If you’re lucky enough to own a vacation home, you’ll know just how important regular vacation home maintenance is in order to keep it in tip-top condition all year round. In an effort to help simplify the process, we’ve put together an annual vacation home maintenance checklist for your convenience.
Spring and Summer Home Maintenance
This is the perfect time to give your vacation home a new lease on life by cleaning and maintaining your home to be ready for your next winter visit. Some of the areas to be checked for maintenance are:
Check the exterior of the home for the following:
Crack or movement in concrete
Holes that needs repairing
Gutters – do they need cleaning or any maintenance
Windows and doors – check for damaged or rotted wood and reseal or replace, reapply exterior caulk if the gap around the door or window is wider than a nickel.
Check the irrigation system for leaks and/or rusting and ensure it is set for early morning
Check the lawn for potential drainage problems
Prune and fertilize garden
Spring Clean the exterior of your home – walls and paving with pressure hosts to remove dirt, mold, stains, etc.
Service the Air Conditioning System
Trim shrubs and trees close to the house to ensure they do not touch the roof or walls
Mosquito Treatment. Check your property for possible mosquito breeding areas and clear them.
Winter and Fall Home Maintenance
Keep a close eye on any cracks in your vacation home’s foundation and repair them before the spring with caulk or silicone.
Keep the water pressure strong in the shower(s) by removing the showerheads and cleaning out all the mineral deposits.
Change Air filters
Replace smoke detector batteries and carbo monoxide detector batteries
Clean Garbage disposal
Weatherproof your windows and give them a good deep clean
Clear dead plants and shrubs around the foundation of your home to avoid damage to the structure
Check the heating system if you have one for those couple of days of cold weather.
Do minor repairs
Cooler months are ideal for installation or transplanting trees and woody ornamental shrubs.