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The ultimate home maintenance checklist to keep your house running efficiently

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Installing a programmable thermostat should be one of the first things you check off. | Photo provided by MB HAYNES

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Whether you’re a new or existing homeowner, navigating home maintenance can be overwhelming. The local pros at MB HAYNES break down precisely what you should be doing to keep your house in tip-top shape with these 20+ tips and tricks:

Cooling and heating

  • Change air filters monthly.
  • Get a programmable thermostat so you can set it and forget it. Bonus: It’ll help with energy savings.
  • Keep shrubs, grass, and debris away from an outdoor HVAC unit. When mowing or weed-eating, be cautious or cover the outdoor unit to prevent damage to the unit.
  • Inspect your condensate drain monthly during warm months to ensure it isn’t clogged.
  • Keep windows and doors closed while the AC is running.


  • Run water from all fixtures and check for leaks. Don’t forget the water heater since a small leak can become a big problem if left unattended.
  • If you have a whole house water filter, change it frequently.
  • Check to ensure that the toilet flapper is working properly. A small leak between the tank and bowl can add up to a lot of wasted water + money
  • During cold months (especially during freezing weather), remove hoses from outdoor faucets attachments.
  • To improve their efficiency, flush out water heaters annually. This also applies to tankless water heaters.
  • Know the location of the main water shut-off valve. Open and close it annually to keep it moving freely.
  • Have septic tanks pumped every three to five years (or when full).
  • Inspect the condition of the washing machine hoses. For durability, MB HAYNES recommends braided stainless steel hoses with auto-shutoff features.


  • Test smoke detectors every six months. Replace detectors 10 years or older.
  • Test GFCI breakers by tripping and resetting.
  • Visually inspect GFCI breakers for discolored, loose, or broken switch/receptacle devices and covers.
  • Keep the area in front of electrical panels clear and ensure it’s not used for storage.
  • Keep trees and shrubs trimmed away from the meter base.
  • Repair or replace any lights, receptacles, switches, and other electrical devices that are not working properly.
  • If you have a house standby generator, make sure it’s conducting its automatic cycling sequence.
  • Visually inspect extension + small appliance cords for outer jacket or insulation damage like exposed/frayed wiring. Replace as necessary.
  • Use extension cords only as a temporary measure. If needed for 30+ days, consider having a receptacle outlet installed.

Need assistance? Contact the local pros at MB HAYNES to schedule an appointment.*

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