January Home Maintenance & Safety Checklist

January Home Maintenance & Safety Checklist

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We know life gets busy so we’ve kept this concise and simple for you. Included in this article are home some good safety tips.  Be proactive and take small steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. 

Fall asleep rest assured you took steps to ensure a safe home for your family!

1. DECIDE ON HOME PROJECTS 

Home Projects

Use this month’s indoor time and review home maintenance projects you’d like to accomplish this year. 

Be sure to write them down.  Studies show if you write your goals down you’re more likely to achieve them.

Use the resource book below. It offers ideas, suggestions and “how to’s” for home maintenance and other home projects. 

You’ll find over 600 home projects, thousands of photos, charts and graphs in it. 

2. WIPE DOWN KITCHEN CABINETS AND HARDWARE

arm wiping kitchen cabinets

Holiday cooking and entertaining can leave the kitchen with splatters of grease and other remnants that made their way to your kitchen cabinets and hardware.

Carve out time and give your kitchen cabinets and hardware a good wipe down.

3. UPDATE YOUR HOME INVENTORY LIST

Home accidents and disasters can and do happen. Be prepared with a current home inventory list in the event you need to file a home insurance claim.

It’s such a stressful time and the last thing you want to do is spend a lot of time and energy trying to remember all the items you lost in your home when filing a home insurance claim. 

If you don’t have a home inventory list, start one now.  If you do have one make sure it’s updated.

Use these excellent tips from State Farm Insurance on how to create a home inventory list.

4. CHANGE WATER FILTERS

person changing water filters

Water filters should be replaced once or twice a year (or as recommended by the manufacturer).  The size of your household and usage affects this too.

Thinking about adding more water filter systems to your home? Check out this water filter buying guide from Consumer Reports.

5. CREATE SAFE OUTDOOR LANDSCAPING

home landscape plants outdoor garden lights flowers

Create safe and beautiful outdoor areas that offer a stunning landscape to your home.

Good landscape design can add up to 20% of your home’s value.   Poor landscaping has an adverse effect.

Take time and brainstorms ways to improve your landscape design and outdoor safety features before warmer weather approaches.

Add lighting to entryways and garden pathways, to decks and around trees for safety and ambiance. 

6. CLEAN AND ORGANIZE CLOSETS

While it’s colder outside, take advantage of your indoor time and clean and organize your closets.
January is a great time to clean out your closets.  Use leftover boxes from the holidays to pack unused items and donate them.

Clean, organized closets are a great way to start a new year. Use this guide to give you ideas to have the ultimate organized closets.

7. WASH BLANKETS AND COMFORTERS

teen girl on a couch with a blanket wrapped around her

Your family room blankets have probably had a lot of use during the holidays and cold months. Take time and wash all of them. 

You’ll love the softness and scent of freshly laundered blankets while you’re binging on your favorite shows!

With our team at A Better Home Inspection, we’ve been your neighborhood home inspection company since 1988. Our staff has helped many California homeowners maintain their houses – Please call us at 619-514-4699 and schedule today!

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