1. Check the roof for leaks:
Look for water stains on the ceiling or walls, and check around vents and chimneys. If you find any leaks, repair them as soon as possible.
2. Clean the gutters:
Clogged gutters can cause water damage to your home's exterior. Remove any debris from the gutters and downspouts, and check for damage or corrosion. If necessary, replace worn or broken gutter parts.
3. Check the smoke detectors:
Make sure all of your smoke detectors are in working order, and replace batteries as needed.
4. Change the furnace filter:
A dirty furnace filter can reduce your furnace's efficiency and increase your energy costs. Change the filter at least once a year, or more often if it is dirty.
5. Inspect exterior walls and trim:
Look for damage such as peeling paint, cracking plaster, or rotting wood. Repair any damage as soon as possible.
6. Inspect eaves, soffits, and fascia:
Look for damage such as rotting wood, peeling paint, or insect infestation. Repair any damage as soon as possible.
7. Inspect windows and doors:
Look for drafts near windows and doors, and check for water infiltration around doors and window sills. If necessary, install weather stripping or caulking to seal gaps.
8. Test all of your home's smoke detectors:
Push the test button on each detector to make sure they are working properly. If a detector doesn't work properly, replace the battery or the detector itself.
9. Vacuum or wash your air conditioner filters every month during cooling season:
A clean air conditioner filter will improve the efficiency of your air conditioner and help keep your home's air quality.
10. Sweep porches and decks to remove leaves, branches, and other debris:
Remove leaves, branches, and other debris from porches and decks. If necessary, pressure wash or scrub the surface to remove dirt and stains.