1. Clean the kitchen
Home Maintenance and Safety Checklist – If you’ve been hosting holiday events, your kitchen has logged some overtime. Maybe it’s time to give it (and yourself) a break and order some takeout.
Before you cozy up on the couch, clean these parts of your kitchen so it’s fresh and well-functioning when you decide to pick up a spatula again.
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Check your range hood filter
Now that the busy season is over for your kitchen, it’s a good time to clean your range-hood filter in boiling water and baking soda. This not only rids your filter of ickiness—it helps keep your kitchen air pure. If the grease is too stubborn to clean, opt for a new filter instead.
Clean your cooling coils
Refrigerator coils are dust bunny magnets. Boost your fridge’s energy efficiency by vacuuming the coils regularly.
Double-duty cleaning brush
You can use a flexible vent cleaning brush for cleaning both your refrigerator coils and your dryer vent.
2. Get organized
Now that the holidays are over, your bedroom and shared spaces deserve some TLC. Time to make your environment conducive to all the ambitious New Year’s resolutions you have your eye on.
Create a home inventory
Make a list of the items you’d want your insurance company to know about if, heaven forbid, you lost your home in a fire or flood. Don’t forget to add any big-ticket items you got over the holidays.
Update home files
Gather up all those instruction manuals and warranties and slip them into a single file. But first, check if the instruction manuals are available online—you may be able to chuck the physical copy. While you’re organizing, start a file for all the income tax paperwork you’re getting in the mail. Call Ted at Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 to assist with all your home maintenance needs.
Pack away decorations
You’ll thank yourself next year if you take the time to coil your lights carefully and pack ornaments securely so nothing gets broken.
DIY ornament storage system
For an easy DIY ornament storage system, cut a piece of cardboard so it can lie flat in the bottom of a plastic tub. Glue plastic cups to the cardboard and place ornaments inside and around each cup. Place a second layer of cardboard and plastic cups on top of the first for another layer of storage.
If that blue sweater got eaten by the dog, how would you feel? If you wouldn’t be devastated, then let it go. Start off your new year with some breathing room by dropping the dead weight of unused items.
Winter storms can bring power outages, so it’s a good idea to check batteries and bulbs in flashlights, weather radios, and other emergency gear.
Restock your battery supply so you’ve got plenty of replacements throughout the year.
3. Do house maintenance
Hopefully you’ve already bundled up your water pipes with pipe insulation, but it’s still a good idea to check them for cracks and fractures throughout the winter. Catching a leak before it happens can save you from costly water damage.
Clean filters and vents
Inspect house structure
While you’re poking around in your attic and basement, grab a flashlight and inspect exposed beams, foundations, and your chimney for cracks, leaks, mold, and damage from pests.
4. Inspect bathrooms
Your bathrooms need some love this month too—make sure to replenish medical supplies and ward off water damage.
Replenish medical supplies
Add more bandages, burn cream, and antiseptic to your first aid kit to make up for all the holiday injuries you doctored in December. Keep plenty of cold and cough medicine and vitamin C on hand to prep for flu season.
Run water in unused spaces
It’s a good idea to flush toilets and run water in unused bathrooms to prevent frozen pipes and hard water stains. Clean your water softener to keep it in good working order. Call Ted at Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 to assist with all your home maintenance needs.
Check for mold
When it’s chilly outside, we don’t usually use bathroom windows to vent steam, and that can lead to moisture buildup. Check for mold and make sure your bathroom vent fans are working correctly.
5. Prepare for emergencies
Don’t forget to test and inspect the safety devices standing at the ready in your hallways.
Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Ensure that these life-saving devices are functional, and change batteries if necessary.
Check fire extinguishers
Kidde fire extinguishers from Home Depot are available and inexpensive
Speaking of fires, confirm that your emergency fire extinguishers are still charged. If the needle on the pressure gauge is in the green, you’re all set. Otherwise, get it recharged.
Review your emergency plan
Make sure your family knows what the alarms on the smoke detectors sound like and what to do in case of a fire. Practice!
Check out our guide to preparing kids for emergencies for tons of helpful activities and resources.
6. Upgrade outside
Check off these January to-dos for the outside of your home. These tasks protect your home exterior so you can feel safe inside.
Replace light bulbs
LED light bulbs are recommended as energy consumption and longevity.
During this dark time of year, it’s important to have working outdoor lights for your safety and home security. Replace any burnt-out bulbs.
Start researching security cameras
Clear your gutters
Clear gutters of leaves, debris, ice dams, and icicles to prevent damage to your roof and siding.
7. Keep your devices running smoothly
Once a month there are a few things you need to do to keep all of the devices around your home running smoothly and safely. The first of each month is a perfect time to do a quick checkup.
Review the list of devices connected to your Wi-Fi
To make sure that someone else isn’t using your Wi-Fi and sucking up your precious bandwidth, check the list of devices that are connected to it. For most routers this is as easy as logging into its online dashboard. Make sure to delete any devices you don’t recognize.
Reset the Wi-Fi password
Changing the Wi-Fi password every month may be a hassle, but it is a good way to prevent others from hacking into your network and potentially stealing your personal information. Make sure the password is strong with these cybersecurity tips. Call Ted at Plano Texas Handyman at 214-507-3415 to assist with all your home maintenance needs.
Run a check on your devices
Once a month you should also check on the devices around your home and make sure they’re functioning properly: