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While this checklist should not be considered a complete list of your home’s maintenance needs, it can serve as a general seasonal guide to maintaining your property throughout the year. It's applicable for all climates, so please share it with friends and family members who you think could benefit, no matter where their home is located.

SPRING

SUMMER

FALL

WINTER

After a long, cold winter, many of us look forward to a fresh start in the spring. Wash away the winter grime, open the windows, and prepare your home for warmer weather and backyard barbecues.

Summer is generally the time to relax and enjoy your home, but a little time devoted to maintenance will help ensure it looks great and runs efficiently throughout the season.

Fall ushers in another busy season of home maintenance as you prepare your home for the winter weather ahead.

While it can be tempting to ignore home maintenance issues in the winter, snow and freezing temperatures can do major damage if left untreated. Follow these steps to ensure your house survives the winter months.

Inside

Inside

Inside

Inside

Cleaning • Shut Down Heating System • Tune Up A/C • Check Plumbing • Inspect Smoke Alarm & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

• Conduct Annual Spring

• Clean A/C Filters • Clear Dryer Vent • Check Weather Stripping

• Have Heater Serviced

• Shut Down A/C for the Winter • Inspect Chimney • Seal Windows and Doors • Check Smoke Alarm & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

• Maintain Heating System • Tune Up Generator • Prevent Frozen Pipes

Outside

Outside

Outside

Outside

• Clean Home’s Exterior • Clean Gutters and Downspouts • Apply a Pre-Emergent Herbicide • Inspect Sprinkler System • Seed or Sod Lawn • Plant Flowers and Mulch Beds • Fertilize Lawn • Tune Up Lawn Mower • Check the Deck • Prepare Pool • Rake Leaves

• Water Early in the Morning • Weed Weekly • Exterminate Pests

Shrubs • Rake or Mow Leaves • Apply Fall Fertilizer • Inspect Gutters and Roof • Shut Down Sprinkler System • Close Pool

Faucets • Remove Window Screens • Service Snowblower • Stock Up on Ice Melt • Watch Out for Ice Dams • Check for Snow Buildup on Trees

• Inspect Perimeter of Home

• Adjust Ceiling Fans

• Mow Lawn Regularly

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• Plant Fall Flowers, Grass &

• Drain and Shut Off Outdoor

Bob Douglas, Broker Associate Kim Douglas, RSPS, CRS FlaProperty@gmail.com Direct 850-596-4714 https://www.liveatthegulfcoast.com

House Care Calendar  

A seasonal guide to maintaining your home

House Care Calendar  

A seasonal guide to maintaining your home

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