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Four-Season Home Maintenance Checklist

By AMA Staff

A little home upkeep at the start of each season can add to the value of your home and protect against weather and other threats—while reducing long-term repair costs. Follow our home maintenance checklist for easy fixes and improvements that you can tackle throughout the year.

• Change HVAC filters; clean dryer vent
• Check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
• Fill cracks in exterior concrete
• Clear clogged gutters and downspouts
• Drain hot water heater
• Re-caulk showers, tubs and sinks as necessary
• Vacuum refrigerator coils
• Review/update your home insurance policy

Uncover hidden sources of mold and mildew in your home

• Schedule an air conditioner inspection
• Get a professional roof inspection
• Repair fences; trim back trees and shrubs
• Check and clean septic system, if applicable
• Powerwash driveway, deck and porch
• Prep barbecue with a thorough clean
• Wash windows, inside and out
• Clean drains in kitchen and bathrooms

• Change HVAC filters; clean dryer vent
• Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
• Check the roof for loose or missing shingles
• Schedule a furnace inspection
• Cover patio furniture or store it inside
• Protect air conditioner with a waterproof cover
• Seal exterior gaps where critters could enter
• Drain and shut off exterior faucets and hoses

Smart home security solutions to keep your home safe and sound

• Inspect window and door seals; repair any leaks
• Vacuum bathroom and kitchen exhaust fan grills and filters
• Clear any debris blocking chimney
• Test sump pump, if applicable
• Inspect insulation, adding more as required
• Insulate pipes near windows and doors
• Stock a winter home survival kit

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