Spring cleaning was half a year ago, and you probably shouldn’t go another six months without giving your home the attention it needs. Before you get busy with the holiday season – and before you invite your relatives over for the holidays – take some time to make sure your home is in good condition with this home maintenance checklist.

  1. Clean the hard to reach spots in your kitchen. You should clean the area behind your refrigerator and remove dust from the coils. Also clean the garbage disposal, the range hood, the stove burners and anywhere else that’s in need of a good scrubbing.
  2. Inspect the bathrooms. Check for any leaks and repair any caulking damage.
  3. Check lightbulbs and wiring. Replace any bulbs that aren’t functioning both inside and outside of your home. You may need to adjust any timers to account for changing daylight patterns. If there any frayed cords or damaged wires, replace them.
  4. Change your air filters. It’s a good idea to replace the HVAC air filters regularly – although how often depends on whether you have pets and other variables. If you haven’t replaced the air filters in your home in a while, now’s a good time.
  5. Remove lint from your clothes dryer. The lint trap doesn’t get everything. Remove get any lint stuck inside the dryer or the exhaust hose. This will improve the functioning of the machine and reduce the risk of a fire.
  6. Check the windows. Repair any damaged weather stripping and replace torn screens.
  7. Repair cracked pavement. If your sidewalk or driveway is cracked, fix the issue before it gets worse – and before someone trips.
  8. Clean the chimney. Remove any ash and clean the flue.
  9. Check your smoke alarms and fire extinguishers. Many people use the end of Daylight Saving Time, which happens November 5 this year, as a reminder to change the batteries in the smoke alarms, test the alarms and check the fire extinguishers.
  10. Clean out the rain gutters. You don’t want the gutters to get clogged the next time it rains, so remove any leaves or other debris that’s collected. Also, if your roof has any leaks or signs of damage, you’ll want to fix the problem – or hire a professional to do so – before the winter rains.

Last but not least, ensure your insurance policies are up to date and in order. If you haven’t updated your home insurance or renters insurance in a while, it’s a good idea to check your coverage.