Top 10 Home Maintenance Tips
We understand the feeling of relief once your property documentation and legal processes are done! While buying a new home may seem like a herculean task, home ownership does not just end there.
At first, home maintenance may seem intimidating and laborious. However, the results are always rewarding! Consistent residential cleaning can save you money in the long run. In most cases, you can perform home maintenance tasks on your own, even with no prior experience!
However, we do understand that these tasks may be overwhelming, especially if you are a first-time homeowner. It can be difficult to keep a track of things, while also balancing other aspects of your life.
Hence, we have curated a comprehensive home maintenance/ home cleaning checklist to make your job easier!
Monthly Residential Cleaning Tasks:
1. Inspect drains
It is important to regularly check your sink/ washbasin drains to ensure debris is not accumulated. If it is clogged, a quick home remedy is to mix equal amounts of baking soda and vinegar in a cup. Pour the solution into the drain and wait for it to bubble. When it subsides, you can put a stopper and wait for another 15 minutes. Once this is done, slowly pour boiling water to clear your drain!
2. Clean showerheads, bathroom taps
Don’t forget to remove the mineral deposits on your showerheads and bathroom taps as part of your cleaning home process! This can avoid rust formation in the future.
3. Flush toilets/ Run water in unused restrooms
This home maintenance tip is important for individuals who have guest rooms, or rooms that are not regularly used in their house. This is to prevent any kind of dirt build-up due to water accumulation.
Biannual Home Cleaning Tasks:
4. Water the inverter batteries
If you have an inverter at home, it is imperative to re-fill the batteries with distilled water as part of your biannual home maintenance tasks. You can easily buy distilled water cans in supermarkets, pharmacies in India. This tip will help increase the shelf life of batteries and improve their efficiency.
While watering your plants/ garden daily is important, you must clean them periodically as well. Here are some important tips to remember:
-Pluck weeds and remove unnecessary debris from your plant pots/ garden.
-Inspect for bugs/ insects on your plants. (To make a simple, homemade insecticide, mix one and a half teaspoons of mild liquid soap with a litre of water. You can spray the solution directly on the affected areas of the plant. Ensure that you spray the solution only during the evenings/ early mornings. )
If you are looking for indoor garden ideas, we have a comprehensive blog on unique kitchen gardening ideas to spruce up your living space!
6. Dust your entire house
One of the most important home cleaning tasks is to dust your entire house, once every few months. Clean all your furniture, ceiling fans, windows, and appliances. Don’t forget to cover door edges or other places where it might get ruined by excess water. If you have toddlers at home, it is crucial to have a good lock system in place for your doors and windows. We also have an in-depth checklist on child safety at home that you can refer to.
Annual Home Maintenance Tasks
7. Clean your AC filter
The most important annual cleaning home task is to ensure your air conditioning (AC) filter is running efficiently. If you have a reusable AC filter, it can simply be washed under running water and reused. You can skip this step if your AC is compatible with auto-cleaning mode.
8. Check roof surface for damages
You need to check your roof surface for wall cracks, paint chipping, holes, or any other damage. If you find damages, be sure to contact a roofing contractor in your area immediately.
9. Clean your kitchen chimney
Cleaning your chimney once a year can ensure a continual flow of smoke from your kitchen. The soot build-up can be cleaned by a professional chimney sweep. You can contact your nearest kitchen cleaning/ repair services company for more information.
10. Re-paint your home!
You can check the exterior of your house for paint chipping. It is recommended that you touch-up the exterior of your house at least once a year. You can either do this activity by yourself, or you can hire a professional for re-painting.
Note: Do not re-paint your house during the monsoon season as rain can damage wet paint.
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