. A clean chimney and firebox would be a nice treat regardless.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) almost 8 years ago

Right, Janice. You know the saying, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure."

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) almost 8 years ago

Hi Roger - we're having the exterior of our house painted this week, so some of those tasks (pruning foliage away from house; caulking around windows) is underway, and that spurs me on the tackling the interior items.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) almost 8 years ago

Great list, Lottie!    I am a bug a boo about the gutters and downspouts, and glad you included these.   Gotta go get to mine ...

Posted by Dagny Eason, Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo (Dagny's Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Lottie, this is a good list.  Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Menlo Park Real Estate and Homes for Sale, WendeByTheBay.com - 650.504.0219 - SF Peninsula (Wende Schoof) almost 8 years ago

Very helpful list.  Especially, at least for me, the reminder to check the garage door sensors.  Don't know how, but those darn things always seem to be 'off' when it's ugly and rainy and I don't want to get out of the car!

Posted by Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) almost 8 years ago

Every homeowner should go throug this list and make sure that they covered these things..

Great list.

 

Posted by 1 ~Judi & Don Barrett & Chassy Eastep - Integrity, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) almost 8 years ago

Dagny - our first rain is just around the corner--time to tackle those gutters!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) almost 8 years ago

Hi there, Wendy. How are you doing? Nice to find you here. Glad you found the list of value.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) almost 8 years ago

Tish, I rarely think of my garage door--until it doesn't work, that is.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) almost 8 years ago

Hi Judi -- there's probably a zillion other things that could be added, but it's a start.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) almost 8 years ago

Good morning Lottie,

Thanks for the tips, but I think I will have to find a handyman as my hubby is always too busy to get the ladder out to clean the gutters.  Oh well.  There is always tomorrow.

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Mary, you're not alone in getting others to help. The important thing is not to forget to monitor and take care of our properties, one way or the other. Have a great day!

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) almost 8 years ago

Lottie

Homes are just like us....we wear out faster than we expect. Gotta maintain both.These are some great basic reminders you have posted,

Posted by Trey Thurmond, College Station , Texas Homes (BCR Realtors) almost 8 years ago

Trey, how right you are! Maintenance is important for both.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Serving San Francisco and the Silicon Valley (Pacific Union International) almost 8 years ago

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