Year-End Home Maintenance: 5 Tasks Before the New Year

By Scott Sackin

The week between Christmas and New Year’s is a unique time when the world seems to slow down, offering a perfect opportunity for homeowners to take stock and prepare for the coming year. This period of calm is not just a break from the usual hustle and bustle but an ideal moment to ensure that your home is in top condition, giving you what I like to call “Home Confidence” as you step into 2024.

Here are five essential ‘Around the House’ tasks that I recommend adding to your to-do list between December 26th and 30th. Completing these tasks not only provides peace of mind but also ensures that your home is safe, efficient, and ready for the challenges of the new year.

1. Smoke Detector Check

Your first order of business should be to check all smoke detectors. Ensure they are functioning correctly and change the batteries if necessary. This simple step is crucial for the safety of your home and family.

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) – for smoke detector safety tips

2. Furnace Filter Replacement

Next, change out your furnace filter. This isn’t just a maintenance task; it’s about maximizing the efficiency and longevity of your heating system, especially during the cold months of January and February.

Energy Star – for guidance on furnace filters and energy efficiency

3. Plumbing Inspection

Check all the angle stop shut-off valves under your toilets and bathroom sinks. Even the slowest leaks can lead to major problems, escalating quickly from a minor inconvenience to a disastrous flood.

4. Sprinkler System Tune-up

Moreover, if you have an automatic or manual sprinkler system, now is the time to check for any valve malfunctions or leaks. Although you might not be using it much during the winter, when spring arrives, you’ll be thankful everything is in working order.

Irrigation Association – for best practices on maintaining your sprinkler system

5. Moisture and Attic Inspection

Subsequently, take a stroll around your home, observing the ceilings for any signs of moisture. Also, make sure to inspect your attic—arm yourself with a flashlight to search for any water intrusion. Should you find any problems, promptly contact a roofer. Keep in mind, that once the rainy season commences, securing an appointment can become quite difficult.

In Conclusion

In essence, checking these items off your list may seem minor, yet the impact is profound. By doing so, you protect your investment and avert potential catastrophes, and you step into the new year with one less concern. Therefore, as you relish this tranquil week, dedicate time to your home’s care. Undoubtedly, your future self will express gratitude for the extra effort when you’re reveling in the comfort of a secure, efficient home in 2024.

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