Back to top

Encompass® Insurance Insights & Articles

Home Maintenance Checklist: Keeping Your Home Healthy & Safe

Tools .

Just like you, your home needs regular "check-ups" to keep everything in optimal shape. From the roof to the basement, the HVAC to the hot water heater, regular maintenance is essential to a healthy, safe home.

But keeping up with all the maintenance and repair tasks can feel a bit overwhelming at times. That's why we've put together a handy checklist of upkeep tasks, organized by season.


Once the weather warms up in the Spring, it's time to complete a thorough inspection and make any necessary repairs.


  • Inspect roof for broken shingles or leaks
  • Clean debris out of rain gutters
  • Ensure that flashing is sealed properly
  • Reattach loose siding and trim
  • Check caulking around windows and doors
  • Power wash windows and screens
  • Have your septic tank pumped
  • Seal holes around your foundation with foam
  • Fertilize your yard


  • Dust or wash light fixtures
  • Replace batteries in carbon monoxide and smoke detectors
  • Check caulking around sinks, showers and tubs
  • Vacuum dryer lint trap and refrigerator coils
  • Change direction of ceiling fans so they pull cool air up


You'll enjoy the lazy days of summer more if you get your home maintenance duties out of the way! Start the warm season off with the following tasks.


  • Paint or power wash exterior walls
  • Check hoses for leaks
  • Recoat or seal your roof and flashing
  • Patch cracks in driveway and sidewalks
  • Refinish the wood on your porch or deck


  • Clean ceiling fans
  • Have your AC unit tuned up
  • Clean and organize the garage; summer's a great time to have a garage sale!


The leaves will be falling off the trees before you know it! Get ahead of the game with these chores.


  • Aerate your lawn
  • Drain exterior plumbing
  • Inspect exterior door hardware
  • Check for gaps around windows and doors and caulk or weather strip
  • Check and clean dryer vents and other exhaust vents


  • Have your fireplace and chimney inspected/cleaned
  • Remove or cover window AC units
  • Have your furnace or boiler inspected
  • Flush hot water heater to remove build-up or sediment and test the pressure release valve


Before you settle in for cozy nights by a crackling fire, be sure to take care of the fireplace! Prepare for the chilly days of winter by completing these home tasks.


  • Put patio furniture in storage
  • Deep clean and cover your BBQ grill
  • Turn off water to exterior pipes
  • Regularly check exterior of home for ice blockage


  • Deep clean carpets
  • Check/regrout tile as needed
  • Change direction of ceiling fans so they push warm air down
  • Repair any damage to walls
  • Check locks on all doors and windows
  • Clean and organize storage

Every Month

A few home maintenance tasks are so important that you should tackle them once a month.

  • Replace/change your furnace filter to keep your inside air quality high and reduce energy consumption
  • Check salt levels in your water softener and add more if necessary
  • Unclog your tub and shower drains
  • Remove mineral deposits from sink faucets and shower heads to increase flow
  • Soak your range hood filter in degreaser
  • Inspect fire extinguishers

With regular attention, your home's exterior, interior, appliances and systems should keep running smoothly, helping to save you money and increasing your peace of mind!

Family in the kitchen.

Cover home, auto & more.

Encompass Insurance offers protection for the things that matter most.

Find an agent

The general information contained in The Encompass Blog is provided as a courtesy, and is for informational and entertainment purposes only. The contents of this website are subject to periodic change without notice. Information provided on The Encompass Blog is not intended to replace official sources. Although attempts will be made to ensure that the information is accurate and timely, the information is presented "as is" and without warranties. Information contained on The Encompass Blog should not be mistaken for professional advice. Information contained herein should not be considered error-free and should not be used as the exclusive basis for decision-making. Use of website information is strictly voluntary and at the user's sole risk. We encourage you to obtain personal advice from qualified professionals when making decision regarding your specific situation.

Other resources linked from these pages are maintained by independent providers. The Encompass Blog does not monitor all linked resources and cannot guarantee their accuracy. Statements, views and opinions included in an independent provider's material are strictly those of the author(s). These views may not necessarily represent the opinions or policies of The Encompass Blog, the Encompass family of companies or its agents, officers or employees.

ECC Monitor: OK