Following a Routine Home Maintenance Schedule

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Like going to the dentist for regular cleanings, as homeowners, it’s important to stay on top of home maintenance to keep your property looking great and to prevent expensive repairs in the future.

By following a routine maintenance schedule, you can stop small problems from becoming big, expensive headaches in the future and ensure your property increases in value over time as well as lasting well beyond your time in the home.

The following are the critical areas around your property that we recommend you check and maintain on a regular basis.


  • Check for any roof tiles that are missing, cracked, or otherwise damaged. These can allow water to seep into the roof and cause damage.
  • Look for any signs of water damage inside the home, such as water stains on the ceiling or walls. This can indicate a leak in the roof.
  • Check for any areas of the roof that are sagging or appear to be structurally unsound. This can be a sign of a more serious issue.
  • Keep the roof clear of debris such as leaves, branches, and other materials. These can trap moisture and cause damage to the roof.
  • Make sure gutters are clear of debris and are functioning properly. Clogged gutters can cause water to back up and flood the roof.
  • Check the flashing around chimneys, vents, aerials, and other roof penetrations to ensure they are in good condition and not allowing water to seep in.
  • Make sure the roof has proper ventilation to prevent moisture buildup and damage.
  • Consider hiring a professional roofing contractor to perform an inspection and maintenance on the roof. They can identify any issues that may not be immediately obvious and provide recommendations for repair or replacement.

Tiled roof of a home with solar panels


Regular maintenance of a home’s foundation is essential for ensuring the structural integrity and longevity of the building.

  • Check for any visible cracks in the foundation, both inside and outside the home. Any cracks wider than 1cm should be inspected by a professional.
  • Look for any signs of water damage such as cracks, mould or mildew, staining, and dampness. If you notice any of these signs it’s important to address the issue promptly to prevent further damage to the foundation.
  • Ensure that the gutters and downpipes are directing water away from the foundation and that the grading around the house slopes away from the foundation.
  • Monitor any changes in the level of the foundation or any uneven floors or walls, which could indicate settling in the soil.
  • Use a moisture meter to test the moisture levels in the walls and floors.
  • Arrange a professional inspection of the foundation if you have any concerns, especially if there have been any significant changes to the property or the area’s weather patterns.

Close up of the foundation of a modern two story home


  • Regularly check all plumbing fixtures and pipes for signs of leaks or drips. Fixing leaks as soon as possible can prevent water damage (and save money on your water bill.)
  • Regularly clean your drains to prevent clogs from building up. You can use a plunger, drain snake, or a mixture of baking soda and vinegar to keep your drains flowing smoothly.
  • If you have a tank water heater, flush it once a year to remove sediment buildup which can reduce the efficiency of your unit and lead to damage over time.
  • Check for leaks or running water in your toilet tank, and replace any worn-out parts such as the flapper or fill valve.
  • Regularly cleaning your toilet bowl will also help prevent clogs, water staining, and keep it smelling fresh.
  • Hire a professional plumber to inspect your sewer line and clean it if necessary, especially if you have large trees growing close to the home. This can help prevent backups and costly repairs in the future.

PVC plumbing pipe under a sink.

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

It is recommended to have a professional HVAC technician perform these maintenance tasks, especially those that involve electrical connections or refrigerant levels. Regular maintenance can help extend the life of your HVAC systems and improve energy efficiency.

  • Air filters should be cleaned and/or replaced every 1-3 months to ensure proper airflow and to improve indoor air quality.
  • The outdoor unit of the air conditioning system should be cleaned annually to remove debris, leaves, and other obstructions.
  • The indoor unit of the air conditioning system should be cleaned annually to remove dirt and dust that accumulates on the coil, which can affect efficiency and performance.
  • The thermostat should be checked periodically to ensure it is working properly and to ensure the HVAC system is functioning as expected.
  • A qualified technician should check the refrigerant levels annually to ensure they are at the appropriate level.
  • Lubricate the moving parts of the HVAC system annually, such as the blower motor, to ensure smooth operation and prevent excess wear and tear.
  • Check the electrical connections to ensure they are secure and tight, and no wires are damaged.

External air conditioner unit of a home.


It’s important to understand that while these tasks are generally safe for homeowners to perform, any electrical work beyond basic maintenance should be performed by a licensed electrician to ensure your safety, and compliance with local electrical codes.

  • Regularly check your light fixtures and replace any non-working bulbs to ensure adequate lighting throughout your home. Consider replacing bulbs with LED globes if you haven’t already done so. South Australian households and businesses may be able to receive free or discounted energy efficiency and energy productivity activities from energy retailers participating in the Retailer Energy Productivity Scheme (REPS). You can contact any of the REPS-obliged retailers or third-party contractors to find out what energy savings activities may be available for your home or business.
  • Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors monthly to make sure they are working properly. Replace the batteries at least once a year.
  • Inspect your electrical outlets and switches for signs of damage or wear and tear. Have a licensed electrician replace any damaged or loose outlets or switches to prevent electrical hazards.
  • Check extension cords for any signs of damage, such as fraying or cracking. Replace any damaged cords immediately.
  • Clean or replace air conditioning filters on a regular basis to ensure proper airflow and reduce the risk of electrical fires.
  • Inspect outdoor electrical outlets and lighting fixtures for damage or wear and tear. Have a licensed electrician replace any damaged or faulty fixtures as needed.
  • Inspect your electrical panel regularly for signs of damage or wear and tear. If you notice any issues, contact a licensed electrician for repairs.

A person checking an internal home smoke alarm

Windows and doors

  • Dirt, dust, and debris can accumulate on windows and doors, making them look dirty and affecting their performance. Clean the windows and doors regularly using a mild soap and water solution, and dry them with a soft cloth.
  • Inspect the windows and doors for cracks, chips, or other damage that can affect their performance. Replace any damaged parts or components to maintain the efficiency and security of the windows and doors.
  • Inspect the windows and doors for air leaks, which can cause drafts and reduce energy efficiency. Check the weatherstripping and caulking around the windows and doors and repair or replace them as needed.
  • Moving parts such as hinges, locks, and handles can become stiff or difficult to operate over time. Lubricate these parts with a silicone-based lubricant to ensure smooth operation. Ensure not to paint over handles and hinges as again this can affect their performance.
  • Check that windows and doors are properly aligned and operate smoothly. Adjust the hinges or hardware as needed to ensure proper alignment.
  • Inspect screens for tears or damage and replace them if necessary.
  • Check for signs of moisture damage around windows and doors, such as peeling paint or rotting wood. Address any moisture problems promptly to prevent further damage.

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  • If your home has any weatherboard, inspect for any damage such as cracks or holes which can allow water or pests to enter the home.
  • Check for any gaps or cracks around windows and doors that can let in drafts, moisture, or pests.
    Inspect for any signs of rot or damage to your decking or pergola and ensure that any railings and balustrades are secure.
  • Trim back any trees or bushes that are touching the house, as they can damage the roof and gutters over time.
  • Clean any outdoor light fixtures, as well as the air conditioning unit and any other outdoor appliances and furniture to keep them functioning properly.
  • Check for signs of insects or rodents, such as droppings or nests, and take steps to address any infestations.

Australian home with weatherboard exterior and timber glass doors.


  • Trim back overgrown branches, dead or diseased limbs, and anything that is encroaching on structures or blocking walkways.
  • Remove leaves, debris, and other materials from gutters and downspouts to ensure proper drainage.
  • Check your sprinkler system for leaks or damaged components, and adjust it as needed to ensure even watering.
  • Aerating the soil helps to loosen it up and allows water and nutrients to penetrate more deeply. Fertilising can also help keep your grass healthy and green.
  • Pressure wash decks, pavers, concrete, and other outdoor surfaces to remove dirt, grime, and other debris.
  • Add a fresh layer of mulch around trees and garden beds to help retain moisture and suppress weed growth. Remove any weeds that have sprouted up.
  • Check for cracks or damage in walkways, driveways, and other hardscaping features, and make any necessary repairs.
  • In Autumn, make sure to clear leaves and debris from your lawn and gutters. In the spring, plan for planting new flowers and plants and add fresh soil to garden beds.

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Swimming pool & spa

  • Use a skimmer net to remove debris such as leaves, bugs, and twigs from the water surface.
  • Use a pool vacuum or robotic pool cleaner to remove dirt and debris that have sunk to the bottom of the pool.
  • Use a pool brush to scrub the sides and bottom of the pool to prevent the growth of algae and other contaminants.
  • Regularly test the water chemistry (pH, chlorine, alkalinity, etc.) and adjust as necessary to maintain proper balance. You can use test strips or a pool testing kit for this.
  • The pool’s filter should be cleaned regularly to keep it functioning properly. The type of filter you have will determine the specific maintenance requirements.
  • Make sure the water level is maintained between the recommended levels, and adjust it as necessary using a garden hose.
  • Regularly check and maintain pool equipment such as the pump, heater, and skimmer to ensure they are functioning correctly.
  • Use a pool cover to reduce evaporation, keep debris out of the pool, and maintain water temperature.

Residential swimming pool


  • Wipe down your countertops daily to remove crumbs, spills, and stains. Use a mild detergent and warm water to clean and dry the surface afterward.
  • Use a mixture of baking soda and water or mild detergent to clean your sink. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a clean cloth.
  • Clean the stovetop and oven regularly to prevent grease and food buildup. Use a degreaser or baking soda paste to remove stubborn stains.
  • Keep your refrigerator clean and organised by wiping down spills and stains and discarding expired food items.
  • Wipe down cabinet and drawer surfaces to remove dust and grime. Consider using shelf liners to protect against spills and stains.
  • Regularly check for leaks under the sink and around the dishwasher. Address any leaks promptly to prevent water damage.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s recommendations for maintaining appliances such as the dishwasher, oven, and range hood.
  • Replace or clean air filters in the range hood and vent regularly to prevent grease buildup and ensure proper ventilation.

Modern white and grey kitchen


  • After every shower or bath, wipe down the walls and floors with a towel, mop, or squeegee to prevent water staining and mould growth.
  • Use a bathroom cleaner to clean the sink, toilet, bathtub, and shower. Scrub the grout between tiles to prevent mould growth.
  • Check your taps, toilet, and showerhead for leaks regularly. Repair any leaks as soon as you find them to prevent water damage.
  • Reapply grout sealant every six to twelve months to prevent water damage and mould growth. Repair any cracks in the grout as soon as you find them.
  • Use a plunger or drain snake to unclog any blocked drains. Avoid using chemical drain cleaners as they can damage your pipes.
  • Turn on the exhaust fan or open the window during and after your shower or bath to prevent moisture buildup and mould growth.
  • Check for any signs of damage such as peeling paint, loose tiles, or water stains on the ceiling. Repair any damage as soon as you find it to prevent further damage.

Modern bathroom with walk in shower

Chimney and fireplace

Woodfires continue to be a popular heating choice across South Australia, and as such, being across the maintenance of your wood heating system is important.

  • The chimney cap prevents debris and animals from entering the chimney, while the flue allows smoke and gas to escape. Inspect them regularly to ensure they are in good condition.
  • Creosote is a flammable substance that can accumulate in your chimney and increase the risk of a chimney fire. Hire a professional chimney sweep to clean the chimney at least once a year, or more frequently if you use the fireplace regularly.
  • The damper regulates the airflow in the chimney and helps prevent drafts. Make sure it opens and closes properly.
  • Inspect the chimney for any visible signs of damage, such as cracks, loose bricks, or missing mortar. These can cause problems with airflow and increase the risk of a chimney fire.
  • Make sure your smoke detectors are in good working order and test them regularly.
  • Check the fireplace and chimney for any obstructions, such as bird nests or debris, that can block airflow and increase the risk of a fire.

Modern indoor wood fire place.


Routine home maintenance is essential to keeping your home in good condition. By following a consistent monthly home maintenance schedule, you can ensure that your home is well-cared for both inside and outside for many years to come.

If your home is showing signs of poor structural integrity, call our team for a free quote – 0429 999 478

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