May Home Maintenance

Tune up, clean, wash - lots of work that requires time but little talent and tools. Check off the 17 ways to maintain your home and keep it working.

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May Home Maintenance

Tune up, clean, wash - lots of work that requires time but little talent and tools. Check off the 17 ways to maintain your home and keep it working.

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Monthly Chores Checklist and Inspections

May Checklist May
  • Tune up portable and central air conditioners
  • Clean and tune up ceiling, exhaust and bath fans to maximize air flow
  • Unclutter clothes closet and sort and store seasonal clothes
  • Wash window glass, frames and sill
  • Clean out weep-holes in window sliders and change storm panel to screen
  • Wash window curtains and blinds
  • Wash storm door frame and replace screen panels
  • Clean deck and protect with sealer
  • Inspect driveway and walkways for winter damage
  • Clean out and organize the garage
  • Clear outdoor vent of lint build up in clothes dryer
  • Inspect roof for missing shingles or flashing and examine security of antenna and cables; see if chimney needs pointing or new screening
  • Clean and set up outdoor furniture, cushions and lawn equipment
  • Rake lawn and garden beds to remove winter debris
  • Prepare garden beds and plant containers with fertilizer and plantings
  • Fill in bare spots of lawn with grass seed

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