Maintenance Checklist

Routine home maintenance is a simple way to keep your new home functioning properly and problem free. You can also find more tips online, at Tarion.com.

Controlling the moisture in your new home is very important. New homes are built with special care to seal out the cold weather in the winter and keep in the cool air in the summer. There are guidelines for properly ventilating your home. Excess moisture in your new home can cause damage that would not be covered by the warranty. We recommend using your home’s ventilation system to control moisture, bathroom fans; kitchen range hoods also help control moisture levels.

Your home warranty covers problems related directly to the construction of your home. An issue that may arise from a lack of regular maintenance is not covered. A clean home, inside and out, can increase the longevity of your home.

Spring

MARCH

  • Clean furnace filter and heat recovery ventilator (HRV if installed)
  • Check attic
  • Check sump pump (if installed)
  • Clean humidifier
  • Remove snow and ice from overhang and vents
  • Check and reset ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

April

  • Check eaves troughs and downspouts
  • Clean furnace filter and HRV
  • Clean humidifier
  • Inspect basement or crawl spaces
  • Check roof for loose or cracked shingles
  • Check driveways and walks for frost damage
  • Check water heater for leaks
  • Turn on exterior water supply
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

MAY:

  • Inspect fences
  • Check caulking for air and water leaks
  • Lubricate weatherstripping
  • Check exterior finishes
  • Check windows and screens are operating properly
  • Check and reset GFCI
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

Summer

JUNE

  • Inspect air conditioning (if installed)
  • Check roof
  • Check sheds and garages
  • Check sealing around windows and doors
  • Fertilize lawn
  • Check water heater
  • Check and reset ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)
  • Test smoke and carbone monoxide detectors      

 JULY

  • Air out damp basements on dry, sunny day
  • Clean air conditioner (if installed)
  • Check exhaust fans
  • Check water heater for leaks
  • Check and reset GFCI
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

AUGUST

  • Clean air conditioner (if installed)
  • Air out damp basements on dry, sunny days
  • Inspect driveways and walks
  • Inspect doors and locks
  • Check and reset GFCI
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

Fall

SEPTEMBER

  • Check exterior finishes
  • Check garage door tracks and lubricate bearings
  • Check caulking for air and water leaks
  • Plant new lawn
  • Check fireplace and chimney
  • Check basement or crawl spaces
  • Have humidifier, furnace and HRV serviced
  • Check clothes dryer vent
  • Check and reset ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

OCTOBER

  • Check windows and screens
  • Drain exterior water lines
  • Check roof including shingles, flashing and vents
  • Check weatherstripping
  • Check sealing around windows and doors
  • Winterize landscaping and remove leaves
  • Clean furnace filter and HRV
  • Clean water heater
  • Shut off exterior water supply
  • Check eaves troughs and downspouts
  • Clean humidifier
  • Check and reset GFCI
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

NOVEMBER

  • Inspect furnace filter. Clean or replace as necessary.
  • Check water heater for leaks.
  • Inspect humidifier and set control to appropriate setting.
  • Check range hood filter and clean if necessary.
  • Clear lint from clothes dryer exterior vent.
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

Winter

DECEMBER

  • Check air ducts
  • Check for excessive snow on roof
  • Clean furnace filter and heat recovery ventilator (HRV)
  • Clean humidifier
  • Check and reset ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

JANUARY

  • Clean furnace filter and HRV
  • Check furnace fan belt
  • Check water heater
  • Check exhaust fans
  • Clean humidifier
  • Remove snow and ice from roof overhang/vents
  • Check and reset GFCI
  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

FEBRUARY

  • Clean furnace filter and HRV
  • Check inside surfaces
  • Remove snow and ice from roof overhang/vents
  • Check and reset GFCI