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Annual Checklist

Attic

  • Check attic vents to ensure that soffit vents are not blocked with insulation and move insulation back to its original location if there are voids on the attic floor.
  • Check inside attic for signs of roof leaks. Be extremely careful not to damage or disturb electrical wiring or plumbing pipes that may be in the attic.

Cabinets

  • Check drawers and hinges for proper alignment. Tighten and adjust as needed.

Caulking

  • Re-caulk all areas originally caulked, especially windows and doors.

Doors

  • Check and repair or replace weather stripping on exterior doors as needed.
  • Check and tighten door hardware and lubricate as necessary.
  • Tighten all bolts on garage door.
  • Check the fit of exterior doors at their thresholds. Many designs are adjustable.

Windows

  • Check all windows for gaps in caulking on the exterior of the house.

Air Conditioning System

  • Have HVAC Contractor perform annual maintenance check-up.

Fireplace

  • Have chimney professionally cleaned as necessary.
  • Inspect chimney for nests.

Plumbing

  • Remove water heater residue following instructions for your water heater.

Pressure Cleaning

  • Clean roof tiles and asphalt shingles (where applicable) of mildew and dirt as necessary.
  • Clean pool deck.
  • Clean pavers, driveways and walks as necessary.

Seasonal Checklist

  • Follow all instructions for safe operation of any fireplace or wood burning stove.
  • Decorate safely for holidays. Do not overload circuits.
  • Avoid using harmful deicing salts or chemicals.
  • Winterize/service sprinkler system.
  • On mild temperature days, open windows so the house can bring in fresh air.