The 5-Point February Home Maintenance Checklist for Fort Wayne Homeowners

Can you believe how fast January flew by? As 2018 goes on full-speed ahead, we can’t forget the home maintenance tasks that need our attention. Staying on top of these maintenance tasks will reduce the chance of major headaches down the line.

Unfortunately, spring weather won’t be here for a couple more months.  Meanwhile, consider the following home maintenance tasks to keep your home in tip-top shape:

#1: Keep Entryway Floors Clean

This is a simple checkmark on the home maintenance checklist, but it helps keep the home looking cleaner this month. We all know that dragging in snow with salt and dirt can wreak havoc on our floors. Try to keep up with keeping entryway floors clean every day or so—which can also reduce the risk of slipping and falling from melting snow on uncarpeted floors.

#2: Check Windows for Indoor Condensation

Indoor window condensation is most typical in the winter. This is because indoor humidity is usually higher this time of year than during the summer. When high indoor temperatures meet the cold glass of a window, condensation will form.

This poses a problem for several reasons. The condensation forming on the window sill can start to peel away the paint, leaving the interior frame looking unsightly and unfinished. The worst part is that the condensation can ultimately lead to wood rot on the frames. If condensation is forming on the walls beside the window, it can also cause water damage along with mold and mildew growth.

#3: Keep Your Home Feeling Fresh with New Flowers

Many of us are experiencing cabin fever by the time February rolls around. Consider springing for new flowers every week to put on the center of your dining room table, or even your coffee table. This adds a quick burst of color and a wonderful scent to boot.

#4: Adjust Your Thermostat

There’s no doubt that it’s been a cold winter. If you’ve left your thermostat on the same temperature since Thanksgiving, try tweaking some numbers to lower your utility bills. When you’re not home, lower the temperature by a few degrees. You can also do the same when you go to bed and keep yourself bundled up to stay toasty.

#5: Sanitize Main Living Areas to Avoid the Flu

You’ve probably heard how bad the flu is this season. This map from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that it’s widespread everywhere other than Guam, Hawaii, and DC.

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Keep your family safe by sanitizing areas such as door knobs, countertops, and remote controls. Check out the following video for more sanitizing tips during flu season:

Hopefully these tips keep your home free from water damage, bacteria, and risks of slips and falls. Enjoy your February and keep checking back to our blog for weekly home improvement advice.