Here is a small checklist to help you get started:
DOORS: Inspect for sticking, sagging; examine locks and chains, renew worn weather stripping.
HEATING / AIR CONDITIONING: Take out and clean filters before warm weather starts; cover the exterior in the winter.
SAFETY HAZARDS: Regularly check the house for safety hazards! These are thing like a loose handrail, lifting or buckling flooring. Don’t forget about your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. This is extremely important and can save lives. All you have to do is test them and change batteries if necessary. Simple yet crucial!
BATHROOM AND KITCHEN FANS: Bathroom and kitchen fans are an important part of your home’s ventilation system. They remove odours from your house, which improves indoor air quality. They also remove moisture, which decreases the level of humidity in your house. High humidity can damage building materials and can cause mold growth. Mold may affect your family’s health.
** These should actually be checked on a monthly basis!
WINDOWS: It’s a good idea to do a walk-around of your home and inspect all the windows. Windows are an imperative component of a home. In addition to enhancing the beauty of a home, windows can provide fresh air and ventilation, allow daylight in to brighten interior spaces and keep out harsh outdoor elements – wind, rain, snow. BUT when they’re not functioning as they should, it costs you money!
INTERIOR WALLS AND CEILINGS: Check all the interior walls and ceilings. Examine the condition of painted surfaces and wallpaper; look for cracks, holes or bulges in plaster. It’s best to find out the root cause of any damages and get them fixed as soon as possible.
How to fix a hairline crack in your plaster walls:
1. Using a putty knife or a utility knife, score the hairline crack to open its edges. This may seem counter-productive, but you need to increase the area for the repair compound to stick to. Brush off any loose crumbs.
2. With a wide putty knife, smooth joint compound over the cracked section – apply with sweeping motion making sure compound gets right into crack.
3. Press paper tape or fiberglass tape into the wet area, along the length of the crack. This is ordinary drywall tape. You don’t need to purchase any special plaster repair tape.
4. Let dry. Feather joint compound over taped area so that the compound extends two or three inches past the taped area.
5. Let the joint compound dry. Lightly sand it down with fine sandpaper to get rid of any bumps or ridges. Don’t sand so hard that you dig into the tape.
6. Feather a second layer of joint compound, this time extending the edges even farther to about six to eight inches. Let dry. Since this is your last chance to get the sanding right, be careful to make it smooth.
**If needed, you could apply a third coat of joint compound, let dry, then sand!**
7. Finally, prime and then paint!