Essential home maintenance checklist

trimming a hedge with garden tools

Alice Piper

Posted November 29, 2021

There's plenty you can do to improve the look and safety of your home, but some home maintenance jobs are best left to qualified professionals.

Whether you’re a homeowner, landlord or renter, there are always maintenance jobs to be done around the home to keep it looking neat and mitigate the potential for damage. 

Maintenance jobs like checking your home’s gutters, fences, garden, lights and security systems will not only ensure they’re in good working order, but will also help save you money over the long term. 

While there are some home maintenance jobs you can do on your own, there are others that need to be left to the professionals, not only because they’re a little trickier, but because there’s a lot to be said for having peace of mind that something is done properly.  

Use the essential home maintenance checklist below as a guide to make sure your space is ready for the months ahead and looking its absolute best. 

Essential maintenance outside the home

Repair deteriorated fencing 

Whether your fence is wooden, aluminium, wrought iron or PVC, keeping it well maintained not only increases the appeal of your property (which can increase its value if you decide to sell), but also adds a layer of security. 

This is one job that is made easier with professional help. They’ll come to your home and work with you to get the fencing result you want, and you won’t have to lift a finger.

Upgrade your home security 

Now is the best time to get your home security in place and optimised before you go on your summer holiday. Things like working security cameras, alarm systems and dead locks are crucial when it comes to securing your home properly and mitigating the risk of theft. 

Security not only helps protect your contents inside your home, but also your car as theft from driveways and carports continues to be an issue for Victorian households. 

An RACV security technician can provide advice with a preliminary assessment over the phone on how best to set up a new security system for your home, or service an existing one.

Tend to the garden 

Much like your fences, a well-maintained garden increases the street appeal and value of your home, while sending signals to thieves that the home is occupied.

Give your garden a complete overhaul, trimming back overgrown garden beds and tidying up the lawn. If you’re not a green thumb, hiring a professional landscaper can take the stress out of gardening, while also leaving you in a better position to maintain it going forward.  

Clean the gutters 

Summer in Australia spells bushfire season so get prepared by cleaning out your gutters and ensuring there are no dry leaves hanging around the roof – which can act as fuel for the flame.  

The dangerous nature of climbing on roofs means this is a job that should be left to professional gutter cleaners

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Always get a professional to clean your gutters. Image: Getty. 


Essential maintenance inside the home

Clean out your closet (and donate what you don’t wear)

As the seasons change, we exchange woollen coats for shorts and dresses, and winter boots for sandals and tennis shoes. 

The start of summer is the perfect time to take a good look at what clothes you regularly wear, and those that don’t often see the light of day. 

Spend a day trying things on, putting different looks together, and seeing how your clothes feel. You’ll soon know what items you no longer want to wear and keep, and you can then go about making some charity donations to give the clothes in good condition, a new lease of life.  

Improve lighting efficiency 

According to Energy Rating, old fashioned lightbulbs produced 700 lumens and used 60W of power, whereas new energy efficient bulbs use only 10W. 

Not only is that a huge saving in terms of power usage, but also when it comes reducing your power bills, with an estimated $16 for each bulb in your home, per year.

While you can safely change some bulbs yourself you should be very careful with both fittings and heights. More difficult jobs are best left to a qualified professional who knows what they’re doing, so book an electrician to come to your property and switch your lights over for you. 

Check your tap fittings 

Poor water pressure is one of life’s little annoyances, but with water saving taps, you’ll get the pressure you want, and a lot less water wastage to boot. 

Low flow taps reduce water usage from around 18L per minute, to as little as 2L per minute by mixing air into the water flow, giving the impression of full pressure even though the water volume is reduced. 

Not only will you be reducing your environmental impact, but you’ll be saving money too. Don’t try this one yourself though – it is a job best left to a professional plumber to do properly

Change your bedding

Just like we change our clothes when the seasons do, our bedding is no exception. 

Pack away the flannelette sheets and opt for cotton or linen instead. Why not give your whole bedroom a makeover? These design tips for a better night’s sleep will have you getting quality shut eye in no time.  

Don’t delay on these home maintenance tasks, because once the warmer weather comes around, you'll be thankful you spent the time now getting your home in tip top shape!


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