Home Maintenance & Seasonal Tips

The purchase and subsequent maintenance of a new home is an intricate part of home ownership. Keeping up with regular home maintenance tasks will not only save you money but will keep you from preventable accidents and costly repairs.

A popular rule of thumb states that one percent of the total purchase price should be set aside each year for maintenance. However, this rule isn’t set in stone. There are a variety of factors that can contribute to your maintenance budget, including the year your home was built, it’s location, climate, and energy efficient features.  Take a look at the major components of your home that will eventually need to replaced, and from there, calculate the replacement cost, the stated life expectancy of the item, and the estimated life expectancy of the item. This will prevent any unforeseen maintenance cost in the future.

At Saddlebrook, we want to provide you with the resources to keep your home in prime condition throughout the year. Take a look at our spring, summer, fall, and winter maintenance checklists for both routine and specialized maintenance of your new home. We encourage you to use this page as a resource throughout the year to keep the maintenance of your new home in top shape.

Downloadable PDF’s 

Spring| Summer| Fall| Winter

Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

spring home maintenanceEXTERIOR MAINTENANCE

  • Observe your yard after a good rain. Do you see standing water? Maintain drainage by ensuring drainage swales guide water downhill and away from your house and foundation. Usually, your drainage will run towards the road to proper storm drains.
  • Keep gutters free of debris and draining properly to secure downspouts.
  • Maintain your yard’s health by using sprinklers and setting the timers appropriate for the season. Also, keep them spraying in the right areas and away from the house. Fertilizer should be considered as well.
  • Keep trees and shrubs trimmed and away from the house and any utilities that may be damaged by overgrowth or breakage.
  • Check your exterior faucets and make sure no damage has occurred during winter’s freezing temperatures.
  • Maintain the exterior surfaces of your home by inspecting closely. Keep moss and fungi off of brick, keep your man-made siding like vinyl and hardy-board clean, and repaint any exterior wood finishes as needed.
  • Inspect driveways and sidewalks for cracks and repair/reseal as necessary.
  • Order an insect inspection and form some type of defense strategy. This can be done more seldom, as proper prevention is easily maintained after a consultation.
  • Inspect your roof for any damage that may have occurred during harsh winter weather.

INTERIOR MAINTENANCE

  • Check your dryer vent, and make sure to thoroughly remove excess lint and build-up.
  • Make sure your smoke detectors are working and replace batteries as needed.
  • Test your GFCI’s monthly. This is important in the kitchen and bathrooms to avoid severe or fatal electric shocks.
  • It is wise to hire an HVAC specialist to service your air conditioner before the warmer temperatures begin. This can save you a big headache and a lot of sweat!
  • Maintain clean air filters by changing them monthly.
  • Check for any leaks near plumbing fixtures and repair as needed.
  • Look at your bathroom joints (at the tub, shower, sinks, counters, floors, etc.) and make sure you repair or re-caulk as needed. This prevents leaks, bacterial growth, etc. and promotes a clean, long-lasting home.
  • Open windows to ensure smooth and proper operation. Use some WD40 on the window tracks, as well as caulk and maintain a good seal. Taking the time to maintain windows will ensure energy efficiency and less chance of replacement.
  • Always have a fire escape plan and know the location and expiration of fire extinguishers. Those who have been through a house fire will tell you the importance.

 

Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

EXTERIOR MAINTENANCE

summer home maintenance

  • Check for any rotting along the eaves and soffit of your roof. If you see dripping water or cracked paint, your may want to take a closer look into roof damage. Contact a roofing contractor for a thorough inspection.
  • Observe your yard after a good rain. Do you see standing water? Maintain drainage by ensuring drainage swales guide water downhill and away from your house and foundation. Usually, your drainage will run towards the road to proper storm drains.
  • Hire an HVAC specialist to service your air conditioner before the hot summer temperatures begin. We suggest looking into this in the springtime to avoid any inconvenience.
  • Maintain the exterior siding of your home by inspecting closely. Keep moss, algae, and fungi off of brick, keep your man-made siding like vinyl and hardy-board clean, and repaint any exterior wood finishes as needed. If you use a pressure washer, make sure not to damage any grout or seams.
  • Maintain your patios, porches, and decks. Look for any signs of rot and repair boards as needed. Keep these areas clean by pressure washing and repainting or resealing as needed.
  • Inspect driveways and sidewalks for cracks and repair/reseal as necessary.
  • Clean your outdoor cooker or grill by heating to high temperature, letting it cool, and using a wire brush to remove debris.
  • Maintain landscaping by mulching, pruning, and setting proper watering schedules.
  • Clean those windows!
  • Check and maintain your insect prevention strategies.HVAC maintenance

INTERIOR MAINTENANCE

  • Check for any leaks near plumbing fixtures and repair as needed.
  • Maintain clean air filters by changing them monthly.
  • Test your GFCI’s monthly. This is important in the kitchen and bathrooms to avoid severe or fatal electric shocks.
  • Look for grout damage in kitchen and bathrooms and repair as needed.
  • Ensure smoke detectors are working and replace batteries.
  • Always have a fire escape plan and know the location and expiration of fire extinguishers. Those who have been through a house fire will tell you the importance.
  • Check your plumbing fixtures like shower heads and remove any sediment build-up.
  • Make sure you have an emergency kit with flashlights, water, and plenty of batteries.
  • Clean and organize the garage.
  • Look at your bathroom joints (at the tub, shower, sinks, counters, floors, etc.) and make sure you repair or re-caulk as needed. This prevents leaks, bacterial growth, etc. and promotes a clean, long-lasting home.
  • Maintain smooth operation of exterior doors by lubricating locks and hinges. Repair and repaint any peeling or deterioration.

 

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

Fall home maintenance

EXTERIOR MAINTENANCE

  • Check your heating system and consider winterizing your air conditioning. Call an HVAC contractor for an evaluation and winter preparations.
  • Call a chimney sweep and order a chimney inspection and cleaning. This will ensure safe fire-burning in winter and keep your chimney functioning properly.
  • Check your driveway and sidewalks for cracks and reseal as needed. Water can find its way into these cracks, freeze, and create further damage.
  • Make sure your exterior hoses are detached and drain your outdoor faucets.
  • Keep shovels and winter gear handy to avoid any accidents and keep warm in case winter decides to arrive early.
  • Inspect your weather stripping and caulking around windows and doors. If it needs replacement or repair, you will want to do this before colder temperatures arrive.
  • Check foundation for settling and repair as needed.
  • Winterize your sprinkler system and test your sump pump (if applicable)
  • Clean debris and foliage from your gutters and ensure downspouts are secure.
  • The sun may have damaged your exterior caulking. Inspect and repair as needed.

INTERIOR MAINTENANCE

  • Flush your hot water heater by draining and removing sediment. This will elongate your water heater’s life and maintain efficiency.
  • Check your dryer vent, and make sure to thoroughly remove excess lint and build-up.
  • Maintain clean air filters by changing them monthly.
  • Check for any leaks near plumbing fixtures and repair as needed.
  • Test your GFCI’s monthly. This is important in the kitchen and bathrooms to avoid severe or fatal electric shocks.
  • Make sure your smoke detectors are working and replace batteries as needed.
  • Always have a fire escape plan and know the location and expiration of fire extinguishers. Those who have been through a house fire will tell you the importance.
  • Seal granite countertops to ensure long-lasting finish
  • Look at your bathroom joints (at the tub, shower, sinks, counters, floors, etc.) and make sure you repair or re-caulk as needed. This prevents leaks, bacterial growth, etc. and promotes a clean, long-lasting home.
  • Replace batteries in thermostats if needed.

 

Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

winter home maintenance

EXTERIOR MAINTENANCE

  • Check your driveway and sidewalks for cracks and reseal as needed. Water can find its way into these cracks, freeze, and create further damage.
  • Make sure your exterior hoses are detached and drain your outdoor faucets.
  • Check for drainage issues and adjust your sprinkler system settings appropriately.
  • Hire an HVAC specialist to service your air conditioner before the cold winter temperatures begin. We suggest looking into this in the fall to avoid any inconvenience or freezing temperature damage.
  • Keep gutters and drains free of ice and debris to avoid costly repairs
  • Inspect driveways and sidewalks for cracks and repair/reseal as necessary.
  • Inspect your weather stripping and caulking around windows and doors. If it needs replacement or repair, this should be taken care of before the coldest temperatures arrive.

INTERIOR MAINTENANCE

  • Check your electric receptacles and plugs for damage or wear. Replace as needed to reduce risk of fire.
  • Check your dryer vent, and make sure to thoroughly remove excess lint and build-up.
  • Clean out refrigerator coils. The manual should provide instructions.
  • Check your air registers and clean appropriately by vacuuming out any dust/debris buildup.
  • Maintain clean air filters by changing them monthly.
  • Check for any leaks near plumbing fixtures and repair as needed.
  • Test your GFCI’s monthly. This is important in the kitchen and bathrooms to avoid severe or fatal electric shocks.
  • Make sure your smoke detectors are working and replace batteries as needed.
  • Always have a fire escape plan and know the location and expiration of fire extinguishers. Those who have been through a house fire will tell you the importance.
  • Decorate safely for the holidays. Be careful of overloading circuits and watch for fire risks.
  • We found that everyone associated with Saddlebrook was very nice and accommodating throughout the entire building experience!  We are very pleased with our new home and would highly recommend Saddlebrook to anyone interested in building a home!

    - Lew & Debbi Dickson
  • Thank you for building our new home! It is beautiful! We love it! We are looking forward to many years in our new home.

    - Nancy and Tom Bodnar
  • I have heard so many horror stories about couples building a home. Going through Saddlebrook properties was nothing like this.

    - Audra Fegley
  • Courteous, timely follow through with questions and concerns. Professional interaction and outstanding customer service which is rare these days. Excellent in every way!

    - Timothy Davis & Richard Roper