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Home Maintenance Reminders


Home Maintenance Reminders

Keeping a home in great shape means following simple and routine checklist.

Maintenance 101: Reality in our busy lives means we must schedule time for maintenance items in and around our home. We all want the components and systems in our homes to work when we need them. So periodic maintenance is just as important as having a trusted service provider to make necessary repairs.

Note: Victims of Murphy’s Law can attest that their air conditioner goes out on the hottest day of the year or the water heater fails when you have out of town visitors! How many sinks get stopped up while preparing a holiday meal…just saying!

Maintaining your home’s systems can be less expensive than the results of neglect causing repairs or replacement. Here are a few tips we think you consider to keep your home in good shape.

  • Replace burned-out, dim or missing bulbs in light fixtures and lamps. It’s a great time to switch to LED bulbs.
  • Dryer exhaust vents build up lint even though you may be cleaning the filter regularly. Hire a professional is the safest protocal.
  • Fire extinguishers need to be recharged or replaced after expiration date. If you don’t have one GET ONE.
  • Establish a recurring appointment on your calendar to change filters in your HVAC monthly. Most HVAC systems should be serviced twice per year (at least in South Florida).
  • Replace missing or damaged caulk around sinks, bathtubs, showers, windows, doors and other areas.
  • Clean gutters at least 3 times per year.
  • Schedule an inspection with a pest control a minimum of once a year unless you have a service contract.
  • Schedule a chimney cleaning prior to using the fireplace for the first time in the season.
  • Keep all tree branches and shrubs trimmed away from the home.
  • Pressure wash exterior, deck, patio, sidewalks and driveway.
  • Keep levels of insulation in the attic above your ceiling joists. If you need a total replacement, look into icynene foam insulation.
  • Check appliances with water lines for leaks or worn hoses.
    • ice maker  • washing machine (do NOT use rubber hoses)  • dishwasher   • others
  • Test all GFI breakers and reset.
  • Inspect all electrical outlets for broken receptacles, fire hazards or loose fitting plugs.
  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and change batteries every 6 months. Team Paradise sends reminders with the time change.

The early fall is a great time to take care of these items. For other tips, call us or refer to our Facebook page or post a question and we’re happy to respond.

Home Maintenance Reminders That Make Sense Also Save Time And Money!


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