25 Maintenance Items to Do Every Year

  1. Replace dim or broken lightbulbs to ensure adequate light throughout your property.
  2. Have your dryer vent cleaned. Build-up of lint or dust leads to thousands of dryer fires each year.
  3. Inspect your roof for missing or damaged shingles.
  4. Remove weeds, plants and shrubs from around your property's foundation.
  5. Replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
  6. Inspect your oil tank for leaks or rust.
  7. Check carpets and rugs for tears or areas of lifting.
  8. Inspect your walkway and/or stairs leading to your property to make sure no hazards exist, such as lifting concrete.
  9. Test sprinkler systems.
  10. Clear air ducts and other ventilation systems.
  11. Check and reapply sealants as necessary. Sealants include things such as decks, and window caulking.
  12. Consider having a pest control specialist visit your condo or multi-unit property once per year, even if tenants have not complained about pests. Insects such as cockroaches and termites can triple their population in a matter of days and quickly infest an entire property.
  13. Clean gutters and check for holes to allow free water drainage and prevent ice dams.
  14. Check your local property laws to see if an annual heating system inspection is required.
  15. Have your chimney professionally cleaned.
  16. Trim tree branches and shrubbery that have grown too close to windows, doors or the exterior of your building.
  17. Power wash siding and windows to remove dust and mold buildup.
  18. Check insulation around pipes.
  19. Inspect washing machine hoses and replace those that show signs of wear or leakage.
  20. Test fire extinguishers and make sure they are available in all common areas.
  21. Check any decks or wooden patios for hazards such as protruding nails or loose boards.
  22. Have your roof inspected and identify problem areas that might need replacing.
  23. Check electrical outlets for hazards such as fraying wires or loose-fitting plugs.
  24. Check lightbulbs in common area light fixtures to make sure fluorescent bulbs of the same wattage recommended by the manufacturer are installed. Fluorescent bulbs give off less heat.
  25. Check for water stains, rotting wood or peeling paint, as these may be signs of water damage.