Our collection of home maintenance tips and advice can help keep the place you love safe, comfortable and operating at peak condition. Regular maintenance can also save you money and aggravation in the long run by reducing repairs or replacements.
Many basic maintenance tasks are DIY projects that homeowners, with a bit of guidance, can tackle themselves. That’s also a money saver.
Our Homeowner Helpers help you remember what to do and when — and they show you how to do them. We’ve organized our growing number of articles below for easy reference.
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We’ve also created a handy monthly maintenance calendar to help keep you on track.
Make sure yours is turning the right direction for the season.
Why and how to wash your dishwasher.
Regular cleaning of your dryer reduces fire risk. Here’s how to do it.
Kitchen & laundry appliances
Do you know how often — and how — to clean these eight common appliances?
Oven door gasket
Checking and replacing it is a DIY project when you know how.
Keeping the coils clean improves performance and can extend the life of your fridge. (It’s No. 8 in this list of 10 to-dos.)
Regular care improves performance and saves you money.
Germiest spots in your home
Where those 10 spots are and how to clean them.
Green cleaning products
Learn how to make your own using simple ingredients.
Five steps to restoring grout to its former glory.
How often should you clean that?
Books, toasters and 10 other common household items.
Like all bedding, they need the occasional refresh. Here’s how to do it.
Declutter and donate
Organize your household while helping others by donating still-useful items to these worthy causes.
Are you and your family ready for a weather or other emergency?
House content inventory
Why and how to keep an accurate record of your valuable possessions.
How to safely dispose of outdated and unneeded medications.
Get organized in 20 minutes.
Get your print and digital photos organized.
Heating, cooling & energy efficiency
Preparing your air conditioner for the summer; it’s part of our May tips.
Dry winter air
Solving the problem of low-humidity indoor air in the winter.
Taking care of your gas fireplace.
DIY maintenance will yield better performance and a longer life.
Are your electronic devices sucking money from your bank account?
Protect your basement against flooding.
Bathroom exhaust fans
How to install and maintain them correctly; it’s No. 7 in this list of to-dos.
Cabinet doors and hinges
Saggy or uncooperative cabinet doors? The problem could be the hinges. Here’s how to fix them.
Repairing dents, holes and other damage.
Keep your water flowing smoothly.
What you need to know about selecting, locating and checking them. It’s No. 2 in this list of to-dos.
GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter)
Regular testing helps keep you and your family safe (No. 10 in this list).
Hot water heater
Save money and breakdowns by maintaining your hot water heater.
Their wintertime needs are different from summer.
Springtime care for indoor greenery.
Indoor air quality
Winter means more time indoors. Make sure your air quality is up to snuff.
Fall is when they start to invade homes. Learn what to do about it.
Musty carpet smell
Summer weather can cause that stinky carpet smell. Here’s what to do about it.
Keep your plumbing system in tip-top condition.
Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
How to test them correctly and keep your family safe.
Protect against basement flooding by testing your sump pump once a month. It’s No. 8 in this list.
What causes it and how do you prevent it?
Cleaning, protecting and repair wood furniture.
Getting it ready for the season, part of our timely tips for May.
Caulking doors & windows
Learn to do it like a pro and keep the nasty weather outside.
Sealing your driveway is a DIY project when you know how.
Regular maintenance is important for safety, performance and cost savings.
Maximize that valuable space with these clean-up strategies.
Regular cleaning will prevent repair headaches.
What are they and do they work?
Keep it in prime operating condition.
Outdoor faucets in winter
Drain your faucets before they freeze.
A semi-annual inspection can save you headaches and money.
Protect your roof during the harsh winter months.
Keep your window screens in tip-top condition.
How to inspect, maintain and repair vinyl siding; part of our mid-summer task list.
How to maintain your automatic sprinkler or drip irrigation system.
How to get sparkling clean windows.
Don’t start too early in the spring; nature will thank you.
Household batteries tossed into junk drawers can pose a fire hazard.
Paint & other flammables
How to store these things safely.
Pantry & medicine cabinet
How to purge them of expired food and medication.
Monthly & seasonal maintenance
Monthly maintenance checklist
Eight essential monthly household tasks.
Five monthly maintenance jobs
Tips for keeping your home safe and efficient.
Fall maintenance routine
Ten tasks before the weather turns too cold.
Checking washer hoses, inspecting fire extinguishers and other late-fall DIY jobs.
Early winter to-dos
Icy walkways, dirty exhaust fans and five other to-dos.
DIY maintenance for early December
10 easy DIY must-dos for a safe, efficient and protected home.
Home maintenance for the holidays
Three easy tips to prepare your home for the seasonal holiday.
Christmas tree TLC
Keep your tree looking good and staying safe through the holidays.
December holidays safety
Pets and children, extension cords, candles: Keep these and more safe.
December home maintenance: 3 easy tasks
DIY tips on your oven door gasket, grungy grout and reusable shopping bags.
Don’t just trash your real Christmas tree
From shelter for overwintering birds to flower fertilizer, here are some alternatives.
January maintenance checklist
Five tasks for getting your home off to a good start in the new year.
Mid-winter maintenance round-up
Ductwork check and more tasks to keep your home running well all winter.
Wintertime energy efficiency
These tips can save you money
Winter maintenance: 10 essential to-dos
Sump pump test, vent clearance and more.
February maintenance tasks
Caulking the bathroom, organizing photos and other tasks for a blustery winter’s day.
Winter vacation checklist
Keep your home safe and secure while you’re soaking up the sun.
Early spring maintenance
From the foundation to the attic, these things need your attention in early spring.
Melting snow could damage your home
Sump pump check and other strategies to keep melting snow from damaging your home.
Top tips for the month.
Early summer tasks
Easy maintenance tasks so you can relax this summer.
Early July to-dos
Six DIY jobs to help keep your family safe and your home in tip-top shape.
Mid-August maintenance tips
Patio cleaning, wasps and other must-dos.