Every house is different, but there are some common elements every homeowner can include on a regular maintenance list:


  • Check the condition of driveways and walks.

  • Check window wells, dry wells and storm drains for blockage.

  • Check fencing conditions and gate operation. Check retaining walls for cracks, bulges, and leaning.

  • Check all landscaping; trim all bushes and trees.

  • Check all outbuildings, porches, and patios.

  • Check for proper grading and drainage throughout the property.

  • Check lawn sprinkler system operation.

  • Check all equipment in preparation of pool opening.



  • Check (during a rainstorm) for drainage away from the foundation.

  • Check for settlement, cracks and spalling.



  • Check all surfaces for damage or deterioration. Check caulking at all joints.

  • Treat or paint worn or exposed wood components. Check the condition of masonry chimneys and vents.



  • Check for damaged screens or broken glass.

  • Check weatherstripping, caulking, and window putty. Check for frame decay or damage.

  • Clean and install screens.



  • Check for loose, damaged or missing roofing. Check fascia and soffit for signs of leaks/moisture build-up.

  • Check all flashings for fit and seals.

  • Check television antenna or satellite dish mounting. Check and clean all gutters (eavestroughs) and downspouts.

  • Clean fungi or algae from roof surfaces.



  • Check all wooden supports and railing components. Check floor for wear or damage.

  • Apply preservative to wood decking and components. Seal patios at the foundation.



  • Check the condition of incoming service wire and supports. Add or test ground-fault circuit-interrupters (GFCI).

  • De-winterize and check exterior faucets.



  • Check for signs of termite, ant or other insect activity. Check for insect damage.

  • Arrange for treatment or repair.



  • Check attic, ceilings and walls for evidence of leaks. Check ventilation openings for nests or other blockages. Check the condition of all painted or finished walls and trim. Check carpet and flooring for wear or damage.

  • Check the condition of all stairs and railings.

  • Check the condition and operation of all windows and doors. Test smoke/fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.



  • Check for cracks or breaks in the wall.

  • Check for evidence of water infiltration or dampness. Check for decaying sills and window frames.

  • Check for signs of termite, ant or other insect activity Check for changes in framing conditions.

  • Check crawlspace ventilation, insulation, and vapor retarders.

  • Test, clean and lubricate sump pump.



  • Assess power distribution for overload issues. Test circuit breakers and label all circuits at panel. Test arc-fault and ground-fault circuit-interrupters (regularly).

  • Check circuits for over-fusing. Check all receptacles and switches.

  • Check operation of the vent and/or attic fans.



  • Follow manufacturer instructions for HVAC systems. Inspect and install room air conditioners.

  • Clean all serviceable elements of the heating system. Change or clean heating system filter (regularly). Check venting systems for corrosion and leaks. Clean and de-energize humidifier.

  • Check and lubricate attic fan.



  • Check well and components. Check septic tanks and systems.

  • Check water and waste piping for leaks. Check the hot water supply temperature.

  • Follow manufacturer instructions for the water heater.



  • Check the condition and operation of all appliances. Clean and change range fan filters.

  • Check all toilet flush mechanisms.

  • Check and repair all leaking faucets and valves. Caulk and grout tile at tubs and showers.

  • Clean aerators and showerheads.

While this list is not comprehensive, it’s a good start to identifying some potential trouble spots in any home. Remember, these tips are only general guidelines. Since each situation is different, contact a professional if you have questions about a specific issue.