No matter what kind of home you have, it always pays to maintain it properly. So, if you have recently purchased a townhome, condo/apartment, or house, you are probably wondering what you need to do to keep everything in tip-top shape? Well, first things first, you need to create a yearly maintenance checklist. Doing so ensures that everything that needs a little T.L.C. gets it. Nevertheless, if this is your first time considering a yearly maintenance plan for your home, you have come to the right place then. Here’s a quick synopsis of annual home-related maintenance for every home type.
Regardless of the space you call home, simple things like making sure the doorbell or intercom works goes a long way. You should also inspect outlets and restore power to or fix any plugs that are not working. Other simple things like cleaning out the exhaust fan, changing the direction of your ceiling fans, unclogging your disposal, de-gunking major appliances, and clearing your drain can make a world of difference. Moreover, it’s highly recommended that you test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Finally, if you have noticed any creepy crawlers, investigate, you may need a professional to spray for pests.
If you live in an apartment, you are most likely renting. As a result, your landlord is primarily responsible for yearly maintenance. That said, there are still things you should keep up with as a renter. For starters, you should inform your property manager of any issues you are experiencing. Thus, if you notice water damage or any problematic conditions during a cursory inspection, tell maintenance so they can promptly take care of it. Other apartment musts include maintaining your patio/balcony or common areas like in front of your door, doing a monthly deep clean, and replacing batteries in sensors/detectors.
Annual condo maintenance is somewhat similar to apartments; however, many people purchase their condo home. Thus, there are a number of things that condo owners need to maintain. For instance, many condos come with garages; therefore, it is not too surprising that you need to check your garage sensors in addition to your doorbell/intercom, and safety detectors. Furthermore, condos often have an in-unit washer/dryer that must be regularly inspected and cleaned out. Other items on the condo checklist might include flushing the hot water heater, having the HVAC systems and sump pump checked, landscaping, plus inspecting the condo home’s exterior.
Comparably, yearly upkeep for townhouses tends to fall on you as well as the property manager. Yet, if you purchased a townhome, then much of the maintenance is your responsibility. Alternatively, if you are renting, then it’s more so the landlord’s responsibility to maintain the major things like the exterior, lawn care, in-home repairs, etc. As a tenant or homeowner, you can still check your garage sensors, have repairs done, clean your chimney/fireplace, and HVAC systems or change filters. Much like condo or homeowners, you are likely paying HOA fees, and therefore the majority of upkeep is outsourced to professionals.
Finally, annual upkeep for a house is also a must. You will need to make sure you stay on top of the basics like cleaning your HVAC systems, cleaning your gutters, and inspecting your roof and siding—paint, clean, and repair where needed. It is also vital that you declutter and deep clean the inside of your house. Other items that need your attention as a homeowner include possible landscaping of the grounds, testing safety equipment/sensors, cleaning windows, inspecting plumbing and sump pumps, plus weatherproofing. Ultimately, all of these things will keep your home running efficiently and save you money.