Whether you own or rent your home, whether it's an apartment or a house, it'll need maintenance this year. Make your life easier and a little less stressful by planning out your home's maintenance for the whole year all at once, filling out an annual calendar and setting yourself reminders so you stay on track all year long!
1. Figure out the tasks your home needs to stay maintained
So everyone's home will be different. But start by making a list of things that you already do or should do (and you sometimes forget).
2. Organize the tasks on your list by how often they need to be done
Some home maintenance tasks are a once-a-year kind of thing, others should be done only a few times a year and other items once per month.
3. Make calendar entries for each task — and this is the important thing — set a reminder.
The last and most important step is to fill in your calendar. Consider what your typical year looks like and when these tasks might best fit into your schedule.
Taking the time to get organized with your home maintenance now is a great way to not have to really think about these tasks all that much until the time comes to do them.
A sample list of home maintenance tasks to add to your calendar:
(Please remember, these are just suggestions. Your home might need more, less or different tasks to keep it in shape all year!)
Once a year
- Anytime: Flush hot water heater
- Anytime: Review renters or homeowner's insurance and photograph any new items before it's time to renew your policy
- Anytime: Build or refill your disaster preparedness kit
- Early Spring: Aerate your lawn
- Early Spring: Book an AC inspection
- Summer: Book a chimney sweep
- Early Fall: Book a heat inspection
- Late Winter: Check and repair your window screens before beautiful spring temperatures
Every six months
- Late Spring and Late Fall: Reverse ceiling fan direction
- Check/change batteries in smoke and co2 detectors
- Clean exterior dryer vent
- Vacuum fridge coils
- Wash windows
- Do a home safety check where you test smoke detector batteries, check all locks, and look for things like loose knobs, shelves, tripping hazards and more.
- Clean out your gutters
Every 3 months
- Wipe down inside of fridge and replace baking soda in fridge
- Flip your mattress and vacuum your mattress and/or box spring
- Clean baseboards and trim
- Inspect and reseal grout/caulk as needed in tiled areas
- Wash range hood ventilation filters
Every 1 – 2 months
- Change air filters (Pro-tip: Buy a year's supply of filters to store at once.)
- Clean and freshen your garbage disposal