Home Service Checklist

Real Estate Agent with Portland Vancouver Homes

Home Service Checklist

Prevent major repairs by creating a maintenance plan for your house. Protect your home's value!

*Remember to disconnect all power cords, or shut off power and gas before you clean, service or repair any system that is connected to electricity or gas. 

Home Service Checklist


Drain 2 gallons of water from your water heater to remove sediment from the bottom of the tank

Replace the carbon filter cartridge (water filter)

Test your smoke alarms

Inspect your fire extinguisher

In winter, check your chimney for criesote build up

Vacuum the elements on baseboard and/or wall heaters

Change the filter in your forced air furnace

In summer check the air filter in the vents or central system

Check circuit breakers and fuses, call an electician if you have a circuit that continually trips

Home Service Checklist


Cover your window air conditioning unit

Seal the attic fan iwth an airtight cover

Check fireplace damper, make sure it opens and closes correctly, clean if necessary

Clean the wood stove or inside of the fireplace

Check chimney for bird nests and cracks

Shut off water to outside faucets, drain water lines, insulate hose bibs

Remove leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts

Remove all debris and leaves from outside condensing unit (heat pump,etc.)

Check weather strippin around windows and doors

Check foundation vents, some require styrofoam covers, others may need vents cleaned to provide circulation

Inspect inside faucets, hose bibs, and toilet shutoff valves for leaks

Home Service Checklist


Clean smoke alarms and change batteries

Completely drain the water heater flush out scale and sediment

Check sludge level in septic tank, call to have pumped if necessary

Lubricate the fan on your forced air furnace

Clean the room air conditioners and heaters

Check driveway and sidewalks for cracks

Check fences and gates for sturdiness and functionality

Inspect the flashing on the roof edges, vents and chimney

Check caulking around tubs, showers, sinks and toilets

Home Service Checklist

Every 3 Years

Have your furnace professionally serviced

Inspect floors for damage, cracks, and where materials form seams

Replace warn carpets

Paint interior rooms

Discard contents of fire extinguishers and have refilled




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Denice Neddo is a licensed Realtor who specializes in Clark County, Washington and also works both Clark County Washington and Multnomah County, in Oregon including the cities of Vancouver, Ridgefield, Camas, Battle Ground, Brush Prairie, Hockinson, Salmon Creek, Felida, and inner city Metro Portland. Her favorite Portland neighborhoods include Belmont, Brentwood-Darlington, Brooklyn, Buckman, Creston, Eastmoreland, Hawthorne, Hosford-Abernethy, Kerns, Laurelhurst, Mount Tabor, Reed, Richmond, Sellwood, Alameda, Alberta Arts District, Beaumont-Wilshire, Grant Park, Hollywood, Irvington, Sullivan's Gulch, Vernon and Woodlawn.  

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Comments (1)

Robert Amato
Bob Amato of Empire Home Mortgage Inc - East Meadow, NY

All great things to know and do Denice. Although here in the NE furnaces should be checked 2X a year.

Oct 28, 2010 07:56 AM