Home Maintenance Tips by Season

The start of each season also brings along new maintenance needs. Learn how to keep your home in tip-top shape all year long!

You did it! You bought a home. This is a very exciting time, and everyone here at Clayton is so excited for you! And while we are excited, it’s also our job to make sure you are as informed as possible about your home — including how to take proper care of it.

Performing maintenance year-round is key to keeping your home in good shape, from the inside, out.

Spring & Summer

When the clocks jump forward and the temperatures start to rise, we start enjoying the spring sun’s warmth for the first time since fall. Around this time, it’s easy to turn your attention outside toward your lawn and garden and ignore things going on with your home. But while it is important to properly maintain your lawn to get that beautiful shade of green, it’s also critical to clean your gutters and spouts for the rainy days ahead to avoid unwanted water leaks in your home.

You’ll also want to inspect the outside of your home, including the roof, siding and air conditioning unit, for any damage that may have occurred during winter weather. If you do not feel comfortable inspecting your roof or making any necessary repairs yourself, please contact a local professional to help you.

With the good weather also comes pollen, so it is also important to clean your windows, blinds and curtains to prevent pollen and dust build up. Changing your air filter regularly will also help the air quality inside your home.

And don’t forget, when clocks “spring forward” and "fall back" you test your smoke detectors to make sure they are powered and working properly to keep your family safe!

Check out this video to get a more complete list of spring and summer maintenance tips.

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Fall & Winter

When the temperature starts to drop in the fall, rake the leaves from your lawn, put away any outdoor furniture you might have and then shift your focus on the inside of the home. To stay warm and save on energy costs , make sure your windows and doors are properly sealed so you can retain as much heat as possible. Remember — you aren’t the only one seeking warmth indoors during these colder months! Small animals and rodents will be looking for shelter from the harsh winter weather, so make sure to seal up the outside of your home and set traps as needed.

I know that you’ll want to stay indoors and out of the cold weather, but make sure you bundle up and check your home’s skirting for any holes, the foundation for cracks and the pipes for any leaks, or anything else that might need repairs before the harshest of weather sets in.

Again, you’ll change the clocks and “fall back,” so don’t forget to check your smoke detectors.

Check out this video for more fall and winter maintenance tips.

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These are just a few tips for maintaining your home. By being proactive each season, you’ll help to conserve energy and keep your home in tip-top shape. Check out our full seasonal maintenance checklist below for more information on keeping your home strong and secure for the years to come!

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Seasonal Maintenance Checklist

Home care is essential to keeping a house in good repair. Check out this home maintenance checklist for ways to care for your home year-around!

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