February 29th, 2016 at 10:00 am

home maintenance

You’ve probably heard the sarcastic old saying: “A house is just a hole in the ground surrounded by four walls into which you constantly pour money.”

Well, it doesn’t have to be that way if you’re a conscientious homeowner who maintains your property on an ongoing basis. With so many things that need to be inspected, repaired, and replaced over the years, home upkeep can be a bit overwhelming.

Yet, experts say, keeping preventive maintenance affordable can be as easy as setting up a calendar or schedule, and then sticking to it. Using a calendar that spans digital platforms such as smartphones, tablets, and computers will help you set reminders, and see all upcoming events in a list view. You can print hardcopies or, if you’re old school, use a paper calendar in any format that works for you.

home maintenance

How to get started

We’ve compiled a list of some of the most common items that should be addressed indoors, outside, and how often each year. Use these as a basis for keeping your house or condo in top shape. Regular upkeep will add to your home’s value as well; if you decide to sell, a well-maintained residence is certain to bring in a higher price than a similar one that “needs work.”

Here are some typical tasks by frequency:

Every 1 to 2 months

Every 3 months

Every 6 months


Use the above as a starting point. Of course, each home might have additional amenities, such as water softeners, swimming pools, and carpeting, that require specialized care best handled by professionals.


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