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Each home comes with a HomeHub© TOOLKIT, providing you with the basic tools you’ll need to perform basic maintenance and minor repairs around the house. Regular maintenance of your home is the best way to protect your investment and prevent costly surprises.
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HomeHub© TOOLKIT

HomeHub© TOOLKIT

Our HomeHub© Maintenance Checklist will help guide you Click here for a printable version.

Monthly

Fire Extinguisher: First, make sure you have one and know where it is! Then, check that it’s fully charged; recharge or replace if needed.
Sink/Tub Stoppers and Drain Holes: Clean out debris. Running warm water helps loosen debris.
Garbage Disposal: Flush with a mixture of hot water and baking soda to keep it running properly.
Forced-Air Heating System: Change filters monthly if your system uses fiberglass filters.

Every 2 Months

Wall Furnace: Clean grills so they are free of dust bunnies or other debris.
Range Hood: Clean the grease filter.

Every 3 Months

Faucets: Clean debris and mineral deposits out of the aerator (a small screen screwed onto your faucet) to keep water flowing smoothly.
Tub Drain: Clean out debris.
Outdoor Drain Grates: Clean out debris to ensure proper drainage around your home.
Termites: Inspect the perimeter of your home for evidence of termites, such as mud tubes around the foundation. Make sure that there is at least six inches of clearance between any soil or mulch and the bottom of your siding.

Every 6 Months

Smoke Detector: Test batteries and replace if needed. We recommend you do this before that dreaded beeping sound wakes you up in the middle of the night.
Toilet: Check for leaks and water run-on. That running sound means you are wasting water and money.
Interior Caulking: Inspect caulking around tubs, showers, and sinks; replace any if missing or cracking. Caulk helps keeps water from your relaxing bath from rotting the wood studs and plywood behind your wall and floors.
Forced-Air Heating System: Replace the filter if you uses high-efficiency pleated or HEPA-style filters.
Garbage Disposal: Tighten drain connections and fasteners.
Range Hood: Clean fan blades and housing.

Every Spring

Roof: Inspect roof surface, flashing, eaves, and soffits; repair if needed.
Gutters and Downspouts: Clean them out (or hire a professional). Inspect and repair weak areas; check for proper drainage and make repairs if needed.
Trees: Inspect for any branches that are at risk of falling on your home (or your neighbors) and have them trimmed, if needed.
Siding: Inspect and clean siding and repair if needed.
Exterior Caulking: Inspect caulking and replace any that is deteriorating. Just like inside your home, caulk helps keep the rain from rotting the wood studs and plywood behind your siding.
Windowsills, Doorsills, Thresholds: Fill cracks, caulk edges, repaint; replace if needed.
Window and Door Screens: Clean screening and repair or replace if needed; tighten or repair any loose or damaged frames and repaint if needed; replace broken, worn, or missing hardware; tighten and lubricate door hinges and closers.

Every Fall

Roof: Inspect roof surface, flashing, eaves, and soffits; repair if needed.
Gutters and Downspouts: Clean them out (or hire a professional). Inspect and repair weak points; check for proper slope.
Trees: Inspect for any branches that are at risk of falling on your home (or your neighbors), and have trimmed if needed.
Chimney: Clean flue (more frequently if needed); repair any cracks in flue or any loose or crumbling mortar.
Siding: Inspect and clean siding and repair if needed.
Exterior Caulking: Inspect caulking and replace any that is missing or deteriorating.
Window / Door Weather Stripping: Inspect and repair or replace if it is deteriorating or if it does not seal.

Annually

Termites: If termites or other pests have taken a liking to your home, consider signing up for regular pest inspections and treatments. There are effective, non-toxic options available.
Main Cleanout Drain: Consider having a “rooter” professional clean out the main line, particularly if there are mature trees in your yard whose roots could have cracked the pipe in their search for moisture.

Adapted from Sunset Books, JoAnne Liebeler’s Do It Herself by Hello Housing