There are certain times of the year when being a homeowner is hard work, and right now is one of them! It can be hard to stay on top of everything you need to do to prepare for the summer season, so we thought we’d put together a little May Home Check List to make life easier. At the bottom of this blog post, you can copy and paste the list into a separate document to view/print whenever you need!
Your MAY Home Check List:
Check safety devices – smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, etc.
Safety is always our number one priority! Press and hold the test button on the smoke detector. It can take a few seconds to begin, but a loud, ear-piercing siren should emanate from the smoke detector while the button is pressed. If the sound is weak or nonexistent, replace your batteries.
Gutters are an integral piece of your home’s well-being. They serve to control the flow of rainwater to protect your roof, walls, foundation and landscape. A gutterclogged with leaves, sticks and other debris can cause a leaky roof or water damage to the interior or exterior of your home.
Bedroom refresh – flip/rotate mattress and swap duvet for something lighter
If you have a spring mattress, flipping is essential to ensure it will last longer and not stay warped to your body’s shape. Fresh, lighter linens leave you feeling cool in the heat (plus, it feels good too!).
Dust, dust, dust. Especially your ceiling fan blades!
We’ve all been through that dreaded experience when you finally turn off your ceiling fan after being on full blast for months and notice the inch of dust that’s collected on the blades–eek! Although it’s best to maintain this on a continual basis, we thought we’d put this on your May Home Checklist to remind you — it’s time! Not sure the best way how? Try one of these!
Steam clean carpet and rugs
You can easily rent a steam carpet cleaner and do it yourself, but there are also some great experts out there who can do it for you with way less hassle and in half the time. There’s absolutely NO better feeling and should be done once a year.
Change furnace air filters
When was the last time you gave any thought to your home’s furnace filter? If you haven’t replaced your air filter in a while, now is the time to think about it. Why you ask? It can help extend the life of your HVAC unit, keep energy costs down, maintain healthy air quality and leave you with a clean peace of mind.
Service air conditioning unit
An air conditioner’s filters, coils, and fins require regular maintenance for the unit to function effectively and efficiently throughout its years of service. Neglecting necessary maintenance ensures a steady decline in air conditioning performance while energy use steadily increases.
Paint or stain exterior and deck
Unfortunately, for exposed decks, they need to be re-stained every few years. Even the best stain fades eventually; especially in high-traffic areas. An older painted deck will eventually need a new paint job, or you might consider stripping and staining it. Stain on a deck will only last a few years. As a homeowner, you’ll have to decide how to keep your deck looking its best. Proper maintenance is an unavoidable cost that comes with enjoying a gorgeous deck.
Give patio furniture a good clean.
Patio furniture comes in a variety of materials, all of which require different methods for cleaning. We found this awesome article that breaks down the best ways to clean each of them.
Add some pop’s of colour – throw pillows, fresh flowers, etc.
Because the season is only here for a good time, not a long time. So make the most of it!
Your MAY Home Check List:
☐ Check safety devices – smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, etc.
☐ Clean gutters
☐ Bedroom refresh – flip/rotate mattress, swap duvet for something lighter
☐ Dust, dust, dust! Ceiling fan blades etc.
☐ Steam clean carpet and rugs
☐ Change furnace air filters
☐ Service air conditioning unit
☐ Paint or stain exterior
☐ Clean patio furniture
☐ Add some pop’s of colour – throw pillows, fresh flowers, etc.