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Your Year-Round Home Maintenance Checklist

  • Feb. 28, 2014
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Buying a home can be quite the undertaking. With the satisfaction of having a place of your own comes a never-ending list of adult chores you need to complete regularly to keep your investment in good shape.

At Besel’s, it’s been our business for more than a century to help folks in the Leavenworth-Lansing area with their home maintenance and home improvement needs. We know that resources can be tight at times, so we’ve put our heads together and created a list of tasks that homeowners should address throughout the year. Most of these you can do yourself for little cost and a short trip to the local hardware store.


Keep this list handy or visit our Facebook page for periodic reminders. And as always, if you need help, give us a call!

  • Change batteries on smoke, fire, or carbon monoxide detectors at the beginning and end of Daylight Savings Time
  • Clean gutters in the spring and fall
  • Change out the furnace filter every six months
  • Service your furnace annually
  • Service your AC annually
  • When temperatures drop below 10⁰, leave cold water taps on a slow drip
  • Reverse ceiling fan direction (summer – counterclockwise, winter — clockwise)
  • Open or close air ducts to better regulate indoor air temperature
  • Clean and replace dryer hose every five years
  • Check aluminum or vinyl siding integrity in the spring
  • Apply clear plastic insulation on interior windows while the outdoor temp is above 40⁰
  • Insert foam insulation behind outlet covers
  • Check for drafts and apply new weather stripping on exterior doors and interior garage door
  • Insulate your attic
  • Have your roof inspected twice per year and after major storms
  • Caulk window edges
  • Grout tiles in kitchen and bathrooms
  • Test your home for carbon monoxide or install a CO detector
  • Check for signs of mold or water damage

As with anything, performing regularly scheduled maintenance such as the tasks listed above can help keep your home, roof, furnace and air conditioning system in tip top shape, and can save you lots of money over time through lower heating and cooling bills!

Give us a call at 913-682-7000 today to set an appointment for us to complete a walk through, pointing out areas where, for little cost and labor, you can improve your castle.

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