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Annual Home Check – Ensuring Safety, Efficiency, and Peace of Mind

Regular maintenance and inspections are crucial for keeping your home in optimal condition. By conducting annual checks, you can identify potential issues early on, prevent costly repairs, and maintain a safe and comfortable living environment. This comprehensive guide will outline a checklist for annual home checks, covering various aspects of your property.

Exterior Maintenance:

a. Roof Inspection:

  • Check for missing, damaged, or loose tiles.
  • Inspect flashing around chimneys, vents, and skylights.
  • Clear debris from gutters and downpipes.
  • Look for signs of water damage or leaks.
  • Look for any rust on screws or metal roofing

b. Paint/ Cladding condition:

  • Inspect cladding for cracks, warping, or signs of rot.
  • Repaint or touch up areas with peeling or chipped paint.
  • Power wash the exterior to remove dirt and grime.

c. Foundation and Drainage:

  • Check for cracks or gaps in the foundation.
  • Ensure proper grading to prevent water pooling near the house.
  • Clear debris from foundation vents.
  • Inspect and clean the basement or crawl space for signs of moisture.

d. Windows and Doors:

  • Inspect caulking and weatherstripping around windows and doors.
  • Check for damaged or cracked glass.
  • Lubricate hinges and locks.

Interior Maintenance:

a. Air Conditioning System:

  • Check for heavy dirt build-up or mould inside air conditioning systems
  • Schedule a professional inspection and servicing of the heating and cooling systems.
  • Check thermostat settings and replace batteries on remotes.

b. Plumbing:

  • Inspect taps, toilets, and shower heads for leaks or drips.
  • Check the water pressure and temperature.
  • Test sump pump functionality (if applicable).
  • Check the hot water system for any signs of rust or leaking.
  • Check flexible hoses under sinks for any signs of rust or deterioration. 

c. Electrical System:

  • Test smoke detectors for functionality and that they are in date. Ensuring that you are aware of the new regulations.
  • Inspect electrical outlets and switches for any loose connections or damage.
  • Replace batteries in smoke detectors and test their functionality. You can even vacuum dirty alarms if needed.
  • Test your safety switches by pressing the “test” buttons. 
  • Consider having a licensed electrician perform a comprehensive inspection.

d. Appliances:

  • Clean and inspect kitchen appliances, such as the oven, refrigerator, and dishwasher.
  • Check washer and dryer hoses for leaks or damage.
  • Vacuum lint from dryer vents and exhaust ducts.
  • Service or clean ventilation hoods.

Safety Precautions:

a. Fire Safety:

  • Check fire extinguishers/ fire blankets for expiration dates and functionality.
  • Develop or review a fire escape plan with your family.

b. Security Measures:

  • Inspect and test home security systems, including alarms and cameras.
  • Replace batteries in door/window sensors or motion detectors.
  • Check the condition of locks and deadbolts on doors and windows.

c. Emergency Preparedness:

  • Review and update emergency contact information.
  • Check the functionality of emergency lighting or backup power sources.
  • Inspect and replenish emergency supply kits, including flashlights, batteries, and first aid supplies.

Conducting annual home checks is essential for maintaining the safety, efficiency, and overall well-being of your property. By following this comprehensive checklist, you can identify potential issues before they escalate into costly repairs or safety hazards. Regular maintenance not only enhances your home’s longevity but also provides you with peace of mind, knowing that your dwelling remains a secure and comfortable haven for you and your family.

For any further information, feel free to contact our friendly team today! 

SJK Collective Plumbing

SJK Collective

SJK Collective

SJK Collective are a team of experts who will get the job done affordably and professionally! Situated in Brisbane, SJK Collective is a locally owned company who have been around for over 10 years. With a motto of ‘no problems, only solutions’ SJK Collective offers a full scale electrical, air conditioning, plumbing, gas and solar service to Brisbane and surrounding regions.

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