Caring for an old property requires a little extra thought, but home maintenance doesn’t have to be hard work. However, certain jobs should be undertaken annually or bi-annually to prevent damage to your home, and will prove far less costly than having to remedy serious problems that will occur if the property is not maintained. Regularly running home maintenance checks will also mean that you will spot issues early, and there will be less of a chance of problems developing.
Use our home maintenance checklist to make sure your home is properly maintained and cared for, whatever the season. Or, read our complete guide to renovating a house to tackle bigger issues.
Spring home maintenance jobs
Spring is prime time for home maintenance jobs that may be the result of winter storm damage. The weather also lends itself to work outside, being dry and warm enough to paint and make repairs with things like mortar that will not cure under a certain temperature.
Try and start as early in spring as possible before birds start nesting so as not to disturb their new homes.
Summer home maintenance jobs
Longer days and more consistent weather mean summer is going to give you the best chance to get jobs done in daylight. This is not only useful for exterior home maintenance, but internal jobs like painting and decorating which is best done in natural light so you can see what you are doing and how it will look.
Autumn home maintenance jobs
Now is the time to proof your home for winter. It is last chance to fix any cracks or damaged paintwork so that penetrating water does not freeze and increase the damage.
Get your garden cleared too. Rake leaves from paths and decking to prevent algae build-up and check for any trees that could fall in high winds.
Winter home maintenance jobs
With limited daylight this is not the most practical season to take on large projects. However, you should still keep on top of little home maintenance jobs and take the time to fix any niggles inside the home.
Look out for issues that can be exacerbated by cold weather. Clad any pipes that might be subject to freezing temperatures and oil locks that are more prone to sticking when it is cold.