It’s easy to get excited about a home maintenance project in the spring or summer when the weather is warm and it’s fun to be outdoors. In the winter, though, many homeowners let maintenance slip—even indoors.
To keep your home in good shape this winter, use this maintenance checklist.
- After each snowfall, inspect gutters, downspouts and the roof for damage. Unchecked holes and tears can lead to leaks that can be more expensive to repair come spring.
- As the snow melts, check the basement for leaks and flooding. Clean it up right away. Unplug and dry out any appliances that got wet.
- Keep the refrigerator clean on the inside and out. It’s no fun working with a cold appliance when it’s cold outside, but regular maintenance will help the fridge operate more efficiently.
- Inspect holiday lights for damage. Put away extension cords as soon as the holidays are over; they’re not meant for long-term use.
- After the cook-a-thon that is the holidays, clean the stove’s exhaust hood and air filter. Overuse can cause a buildup of gunk that can prevent the appliances from operating efficiently and also create a fire hazard.