A lot of work goes into maintaining a home. In addition to everyday tasks like vacuuming, sweeping, mopping and dusting, there are certain tasks that should be done at least a few times per year.
It’s easy to overlook these kinds of things or to let them slide, but you can avoid this by creating a biannual to-do list, setting a reminder on your phone or email, and making sure they’re done in a timely manner.
So, what kinds of things need to be done every six months or so? A few examples include:
1. Change Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Detector Batteries
Instead of waiting for your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to remind you to change the batteries, take a proactive approach and do so every six months.
In addition to ensuring that the devices are in good working order, doing this lets you avoid hearing that irritating beeping noise at random times.
2. Inspect the Attic
No one likes going up in the attic. However, this is one situation where “out of sight, out of mind” can backfire disastrously. By inspecting the attic every six months, you can detect small problems before they spiral into large ones.
From pests making themselves comfy up there to tiny leaks that could ultimately destroy your roof, giving the attic a once-over is a wise move.
Despite your best efforts, you’re sure to find stuff accumulating over time. Instead of waiting until things reach hoarder-like levels, make a point of going through the house collecting things you can donate, sell or throw away.
Do it even if it doesn’t feel like the house is too cluttered. In the long run, it’ll save you from dealing with massive piles of stuff.
4. Clean Your Refrigerator Coils
In most homes, the refrigerator accounts for 15 percent of energy costs. Even if you have an energy efficient fridge, its efficiency can dwindle away as its coils become clogged with dust and other debris.
Twice a year, pull the fridge away from the wall and vacuum its coils. Doing this can save you up to $100 per year.
5. Clear All Drains
Nothing is worse than a sink or bathtub that drains slowly. Rather than waiting for this to happen, go through the house clearing the drains two times per year.
They sell a long, plastic thing with spikes at Home Depot that does a really good job. Use a regular plumbing snake for the bathtub drain.
6. Inspect the Water Heater
Because it’s typically in the basement, the water heater is often overlooked – at least, until something goes wrong. Take a peek at yours twice a year.
Look for mineral buildup, signs of corrosion and evidence of leaks. By catching these things early, you may be able to avoid a flooded basement or other expensive problems.
7. Deep Clean Your Carpets
If you have carpets in your home, vacuuming alone isn’t enough. Every six months or so, pay to have them professionally cleaned. This deep cleaning will go a long way toward keeping them like new for a long time to come.
By taking care of these tasks every six months or so, your household will keep humming right along without any issues.