March Home Maintenance

Use this March Home Maintenance and Safety Checklist and take preemptive measures to maintain the integrity of your home and to help protect your family.  March is a time of rejuvenation and to prepare for the spring season.

There’s a free printable checklist available for a reminder. You can get it below.

You love your family and your home – protect both and you’ll enjoy a beautiful space for years to come with your loved ones.  We know life gets busy so we’ve kept this concise and simple for you.  The printable checklist will be a handy reminder for you too. 

Included are home safety tips.  Be proactive and take small steps to protect yourself and your loved ones.

Fall asleep rest assured you took steps to ensure a safe home for your family. 

1. Check Outside Faucets

March Home Maintenance Inspect Faucets

You would think you can notice a water leak immediately, but that’s usually not the case.  Damage is often caused from a slow leak which means you won’t notice it right away.  Inspect your outside faucets to protect your property.  Learn how to inspect an outdoor faucet HERE.

2. Clean Your Garage

Organize Garage

Dirt, sludge and mud from winter tend to get tracked into the garage and trapped in spots.  Items often get stored in the garage during winter.  You may have ‘lost’ a few things in the garage during the winter months.  Take a half day, clean your garage and do some organizing.   Now is a good time to clean out the storage shed too.  Here are some great tips to consider when organizing your garage.

3. Check Exterior Water Drainage Areas

Check External Water Drainage Areas

With winter winds, leaves falling and dirt that gets trapped by sludge and ice you should check your rain gutters and down spouts.  Water blockage is a leading cause of damage to a home.  Any type of activity on the roof can pose danger.  Consider calling in a pro.  Cleaning costs average $70-$200 depending on your home. Check your ground exterior areas too.  Standing groundwater and water backups pose a risk to your foundation and other areas.  Use these tips to achieve better yard drainage.

4.  Clean Your Shower Heads

Clean Shower Heads

Dangerous bacteria can be lurking in your showerheads.  “Showerheads are great places for microbial life to persist in the home.”  Head over here to learn how to clean your showerheads and remove bacteria properly.

5. Clean Your Fan Blades 

Clean Ceiling Fan Blades

Dirt tends to gravitate on fan blades.  It’s a breeding ground for dust mites too. It’s easy to forget these areas because they’re often out of sight, however, not cleaning these regularly can be hazardous to your health.  Take a moment and clean your ceiling fans with these tips. 

6.  Check Lawn & Garden Equipment

Check Lawn and Garden Equipment

While you’re cleaning your garage (and storage shed) set aside the lawn and garden equipment.  Check to be sure they’re ready for use.  Ensure you maintain your lawn and garden equipment with these helpful tips from consumer reports.

7. Prepare Your Air Conditioner

Be ready when warm weather arrives by having your air conditioning unit prepared and ready to keep you nice and cool.  Regular maintenance on your AC unit helps with its longevity and your utility bills too.  Prepare your unit the DIY way or hire a company. If you hire someone, plan on it costing you around $125 – $450. 

8.  Clean Your Washing Machine

March Home Maintenance Clean Washer

Washing machines can be a breeding ground for bacteria if not cleaned periodically.  Cleaning your washing machine helps remove odors, keeps your machine running smoothly and helps with sanitation.  Head on over for step by step instructions for properly cleaning your washer.

9. Clean Baseboards

Clean Baseboards

Baseboards are often missed during routine cleaning.  Take some time and clean your baseboards.  Soon the windows will be open, fans running and you don’t want the dirt and grime from winter’s residue flying through your home.  These sponges help with crevices and make cleaning your baseboards a snap.  Microfiber cloth works well for sensitive areas and areas that may be prone to scratching.

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