Charleston Home Maintenance Checklist for Winter

Charleston, Battery, East Bay Street, Charleston, Historic Antebellum Homes
January 8, 2017

The start of a new year is a great time to get organized and be proactive about taking care of what is likely your largest investment: your Charleston real estate investment. Owning and caring for a home can be overwhelming at times, but with a little organization and a commitment to take one weekend a season to perform routine maintenance and inspections, staying on top of home maintenance is a breeze. Here’s what’s at the top of our list for preventative home maintenance tasks for the winter months:

Roof:

Check the roof and around vents, skylights and chimneys for leaks. Repair as necessary. If you have an older roof, this is also a good time of year to have it professionally inspected to see if any significant maintenance is required.

Gutters:

Now that the autumn foliage has fallen, it’s time to clean the gutters and drain pipes so trapped leaves and other debris don’t clog them. While you’re doing this, be sure the gutters drain away from the house to prevent water from seeping inside or under your crawl space, where mold and mildew can accumulate.

Siding and Decking:

Look for cracks and holes in house siding or paint, which will be more apparent in the winter’s colder, dryer temperatures. Replace caulk if necessary.

Screens:

This is a good time of year to inspect your screens, repair any holes or tears and replace any missing or badly damaged screens – that way you’ll be ready to open the windows when warmer weather arrives. While you’re working on the windows, wash them inside and out – you’ll be surprised at how much brighter your home looks!

Garage:

We’re fortunate in the Lowcountry to have milder days in the winter, so it’s a good time to tackle outdoor jobs like cleaning out the garage. While you’re at it, discard old fertilizers and other lawn and garden supplies, inspect your lawn mower and perform any necessary maintenance, and get your other yard care supplies and equipment in order for spring.

Venting:

Perform a quarterly check on the venting systems in your home: Check your dryer vent and clean out any accumulated lint; Check and clean the stove hood; Make sure heating and cooling vents are clean and free from furniture and draperies.

Filters:

Your “home maintenance weekend” is a good time to clean or replace air filters (which ideally should be replaced once a month).

Safety Check:

Ensure that all smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers are in good working order. Replace batteries in appropriate devices as needed, or at least twice each year.

Make some time this winter to attend to your home: It will give you peace of mind and in the long run may help prevent larger damages and repairs!