Keeping your home sales ready! Home Maintenance Schedules

Proper home maintenance can prevent major repairs and can help your home to always be ready to go on the market!

Proper home maintenance can prevent major repairs and can help your home to always be ready to go on the market!

One thing that many homeowners do not consider is the aspect of keeping your home in sales ready condition. As you live in your home, you rarely think about selling until the time comes where you need to sell. However, it is important to keep your home in sales ready condition so should you need to sell quickly, your home will already be ready. There are several reasons you may need to sell quickly such as a job relocation, job loss or other financial concerns. In these instances, you probably will not have the money or time to do the minor repairs to get your home ready for sale.

Some of the things that can assist you in being ready to sell at a moments notice is to keep on top of weekly and monthly maintenance issues such as changing air filters, HVAC inspections and minor cosmetic items such as dings in the walls. Do you need a maintenance schedule? That depends on the individual, but it’s not a bad idea to have some plans in place to ensure these issues are addressed in a timely manner.

You can find several maintenance schedules pre-printed throughout the Internet, but I will warn that non are all-encompassing and you may have to find several schedules to create your own schedule that is specific to your home. If you live in a townhouse or a condo, then obviously the exterior maintenance will be addressed by the homeowner’s association, not you. Even then, you will want to follow-up with the property manager to ensure everything is being done on schedule and correctly. For instance, when my townhouse building was painted recently, the painters used the wrong tape and when I removed it after they were finished, it removed some of the paint from the backdoor frame. The job wasn’t done properly, so I had to make sure it was.

What are some typical maintenance issues you can expect to perform on a regular basis? Here is a list of several items, but again, is not all-inclusive. Do your own homework for your specific property!

Monthly items

  • Inspect and possibly change air filters. Depending on the type of filters you use, you may have to change them monthly or quarterly. There are many different types of filters and I would encourage you to investigate the pros and cons with each of them. Personally, I do not use the higher end ones that take out the smallest particles because this forces your HVAC unit to work harder to circulate the air through these filters and can cause your unit to age and deteriorate quicker.
  • Clean kitchen sink disposal. Ice cubes is one of the easiest ways to clean the disposal as the process of breaking up the cubes will help dislodge any lingering food particles. I have seen where some have used vinegar ice cubes which will freshen the smell of the disposal. Personally, I don’t use the vinegar cubes, but I will drop a part of a lemon in the unit to freshen it up.
  • Clean the range hood filter. This can be a messy job and one that can lead to safety issues. Grease buildup can potentially cause fires, so you want to make sure it is cleaned.
  • Inspect fire extinguisher. Again, a safety concern because you don’t want to learn after a fire that your extinguisher is not working properly. You want to make sure it is reachable in a timely manner and that the pressure gauge shows enough pressure.

Quarterly items

  • Test smoke/carbon monoxide detectors. Another safety concern as you want to make sure they are properly working. I typically plan to replace the batteries when I change out the air filters as I have the ladder and can do both easily.
  • Test garage door auto-reverse feature. This is a safety concern, especially if you have small children in and around the house. It can be easily done by simply placing a 2 by 4 piece of wood at the base of the garage door and the door should automatically reopen once it touches the wood.
  • Run water and flush out toilets in unused spaces. If you have a guest room and bathroom that isn’t used often, you will want to run water through the toilet to make sure there is not buildup that could cause clogging or worse, water leaks.
  • Check water softeners, add salt when needed. If you don’t have a water softener, you do need to worry about this, but it is an easy task. You shouldn’t need to add salt every month.

Biannual items

  • Test your water heater’s pressure release valve. This will prevent mineral and corrosion buildup and potential leaks. It can also aid your units efficiency.
  • Give your house a deep cleaning. Every six months, spend a Saturday to have a whole house cleaning to include the windows, dusting every nook and cranny. This will help keep dirt particles out of the air and may help your health.
  • Vacuum your refrigerator coils. This can help your refrigerator operate more efficiently and can save you up to $100 per year in electricity bills. Your refrigerator uses approximately 15% of your home’s electricity and if the coils get dirty, it will take more electricity to operate the unit.

Of course there are many more items and I would encourage you to review other items. I will not go into all of them in this post but remember there are also annual items that need to be addressed such as cleaning gutters, checking exterior drainage, roof inspection and much more. I have found this blog post to be very helpful and plan to utilize this list for the future maintenance issues for my home. Please visit here to learn more about these additional items.

Remember, you never know when you will need to sell your home quickly and these items will help your home to always be prepared to go on the market. Additionally, these items can ensure your home operates as intended and reduce the major repairs that can be avoided with regular maintenance.


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