Are you a new (or not so new) homeowner and unsure of how often you should be getting things done around the house? Then look through this list of maintenance items that you should consider getting done. These are things that often times get left undone until things get really bad. Planning ahead will save you a headache (and potentially money) down the line.

  1. Painting the Exterior of the house. You should get the exterior of your house repainted every 10-15 years. This helps to keep your house looking fresh and in good condition.
  2. Sealcoating your pavement. Your pavement needs to be seal coated every 5 years in order to keep it in top shape so that it’ll last year upwards of 30-40 years. You don’t want to pay to re-do your pavement. Sealcoating helps to protect the pavement from external elements. It’s best to schedule regular maintenance every 5 years and get your pavement seal coated before it starts to crack and cause trouble.
  3. Refinish your hardwood floors. Hardwood floors take a lot and eventually will need to be refinished. In order to tell if your hardwood floors need refinishing take some water and drop a couple drops on the warmest part of your hardwood floors. If the water pools on top it means that your hardwood floor still has the protective sealing on it, but if it soaks right through then it’s time to get your floors refinished.
  4. Clear out your gutters. Every spring make sure that you clear out your gutters before the rainy season. This will help to make sure that everything flows properly and there are no build-ups happening in your gutters
  5. Check trees. The worst thing that could happen is you have a dead tree on your property that falls during a storm. Every Fall and Spring you should do a walk around your yard to notice if there are any potential dead trees or limbs that need cutting.

After reading this article, I encourage you to sit down and write out the last time you did any of these maintenance activities and then create a schedule of when you are going to do them next. It’s best to spread it out so as not to overwhelm yourself too much.