Northern Virginia, DC & Maryland Real Estate

Summer Maintenance Checklist

  • Deep clean carpets and rugs
  • Clean refrigerator coils and fan areas. Clean frost-free refrigerator drain pan
  • Vacuum bathroom fan grille
  • Clean out exhaust fans as dust collects and is a fire hazard.
  • Disconnect the dryer duct and vacuum lint from duct & adjacent areas
  • Check security of all guardrails and handrails
  • Lubricate garage door hardware and ensure it is operating properly
  • Check smooth functioning of all windows and lubricate as required
  • Inspect window putty on outside of glass panes and replace if needed
  • Lubricate door hinges and tighten screws as needed
  • Lubricate bi-fold and by-pass doors if needed
  • Clean sliding door tracks with a silicone spray (not oil)
  • Lubricate automatic garage door opener motor, chain, etc. and ensure that the auto-reverse mechanism is properly adjusted
  • Monitor basement humidity and avoid relative humidity levels above 60 per cent. Use a dehumidifier to maintain safe relative humidity
  • Check basement pipes for condensation or dripping, and take corrective action, for example, reduce humidity and or insulate cold water pipes
  • Check the basement floor drain to ensure the trap contains water. Refill with water if necessary
  • Inspect electrical service lines for secure attachment where they enter your house, and make sure there is no water leakage into the house along the electrical conduit
  • Check exterior wood siding and trim for signs of deterioration; clean, replace or refinish as needed
  • Check for and seal off any holes in exterior cladding that could be an entry point for small pests
  • Remove any plants that contact, or roots that penetrate the siding or brick
  • Repair driveway and walkways as needed
  • Repair any damaged steps that present a safety problem.
  • Pressure clean roof tiles, pool deck, driveway and walks