Seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist

Owning a home is a major responsibility, namely because if you let little problems pile and continue to get worse, you could see a loss of value in your equity. It’s important to regularly keep on top of your fall home maintenance checklist, your winter home maintenance checklist, your spring home maintenance checklist, your summer home maintenance checklist, and so forth. Check out The BrickKicker guide for staying on top of your annual home maintenance schedule to help preserve your home’s condition, and even save on energy costs! And, if you need to reach out to a home inspector for verification that your house Naperville or Lisle house is in order, reach out to The BrickKicker. We’re InterNACHI and Ashi certified, and whether you need commercial, environmental, or residential inspections, we’re here to help.

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

  • – Aerate your yard and rake leaves
  • – Clean fireplace flues and inspect for damage
  • – Have the forced-air heating system inspected
  • – Seal gaps and cracks in your windows with caulk to ensure proper insulation for the winter
  • – Swap your old windows for high-insulation, energy-efficient thermal pane windows, so that you don’t wrack up a heating bill during the winter. It’s also good for the environment
  • – Check your roof for damaged shingles
  • – Rake the leaves out of the gutter
  • – Drain your septic tank and outdoor pipes, so they don’t freeze and crack
  • – Drain and store your hoses so they don’t burst over the winter
  • – Insulate outdoor faucets and pipes
Rake With Leaves

Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

  • – Inspect your basement during thaws for leaks in order to ensure that none of your pipes burst
  • – Inspect the exterior of your house (roof, gutters, etc.) for equipment broken during freezes and storms
  • – Insulate your air conditioning unit
  • – Vacuum fridge and freezer coils

Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

  • – Swap out your AC filter
  • – Inspect the roof for post-winter damage
  • – Powerwash windows and siding
  • – Powerwash your deck, and then refinish it
  • – Replace the batteries in your fire and carbon monoxide alarms
  • – Have a professional check out your outdoor plumbing for any frost damage
  • – Flush your water heater
  • – Check your sump pump before the spring rain starts
  • – Replace the caulk around weather-stripped doors, trims, siding, etc
  • – Remove insulation from outdoor plumbing and faucets
  • – Have a professional inspect your air conditioning system to ensure that it’s ready for the summer
  • – Have your lawn fertilized
  • – Ensure you have a properly maintained fire extinguisher
Power Washing Deck

Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

  • – Prune back the exorbitant spring growth of your bushes and trees
  • – Clean your freezer and fridge coils, yet again
  • – Oil all of your door hinges, including the conveyor of your garage door
  • – Look for leaks in your kitchen and bathroom
  • – Wash your kitchen exhaust fan
  • – Inspect your dishwasher for leaks
  • – Seal the grout in your tile, which can soften due to summer heat

Rely on The BrickKicker for Home Maintenance Tips

If it’s been a while since you scratched off some of the items from your annual home maintenance checklist, reach out to The BrickKicker to arrange for a home inspection in order get an overview of the items you need to address to get back on track with greater Chicago home maintenance. While you’re here, be sure to check out our guide on how to prepare for a home inspection.

The BrickKicker COVID-19 Response 

The outbreak of COVID-19 has impacted businesses and markets all across the globe.

At The BrickKicker, our reputation has continued to stand tall during these times of uncertainty just as it has over the last 30 years. We continue to strive for highest regards to transparency and reliability, ensuring our customers will continue to count on us. With that, it is important for us to share how we are managing our business during these uncertain times.

First and foremost, we will continue to be laser focused on monitoring all WHO, CDC & DOC broadcasts to a) guarantee The BrickKicker is contributing to keeping our community safe & healthy and b) to take advantage of additional resources available to offer comfort to our employees and clients alike.

Our team at The BrickKicker will remain committed to delivering full operational support throughout the weeks and months ahead. For the continued safety of all our employees and staff, we are still asking to keep the number of those attending the inspection to a bare minimum, if any at all. Our inspectors are equipped with SentriLock access (with proper agent approval) and take plenty of photos during the inspection to produce a very detailed report. Oh, and no need need to be a worry of missing valuable information or stress over deadlines, our team is great about getting the reports out within 24 hours or often the same day.

Each inspector will be disinfecting all tools, self and vehicles after each inspection and may even wear gloves and masks on sight. This will help ensure we minimize the spread of this disease as much as possible.

In addition, our staff is fully available as if we never shut down, via phone or website to answer any questions that come up once reviewing the inspection report. The inspection is often an educational session, we must not lose sight of this. To make things as efficient and safe as possible, our inspection agreement and payment can be made electronically, via the confirmation email that went out upon booking.

We wish to remind our clients that we have a full service team supporting all your needs and it is the strength of our team that will allow us to continue to maintain our high service levels in the months ahead.

In fact, The BrickKicker isn’t stopping here to service our customers during this difficult time. We have expanded our availability and will assist with pricing concerns as they arise in order to keep services going. 

Despite taking all precautions, we strongly recommend our clients to contact us in regards to changing inspection dates in the short term, and to provide us with any questions they have up front so that we can ensure all gets answered by the time the report is delivered.

Finally, please do not hesitate to contact me via email or call with any requests or questions you may have.

Thank you,


Andrew Fox