Short Annual Home Maintenance Guide | Pip Milburn

Ok, so nobody wants to think about home maintenance and wouldn’t it be perfect if houses would look after themselves? However, that’s not the case, and there are some jobs that we need to take care of throughout the year. If you put together a plan for annual maintenance that’s spread across the year, it can be easier to keep on top of the jobs. Have a look below at some of the key home maintenance tasks you should be looking at each season. 

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Summer is a fantastic time to start focusing on the outside of your home as well as your lawn and garden. If you have a garage, it’s the perfect time of the year to be able to have it open when you are using it for a project, plus you now have the extended light hours, perfect for completing all sorts of tasks. Some essential responsibilities you can tackle in the summer months include: 

  • Bathrooms – Check for leaks, touch up the grout, tackle blocked drains, and fix any problems with water pressure. 
  • Pest Control – If you haven’t already you will notice more bugs this time of the year, so you probably won’t need to look far to see any problems. 
  • Patio – Clean and repair if needed. 
  • Garage – Give it a good clean and organise, take advantage of the longer light hours. 
  • Exterior – Check for any repairs or paintwork that needs to be touched up. 

Often seen as the in-between season where you’re mourning the loss of the summer sun when you’re just getting into the swing of it too! Unfortunately, this means that winter is on its way, so now’s the perfect time to start preparing your home for the colder months. Some of the tasks you should begin to look at include:

  • Heating – It’s a good time of the year to complete a service and a flush of your heating systems to make sure they’re working efficiently and effectively. It’s better to fix the problem now rather than when you need it. 
  • Fireplaces – Don’t forget to have these checked as part of your heating service. Get your chimney cleaned too (if you have one)
  • Windows and Doors – Make sure you check for draughts, leaks, and condensation and have these sorted before winter. 
  • Driveways and Pathways – Fix any cracks before the ice appears and makes them worst. 

Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean that there are no jobs to complete; this is the perfect time to consider updating your interior. Or just looking at organizing. Some of the areas you can look at include: 

  • Decorating – Wallpapering, painting, and updating flooring. 
  • Odd Jobs – Organise that cupboard, tighten the door handles, check your home security (carbon dioxide detector batteries, etc.)
  • Deep Clean – Look at areas such as the lime scale in the bathrooms, skirting board chips and tackle the kitchen before the Christmas dinner. 

Seen as the biggest month for home maintenance because it’s after the season you can’t do much and before the season where you want to avoid do it, a lot of people tackle a lot of tasks in this season. Some areas to consider: 

  • Drainage and Gutters – They could have gotten damaged over the winter months, clear debris and fix and leaks. 
  • Inspect the Exterior – This can be tackled in the summer but can be listed and noted in the spring.  
  • Clear the garden – now it’s warmer you can start to clear the Garden and plant new flowers. 

These are just a few things that you can look at for your annual home maintenance tasks, and there are more, do you have any to share in the comments section? 

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