Maintenance on your home is extremely important, especially if you want to avoid costly repairs. Experts say in order to keep your home running smoothly, month by month, stick to this basic checklist:

January:

  • Clean kitchen light fixtures
  • Declutter

February:

  • Dust baseboards and vents
  • Clean light fixtures in the living and dining rooms

March:

  • Wash and fluffs pillows and bedding
  • Turn, rotate, and vacuum mattresses
  • Test and replace smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries

April:

  • Get the HVAC system serviced
  • Clean gutters
  • Check decks and wooden exterior features

May:

  • Review contents of your emergency kit
  • Clean light fixtures in the master bedroom

June:

  • Get ducts and vents cleaned
  • Wash windows inside and out
  • Check the attic
  • Clean light fixtures in other bedrooms

July:

  • Deep-clean the refrigerator and freezer
  • Clean the dishwasher
  • Dust ceilings, corners, and ceiling fans

August:

  • Get an annual inspection of the chimney and fireplace
  • Touch up paint inside and out where needed
  • Clean light fixtures in living and dining rooms

September:

  • Trim back overgrown and dead branches
  • Check caulking and weather stripping around windows and doors
  • Wash and fluff pillows and bedding
  • Test and replace smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries

October:

  • Get the HVAC system serviced
  • Vacuum or sweep the garage
  • Service and winterize outdoor equipment

November:

  • Clean gutters
  • Shut down water for winter
  • Vacuum the basement or storage areas
  • Dust baseboards and vents
  • Clean master bedroom light fixtures
  • Dust ceilings, corners, and ceiling fans

December:

  • Vacuum lampshades
  • Assess holiday decorations
  • Clean light fixtures in the bedrooms

Every month:

  • Spot-clean furniture
  • Wash kitchen and bath mats
  • Wipe switches, phones, computer keyboards, and remotes
  • Wipe down appliances

Quarterly:

  • Spot-clean walls
  • Change furnace filters
  • Clean bathroom light fixtures and exhaust fans
  • Clean window treatments and blinds
  • Clean the oven

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Information from this article found at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/home/how-to-keep-your-house-running-smoothly-month-by-month/2018/01/02/6c537712-db88-11e7-b859-fb0995360725_story.html?utm_term=.de10ee0264be​