Use this February Home Maintenance and Safety Checklist to get your home ready for the change in seasons and to protect your family.
Included are home safety tips. Be proactive and take small steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. Fall asleep rest assured you took steps to ensure a safe home for your family.
1. ROTATE YOUR MATTRESS: Help your spine out and prolong your mattress by rotating or flipping it at least once a year. Your body and wallet will thank you for it. Should you rotate or flip? This depends on your mattress. Take a look at these tips from SleepAdvisor.org.
2. DEEP CLEAN YOUR GARBAGE DISPOSAL: This should take less than 10 minutes. Cleaning your garbage disposal is something we often overlook but it’s an important task for home maintenance.
3. TOUCH UP INTERIOR WALLS AND DOORS: Keep your home in tip top shape and remove those scuff marks and touch up the paint.
4. HAVE HVAC UNIT SERVICED: Your HVAC unit should be serviced at least once a year. Not only does regular maintenance help in reduced utility bills but it can extend the life of your HVAC system. The cost to have your system cleaned runs approximately $100-$150. Watch for local special deals and coupons for this service. It’s very common for companies to offer coupons for servicing HVAC systems.
5. CLEAN REFRIGERATOR COILS: Extend the life of your refrigerator and increase its efficiency by periodically cleaning its condenser coils.
6. CHECK CAULKING AND GROUT AROUND SINKS, SHOWERS AND TUBS: Water seeps through unseen areas. Help mitigate water damage and potential mold issues by checking caulk and grout around your sink, tub and shower. You should repair where needed.
7. SET UP WATER LEAK DETECTORS: Water heaters, washing machines, basements – what do these have in common? The potential to cause havoc from a major water leak. Other areas of your home have the potential to leak to. Invest in water leak detectors. There are several types on the market and some you can be alerted on your phone.
8. TEST YOUR HOME FOR RADON: You can’t see or smell radon. But, it’s a dangerous gas and breathing in high levels of this gas can increase your risk for lung cancer. In the United States it’s the #2 cause for lung cancer and is estimated to be the cause of 20,000 deaths per year. 1 out of every 15 homes have high radon levels. It’s pretty inexpensive to buy a radon test.
9. CLEAN YOUR FURNITURE: Winter months often mean spending more time indoors. Take some time and get your furniture in tip top shape and fresh.
The February home maintenance checklist is a good start. Add to it as you like. Maybe there’s something here you’ve meant to get done but it’s slipped your mind.