As a homeowner, there's a lot to keep track of with respect to periodic maintenance. Safeguarding against risks and assessing trouble spots can help save time and money in the long term—as well as giving you peace of mind and helping to keep your family safe.
Your home isn't just a building; it also contains all the systems that help your family with your day-to-day life, from the water heater to the heating and cooling system to the smoke detectors. By keeping these systems in good working order, you can help to minimize any disruptions to your family's life.
A newly constructed home outfitted with a new heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system, hot water heater and carbon monoxide alarm will probably need little maintenance for the first year. This is the time to read the owner's manual for these systems and appliances, taking note of when they should be maintained. If you don't have the owner's manual for some reason, contact the manufacturer to request one, or sometimes, you can find the manual posted on the manufacturer's website.
No matter the age of your home, you'll still probably need to do the following tasks:
After that first year, there are other maintenance tasks to keep in mind, from roof inspections to maintenance of the underground sprinkler systems.
Some home maintenance tasks are tied to the seasons. For example, it's a good idea to clean your gutters before winter sets in, or to inspect your air-conditioning system before the heat of the summer.
It's a good idea to know the manufacturers' suggestions for these various tasks, and to perform them yourself or hire a professional to do so regularly. Allstate's Maintenance Reminder tool can help keep you on schedule.