Our January Home Maintenance tips are intended to help you get a head start on a pristine year!
If you’ve been hosting holiday events, your kitchen has logged some overtime. Maybe it’s time to give it (and yourself) a break and order some takeout.
Before you cozy up on the couch, clean these parts of your kitchen so it’s fresh and well-functioning when you decide to pick up a spatula again.
Check Your Range Hood Filter
Now that the busy season is over for your kitchen, it’s a good time to clean your range-hood filter in boiling water and baking soda. This not only rids your filter of ickiness—it helps keep your kitchen air pure. If the grease is too stubborn to clean, opt for a new filter instead.
Clean Your Cooling Coils
Refrigerator coils are dust bunny magnets. Boost your fridge’s energy efficiency by vacuuming the coils regularly.
2. Bedrooms and Living Areas
Now that the holidays are over, your bedroom and shared spaces deserve some TLC. Time to make your environment conducive to all the ambitious New Year’s resolutions you may or may not achieve.
If that blue sweater got eaten by the dog, how would you feel? If you wouldn’t be devastated, then let it go. Start off your new year with some breathing room by dropping the dead weight of unused items.
Winter storms can bring power outages, so it’s a good idea to check batteries and bulbs in flashlights and weather radios and restock your battery supply.
Create a Home Inventory
Make a list of the items you’d want your insurance company to know about if, heaven forbid, you lost your home in a fire or flood. Don’t forget to add any big-ticket items you got over the holidays.
Update Home Files
Gather up all those instruction manuals and warranties and slip them into a single file. But first, check if the instruction manuals are available online—you may be able to chuck the physical copy. While you’re organizing, start a file for all the income tax paperwork you’re getting in the mail.
3. Attics and Basements
Hopefully, you’ve already bundled up your water pipes with pipe insulation, but it’s still a good idea to check them for cracks and fractures throughout the winter. Catching the warning signs of a leak before it happens can save you from costly water damage.
Pack Away Decorations
You’ll thank yourself next year if you take the time to coil your lights carefully and pack ornaments securely so nothing gets broken.
Clean Filters and Vents
If you didn’t change your furnace filter as part of your December Home Maintenance Checklist, now is the time. Clear debris from your dryer vents and other air vents so you can breathe easy.
Inspect House Structure
While you’re poking around in your attic and basement, grab a flashlight and inspect exposed beams, foundations, and your chimney for cracks, leaks, mold, and damage from pests.
If your attic insulation is less than 12″ deep, it’s time to contact a professional to add more. Keeping your home well-insulated can lower your energy bills.
Your bathrooms need some love this month too—make sure to replenish medical supplies and ward off water damage.
Replenish Medical Supplies
Add more bandages, burn cream, and antiseptic to your first aid kit to make up for all the holiday injuries you doctored in December. Keep plenty of cold and cough medicine and vitamin C on hand to prep for flu season.
Run Water in Unused Spaces
It’s a good idea to flush toilets and run water in unused bathrooms to prevent frozen pipes and hard water stains. Clean your water softener to keep it in good working order.
Check for Mold
When it’s chilly outside, we don’t usually use bathroom windows to vent steam, and that can lead to moisture buildup. Check for mold and make sure your bathroom vent fans are working correctly.
Don’t forget the hallways. Your hallway to-do list for January won’t take long to execute, and it will thoroughly prepare you for emergencies.
Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
Ensure that these life-saving devices are functional, and change batteries if necessary.
Review Your Emergency Plan
Make sure your family knows what the alarms on the smoke detectors sound like and what to do in case of a fire. Practice!
Check Fire Extinguishers
Speaking of fires, confirm that your emergency fire extinguishers are still charged. If the needle on the pressure gauge is in the green, you’re all set. Otherwise, get it recharged.
Last but not least, check off these January to-dos for the outside of your home. These tasks protect your home exterior so you can feel safe inside.
Clear Your Gutters
Clear gutters of leaves, debris, ice dams, and icicles to prevent damage to your roof and siding. We can help! Learn more about our professional gutter cleaning services!
Pressure wash your home exterior
In our climate, January is a great time to make the outside of your home just as clean as your home interior. Learn more about our residential pressure washing services here!
Replace Light Bulbs
During this dark time of year, it’s important to have working outdoor lights for your safety and home security. Replace any burnt-out bulbs.