AUGUST Home Maintenance Checklist

Gene and Katie Hamilton

Gene and Katie Hamilton

Before you head out on vacation take a look at this rundown of 11 items. You’ll see it’s mostly about inspecting and cleaning,which are important things to keep your house orderly and its systems working.

**Replace air conditioner filter
**Inspect for open joints around windows and caulk
**Inspect for gaps around doors and thresholds and weatherstrip
**Vacuum coils of refrigerator condenser
**Turn mattresses and upholstered furniture cushions
**Sharpen blades of garbage disposer with ice cubes and refreshen with lemon
**Clean pet area and accessories
**Make calls to have furnace tune up and heating ducts cleaned
**Flush whirlpool pump to remove bacteria and mineral build-up
**Sharpen lawn mower blade

To learn the cost of hundreds of home improvement projects and compare doing it yourself with hiring a contractor go to www.diyornot.com.

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About diyornot.com

Gene and Katie Hamilton are authors of 20 home improvement books and creators of www.diyornot.com, 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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