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A Handy Property Clean Out Checklist for Every Homeowner

A Handy Property Clean Out Checklist for Every Homeowner

Owning a home requires a lot more responsibility than just living at it. If something breaks down, no neighbor would come and fix your problem; it’s in your own hands. That solely means the responsibility of keeping a home clean and maintained is up to you. Given the option, only a few of us would take time to spend a day puling leaves out of a gutter, fixing a leaky faucet, and silencing a squeaking hinge and creaky floorboards. However, doing all of them is a must.

Maintaining a home can feel like a daunting task, especially if you are a new homeowner who has never seen a boiler up close, let alone a drained one. Thinking about the long list of tasks can be intimidating. The good news is that you can get all of the tasks done and maximise your efficiency if you create a home maintenance calendar for yourself.

Here, we have listed tasks that need to be done in a certain season or period. Follow this property clean out checklist and your house will run like a well-oiled machine.

Weekly

Performing a few simple and quick maintenance tasks every week can prevent costly repairs down the road. Weekly maintenance will only require you common household tools and cost you very little to perform. Jot down the things you should be doing each and every week.

  • Sweep and mop the floors, and vacuum the hard ones.
  • Mow your growing lawn.
  • Clean window sills.
  • Clean your kitchen appliances.
  • Wipe down stove top and vent.

Monthly ​

If you already have a monthly calendar for your home maintenance, you might as well add the following on your list.

  • Clean, inspect, and possibly replace HVAC filters.
  • Clean your drains and sink disposal.
  • Clean the greasy and dusty range hood over your stove or oven.
  • Inspect fire extinguishers.
  • Look for leaks around toilets and sinks.

Quarterly

For every quarter, a home maintenance checklist should be designed to keep track of the fire, life, and safety. Here are items you may cross off of your quarterly checklist:

  • Test your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms, and replace batteries if necessary.
  • Replace lightbulbs as needed.
  • Vacuum your refrigerator coils.
  • Test garage door auto-reverse feature.
  • Run water and flush toilets in your guest bathrooms and other unused spaces.
  • Check water softener, and add salt if needed.
  • Check your water heater’s pressure relief valve.
  • Give your house a deep clean.

Annually ​

Some of the monthly and quarterly checklist is likely to change with different seasons of the year. Here’s what you need to do when a specific season comes:

Spring

Come springtime, most of you are looking forward to throw open the windows and clean out the closets. Some are eager to give their houses, inside and out, a good once-over. During this season, ensure that your home is prepared when flowers begin to bloom with this homeowner’s maintenance checklist: 


  • Have your HVAC system checked up. 
  • Inspect your roof. 
  • Clean out the rain gutters. 
  • Inspect walkways and driveways and fill cracks when it’s concrete. 
  • Check seals around doors and windows. 
  • Trim unruly grasses, leaves, and branches. 

Summer

They say that summer is the season to enjoy your home, without having to worry about anything like maintaining it. But how will you have a good time when it’s messy and all dirty? Work the following checklist and get it done right away, so you will have plenty of time for some beers and barbecues. 


  • Trim the grass and weeds around outdoor HVAC units. 
  • Check grout in bathrooms and kitchen, and repair as needed. 
  • Deal with any insect problems you may have. 
  • Wipe down exterior doors. 
  • Give your garage a 15-minute tune-up. 
  • Clean deck or patio, and repair as needed. 
  • Clean out window wells of debris. 
  • Inspect plumbing leaks and clean aerator on faucets. 
  • Inspect dryer vents and other exhaust vents to exterior of your home. 
  • Check sprinkler system, and repair as needed. 

Fall

The leaves beginning to fall and the days slowly turning cool mark the time for you to wind your house down for the winter. Prepare your rakes and sakes for a full-blown fall house upkeeping. 


  • Check your central heating system. 
  • Clean HVAC system. 
  • Touch up exterior walls with fresh paint where needed. 
  • Inspect your roof and clean out gutters once again to prepare for winter precipitation. 
  • Flush hot water heater and clear away sediments. 
  • Get heating system ready for winter. 
  • Inspect fireplace and have chimney cleaned, if you have one. 
  • Turn off and flush outdoor faucets and check exterior grade. 

Winter ​

In most cases, we crouch down in the winter season, as the weather is very cold and unpredictable to handle any home projects and tasks. However, you should make sure that your home is ready for the harsh weather. Now let’s take a deep dive into your winter household maintenance tasks: 


  • Inspect your electrical outlets. Always be extra careful when working with electricity. 
  • Inspect and deep clean the basement. 
  • Touch up paint on interior walls as needed. 
  • Watch out for ice dams and icicles. 
  • Remove showerheads and clear away sediments. 
  • Check all locks and deadbolts on your windows and doors, and tighten handles, knobs, racks, and others. 
  • Check your attic insulation and ventilation. 
  • Check for drafts. 

While this list is already extensive, you can still add things you can do for your home. House maintenance is an unending task, and every homeowner will deal with their own unique challenges. But if you consider the property clean out checklist we have provided, you will surely keep your home running efficiently.

If you need help from a professional clearing and cleaning services provider, do not hesitate to reach us out. At Deceased Estate Sydney, we always do our best in ensuring that your home is safe and secure and giving it a fighting chance to stand strong for generations.