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Complete Annual Home Maintenance Checklist for Australian Homes

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It’s important that every homeowner creates and adheres to a garden and house maintenance schedule to ensure that all aspects of property maintenance are regularly undertaken.

The cost of buying a home is significant, and there are lots of ongoing expenses as well, some expected, and others not so immediately apparent. A little DIY routine maintenance and home repairs will not only save money but will also help reduce any anxiety about the annual maintenance costs of house repairs that go hand in hand with home ownership.

Maintaining a property and keeping it in good shape takes time and effort. Our Home Maintenance Checklist Australia Guide and Monthly Home Maintenance Tips will help make maintaining and repairing your house as simple as possible. We all know that keeping things in good working order and well-maintained is much less expensive than replacing them or, worse, waiting until these items become a safety hazard.

Of course, hiring a professional to help is also a great option with plenty of handyman services, swimming pool maintenance, lawn mowing, and general home and garden maintenance services readily available. If you’re unable to complete any specific housework or gardening tasks yourself due to time constraints or other factors, make sure the overall service cost is appropriate and not over the top.

 

We’ll start with basic chores, house and garden repairs, and a home maintenance schedule that should be done on a regular basis to minimise wear and tear.

Current Average Annual House Maintenance Costs Australia:

Property upkeep typically costs 1% to 4% of the value of your home annually. It might be greater or lower depending on the age, size, state, and location of your home. When maintaining, repairing, or upgrading your home, you may have to spend a substantial amount of money, particularly if the foundation or roofing needs an essential repair.

Monthly Home Maintenance Tasks Checklist

  • The heating and/or air-conditioning system’s filters should be cleaned, along with the condenser and evaporator coils, replacing any filters as required.
  • Any appliances, sinks, and drains will need to be cleaned and refreshed.
  • Wash range hood filters after soaking them for a short while in a strong degreasing solution mixed with hot water.
  • To make sure your fire extinguishers are in good working order, check the pressure gauges.
  • Close the garage door on a sizable piece of wood to test the auto-reverse function.
  • Smoke Alarms: Press the “test” button to check if they work. If the alarm doesn’t go off, clean it, replace the batteries, and try again. If it still doesn’t sound right, have it professionally checked. (Alarm may need replacing)

3-Month Home Maintenance Checklist

  • Vacuum refrigerator coils
  • Check both the fridge and freezer temperatures.
  •  Make sure laundry vents are clean.
  •  Remove lint from the clothes dryer and rinse the pad.
  •  Avoid dirt build-up in toilets not frequently used by running water, cleaning, and flushing.

When it comes to annual home maintenance and repairs, utilising a seasonal checklist is most useful.

Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Most homeowners are very familiar with the term ‘spring clean.’ Although generally associated with the commencement of the spring season, spring cleaning or a home’s deep clean can be done at any time of the year. It refers to cleaning every nook and cranny of your home, from top to bottom.

It includes, but is not limited to walls, doors, windows, skirting boards, cupboards, carpets, curtains, and/or blinds. Give the garage and shed a good clean too.

  • As the weather starts to warm up, it’s time to get ready for summer. Make sure your cooling systems are capable of doing the job. Perhaps schedule a service call for your air conditioning unit.
  • This is also the time to tackle and remove any insects that may be lurking to get inside. Repair and/or replace broken insect screens and/or windows.
  • Schedule a time for a qualified bug examination and any necessary treatments. Termites may do significant damage before it is discovered.
  • Make sure you’re prepared for all of the summer’s events right away! Restring the tennis racquets, painting the backyard fence stumps, and cleaning the barbeque.

Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

While the weather is great, take care of all the little tasks that need to be completed in the yard and on the exterior of your home.

  • Make any required repairs to the exterior of your home, paying particular attention to the foundations, driveway, and paint.
  • Water Services: water hoses and taps outside should be flushed.
  • Trim any overgrown trees or shrubs, get rid of any dead plants, and watch out for ornamental vines spreading.
  • Power cables should be inspected around any tree obstruction and if necessary, have them cut.
  • Clean, fix and reseal the deck or patio as necessary.

Christmas is at the height of our summer season with soaring temperatures, don’t forget to show your friends how much you care by sending them Christmas cards.

Autumn Home Maintenance Checklist

Smoke Alarm Legislation: All smoke alarms must be photoelectric, hardwired, or 10-year tamper-proof battery powered, and all interconnected.

  • Make sure that all smoke alarms are in excellent working order, are placed correctly, are kept clean, and are unobstructed.
  • Don’t stop there, though; strengthen security and safety measures all around your house.
  • Make sure all of your power outlets and RCDs are working and repair any frayed electrical cables.
  • Check the locks and deadbolts on all of your windows and doors and replace them if necessary.
  • Make sure the house is sturdy and in good repair. Adjust the tightness of all the hinges, handles, knobs, racks, and shelves.

Now is a great time to check that your heating system is set to handle the upcoming winter months.

  • Get your heating system ready for the next winter.
  • Inspect windows and doors for leaks, and if you have central heating, check sure vents are open and unblocked.
  • Service your wood-burning heater.
  • Clean the chimneys and fireplaces.
  • Flushing your hot water heater to remove any sediment and opening and closing the pressure relief valve on the heater can help avoid leaks in the long term.

Winter weather won’t be far behind, so prepare now for the days you don’t feel like leaving the house! Get some craft or cooking supplies for the kids to help them be creative. There’s always a good book or Netflix to get you through any rainy nights and/or weekends.

Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

Although Australia’s autumn is a beautiful time of year, it’s undeniable that all those leaves may be a real pain in the winter. It’s time to remove the debris so that you don’t have any drainage issues or property damage throughout the winter.

  • Remove leaves and debris from gutters and downpipes, making any required repairs after checking for cracks and drainage problems.
  • Check to see that water is adequately draining and not building up close to the foundations of your property.
  • Check for damage or leaks in the roof and eaves, and then make any required repairs.
  • Make any required repairs after inspecting the basement or the foundation of the house for moisture damage.

Additionally, if rainy days keep you indoors, take advantage of the opportunity to clean the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry.

  • Clean the grout between the tiles in the kitchen and bathroom and make any necessary repairs.
  • Examine the faucets for leaks, then clean the aerators.
  • Bathtub and shower caulking should be inspected and repaired, as necessary.
  • Remove the shower heads, then clear out any accumulated debris.
  • Examine the exhaust vents for clogs while the laundry is running.
  • Cleaning the washing machine’s input filters and inspecting and replacing any worn-out hoses are both recommended.

One of the things most Australians enjoy the most is travelling— thinking about your next trip is a great approach to getting over any wintertime blues but then again if you live in Hervey Bay (like we do), the weather is great all year round!

Not currently in Hervey Bay? Check out how the following blog post about how the coastal region is very affordable and growing… Hervey Bay Beachfront Suburbs #1 Cheapest Waterfront Property Australia

 

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