Bob Vila Radio is a newly launched daily radio spot carried on more than 60 stations around the country (and growing). You can get your daily dose here, by listening—or reading—to Bob’s 60-second home improvement radio tip of the day. Today, it’s all about the Maintenance Checklist.
Listen to BOB VILA ON THE MAINTENANCE CHECKLIST, or read text below:
If you’re wondering what should go on your twice-a-year home maintenance list, take a top-to-bottom approach! Grab some binoculars and look for wear and tear on your chimney, roof shingles, trim and siding. Check your attic for leaks around vents, skylights and chimneys and have the chimney cleaned yearly. Remove or cover your window AC units and check the airseals on windows and doors.
Do a safety check of your fire extinguishers and change the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors as you test them. If you live where it freezes, drain your outdoor spigot in the fall. Check and clean anything that moves air: furnace filters, dryer vent, vent fans, and air registers, and don’t forget those coils under the fridge! Have your heat or AC serviced and look for moisture in the basement; once you get to the bottom of your house, you should be at the bottom of your list!
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