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Priority Maintenance Items

There are so many home maintenance and repair items that are important, it can be confusing trying to establish which are the most critical. To simplify things, we've compiled a short list of our favorites. These are by no means all-inclusive, nor do they replace any of the information in a home inspection report. They should, however, help you get started on the right foot. Remember, any items marked as priority or safety issues on your home inspection report need immediate attention.

One-Time Tasks:

  • Change the locks on all doors.
  • Change the code on garage door openers.
  • Install smoke detectors (on each level and in each bedroom).
  • Install carbon monoxide detectors (if you have gas water heaters and/or furnaces).
  • Make electrical improvements recommended in inspection report.
  • Remove any wood/soil contact to prevent rot and insect damage.
  • Correct trip hazards (broken or uneven walks, etc).
  • Correct unsafe stairways and handrails
  • Have chimneys inspected and cleaned before operating.
  • Install damper blocks on gas fire places in not present.
  • Locate and mark the shut-offs for:
    • gas appliances
    • electrical
    • plumbing systems,
  • Pump and clean septic tanks. (If present)

Ongoing Maintenance Tasks:

  • Clean rain gutters in the spring and fall.
  • Clean roof valleys in the spring and fall.
  • Check roofing and flashing for damage twice a year or after heavy storms.
  • Check attics for roof leaks at least twice a year or after heavy storms.
  • Trim back trees and shrubs from walls, roof and air conditioning system.
  • Test GFCIs
  • Test AFCIs using the test button, monthly.
  • Service furnaces and/or boilers yearly (in fall).
  • Service HVAC or Heat Pump yearly (end of spring).
  • Make sure vents are not obstructed, at least twice a year.
  • Check and replace filters in furnaces, humidifiers and air cleaners monthly.
  • Check bathtub and shower caulking monthly (repair as needed).
  • Winterize outdoor water faucets in the fall.



RoadRunner Inspection Service has provided the above information in an attempt to inform new home owners about general home maintenance. The maintenance suggestions listed above are by no means comprehensive and inclusive of all items that need maintenance in a home. These statements above are only a compilation of maintenance suggestions based on our experience in the business of Real Estate property management, ownership and renovation.