Home Maintenance and Repairs Checklist

A stitch in time saves nine. Or is that $9,000?

Is this you?

  • You have a billion tasks that need to be done at home, and you’ve been waiting forever for your husband to crack open a tool kit.
  • You’re frequently home alone and have time take care of home maintenance, but have nowhere to start.
  • You’ve received a few quotes from tradies, but feel like they’re overcharging you – big time.
  • You’re a smart woman – and you’re entirely capable of taking care of the basics.
  • You adore your home, and you’re willing to take charge to prevent your home from depreciating in value with planned and preventative maintenance.

Yes?    You’ve come to the right place.

Women need to know how to respond to home maintenance emergencies, and we should be able to undertake routine maintenance tasks on our own.  Ideally, you also need to know when to call in a qualified trades person to get the job done.

Ignoring problems around the home is costly, particularly when you ignore them or there’s no one around manage them for you. That’s where planned and preventative maintenance comes in: it’s less time consuming and less costly than letting problems boil over.

But I get it; finding time to clean out the gutters or maintain timber surfaces is hard.  If you are anything like me, home maintenance is like, 116th on your list of things to do this week. I would rather save for a holiday, or redecorate my home!

That’s why I created this checklist – to save you time, energy and money while taking care of your home.

Your Month-by-Month Home Maintenance and Repairs Check List

Want to make things easier on yourself?

Are you ready to get your hands dirty and take care of your home?

SheBuilds is making it that bit easier with our simple checklist of just ten things you should do around the home each year.

That’s just one Sunday arvo a month with a couple of breaks thrown in for good measure!

I reckon you could easily delegate a few of them to your local handyman or your teenager, or as last resort to employing your significant (-ly useless) other.  Your home, the health of its occupants and your long term bank balance will thank you for it.

SheBuilds Monthly Maintenance - Southern States of Australia

SheBuilds Monthly Maintenance – Southern States of Australia

  • January – Are you kidding me? Get out the banana lounge and stuff housework. Enjoy the break!
  • February – Spend some time outside while the weather is good check your exterior timber to see where you need to do some maintenance and look out for wood rot. Sand, patch, paint and reseal these timber surfaces to extend their useful life.
  • March – Maintain any exterior decks, balconies, steps and railings or patio and shade structures. Check for loose fittings, rusted joins, cracks, loose boards or protruding fixings.
  • April – Clear out your gutters of any summer leaf litter and debris.  Ensure water is free draining in your gutters and the down pipes are draining into storm water outlets.
  • May – Call up a professional to check your heating. While the guy is there, have gas heaters and appliances serviced and checked for leaks.  If you’re using a split system for heating, clean out the vents. If you have underfloor ducted heating, consider getting your vents cleaned out.  Can you install any weather strip shielding to stop heat leaks?
  • June – Check for standing water and site drainage.  Is there water pooling against the side of your home or anywhere on your site?  Does the slope of the land act to direct water towards the perimeter of your home instead of draining away from it?  Is the area under your home (your sub-floor) damp even when it hasn’t been raining?  You can use passive design measures to divert water away from the sub-floor if needed.
  • July – Check your internal water works: do any washers need replacing, drains need clearing or wet areas or grout need fresh seals or touch ups?
  • August – Take a break – you deserve it. Go somewhere sunny.
  • September – Do you live in a fire prone area?  This may be your last opportunity to burn off garden refuse or waste and create fire breaks. You should also clear gutters and cut back overhanging foliage to reduce your fire risks.
  • October – Get a preventative pest spray and an annual termite inspection done (unless you’re in Tassie).  The little beggars get busy by Melbourne Cup time.
  • November – Do you have a pool?  Ensure you check your pool fence each year, before the weather makes it attractive for inquiring young minds.  You should check it for any rust or corrosion, loose fixtures (screws etc)  and make sure no climbable objects have been stored against the fence. Also check that the gate still swings shut on its own accord and check for breaks in the barrier.
  • December – Pour yourself some champas and give yourself a break.

She Builds Monthly Maintenance - Northern States

She Builds Monthly Maintenance – Northern States

  • January – Are you kidding me? Get out the banana lounge and stuff housework. Enjoy the break!
  • February – Check for standing water and site drainage.  Is there water pooling against the side of your home or anywhere on your site during heavy downpours?  Do you need to re-level paving? Try to direct water away from your house and keep the subfloor as dry as you can.
  • March – Deal with mould and any internal ventilation issues.  When it’s humid and condensation occurs internally, mould can get the better of you. Likely culprits include any wet area and areas with poor ventilation like cupboards and storage areas.  Clean and clear any mould before it takes over!
  • April  – Maintain any exterior decks, balconies, steps, railings, patio and shade structures. Check for loose fittings, rusted joins, cracks, loose boards or protruding fixings.
  • May – Your air conditioners have probably been in high use all summer so give them a little bit of love by cleaning out the vents.
  • June – Spend some time outside while the weather is good and maintain any external timbers, check for wood rot, sand, patch, paint and reseal surfaces to extend their useful life.
  • July – Everything degrades that bit faster in the tropical heat, so you can spend some more of those beautiful, northern winter months doing the maintenance you didn’t get around to in June …
  • August – Do you have a pool?  Ensure you check your pool fence before it starts to heat up again, and make sure no climbable objects have been stored against the fence. Check that the gate still swings shut on its own accord and check for breaks in the barrier.
  • September – Cyclone time!  Do a whip around the yard and your home to make sure any items that could be stowed away or secured are.  Clean and clear your gutters.  Check your stormwater grates aren’t blocked to make sure they will cope in a sudden down storm.  Make sure you have torches batteries and an emergency ration kit all stocked up.
  • October – It’s termite season all year round when you live in the tropics.  Time for annual termite inspection! Try to stay ahead of household pests with a preventative pest treatment.
  • November – I bet everything is growing like crazy right now! Take a moment to cut back trees and bushes that overhang your roof, and especially if they are near any services or power lines. Keeping vegetation under control and retained away from the base perimeter of your home also helps with ventilation.
  • December – Put down your tools you maniac – it’s  stinking hot! Go inside and give yourself a break.
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