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Annual Household Maintenance Checklist

Start the year knowing your home is in good shape by checking in on these annual household maintenance items, as recommended by our Resident Expert Gregg Cantor. Some are items you can easily do yourself. Others require a professional, but we have Approved Home Pros who will do many of these services free of charge, or at a discount when you mention Approved Home Pros!

Catching home maintenance problems early can save you big bucks in the long run, and using this annual household maintenance checklist can help you stay organized with areas of the home that need attention.

ITEMS FOR THE PROS

FURNACE/AC INSPECTION
Schedule an annual furnace and air conditioning inspection. Have them change your filters as well. Then, change them yourself regularly throughout the year.

  • RESOURCES:
    Allegiance Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. (10% up to $500 off) 619-500-2636
    Mauzy Heating & Air (10% up to $500 off) 619-320-6080
    We Care Plumbing, Heating & Air (10% up to $500 off) 619-333-8646

TERMITE INSPECTION
Protect your home from termite damage by catching the problem early. Annual termite inspections are recommended.

  • RESOURCES:
    Best Rate Termite (free inspection) 619-407-9097
    Ecola Termite & Pest (free inspection) 619-365-9030
    Gopher-B-Gone 619-798-4230

DECK AND WOOD INSPECTION
In our moist, coastal climate, it is a good idea to get your deck and wooden structural areas (such as fascia and eves) checked for potential rot and damage.

  • RESOURCES:
    Best Rate Repair (free inspection) 619-407-9097

ROOF INSPECTION
Pitched roofs should be inspected every 2-3 years. Flat roofs should be inspected annually.

  • RESOURCES:
    Milholland Roofing (free inspection) 619-320-7373
    Top Line Roofing (free inspection) 858-905-5903

POOL INSPECTION
Have your pool equipment inspected. For salt-water pools, the capsule and filter should be cleaned.

  • RESOURCES:
    Payan Pool Service (10% up to $500 off) 619-202-1153

THINGS YOU CAN DO YOURSELF

CLEAN DRYER VENT
A dirty or clogged dryer vent is a huge fire danger. Detach your dryer vent and vacuum out lint with a shop vac, and continue to clean the vent regularly.

REPLACE BATTERIES
Replace the batteries in your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector to ensure the alarms will work in the event of an emergency.

CHECK WATER SHUT OFFS
Check hot and cold water shut offs at every fixture as well as the main valve by actually turning them on and off.

FLUSH YOUR TANKLESS WATER HEATER
If you have an on-demand (tankless) water heater, follow the manufacturer’s instructions and flush out your system.

  • RESOURCES:
    Black Mountain Plumbing 619-399-2203
    We Care Plumbing, Heating & Air (10% up to $500 off) 619-333-8646

DRAINAGE LINES
Flush out silt and debris in area drainage lines.

CLEAN RAIN GUTTERS
Remove debris from rain gutters and downspouts to ensure water will flow in the specified path.

WINDOWS AND DOORS
Check weather-stripping and seals on all doors and windows. If they leak or need to be replaced, go to Ace Hardware, or call one of our handymen.

If you need more information about this annual home maintenance checklist, reach out to us at 855-840-A-PRO. Our Approved Home Pros are here to help guide you to the right place. Happy New Year!