May Home Maintenance Checklist

May Home Checklist

Gene and Katie Hamilton
Gene and Katie Hamilton

There’s a lot to do this month to maintain your home and get it ready for a summer season of living outdoors and enjoying the garden. And after a long winter it’s refreshing and invigorating to open the doors and windows and work outside the home. Tune up, clean, wash, inspect – lots of work that requires time but little or no talent and tools.

Most of the jobs are outdoors so when the weather is right where you live, get outside and use this checklist to review the chores and inspections to maintain your home and keep it working. Snoop around, poke around and get all the nooks and crannies of your house inspected and repaired so you can enjoy the summer to the fullest.

*Tune up portable and central air conditioners
*Clean and tune up ceiling, exhaust and bath fans to maximize air flow
*Unclutter clothes closet and sort and store seasonal clothes
*Wash window glass, frames and sill
*Clean out weep-holes in window sliders and change storm panel to screen
*Wash window curtains and blinds
*Wash storm door frame and replace screen panels
*Clean deck and protect with sealer
*Inspect driveway and walkways for winter damage
*Clean out and organize the garage
*Clear outdoor vent of lint build up in clothes dryer
*Inspect roof for missing shingles or flashing and examine security of antenna and cables; see if chimney needs pointing or new screening
*Clean and set up outdoor furniture, cushions and lawn equipment
*Rake lawn and garden beds to remove winter debris
*Prepare garden beds and plant containers with fertilizer and plantings
*Fill in bare spots of lawn with grass seed

If you’re considering any lawn and home improvement jobs visit us at and find the cost of doing it yourself compared with the cost of hiring a contractor.


Gene and Katie Hamilton are authors of 20 home improvement books and creators of, a website that compares the DIY and contractor costs of hundreds of repair, decorating and remodeling projects. Their weekly column Do It Yourself or Not is syndicated by Tribune Content Agency.

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