Home maintenance is one of those things that is easy to forget about or put off because we get so busy with our lives or feel overwhelmed by the thought of where to begin.  By not doing anything, your home will soon fall into disarray. No maintenance can turn into repairs that may develop into larger projects that become costly.

Remove the overwhelming thoughts of where to begin. Follow the next few steps to feeling a sense of relief and accomplishment. In the long run, you will also save money, and you protect your investment. 

  1. Automate your home maintenance budget and management

You can use several digital home maintenance apps by doing some research online that best suits your maintenance plan and budget. After much research, we recommend HomeZada. This digital home management program is user friendly and recommended by homeowner’s insurance companies such as Chubb. They also give a discounted subscription rate off HomeZada. Check with your insurance company to see what they might offer. 

HomeZada offers a free “Essential” version, or you can purchase or the “Premium” version that costs $59 per year or $9.95 per month. You can use HomeZada to set up a customized framework that entails a detailed maintenance plan. Using this automated system, you will receive automatic reminders to be sent to your email when tasks are due. You can track warranty information and upload photos and documents that include estimates, invoices, and receipts. 

  1. Conduct a general home inspection

Before automating your preventative home maintenance schedule, we suggest conducting a general home inspection, which you can do yourself. You will likely find repairs that require attention you can add to the preventative home maintenance schedule.  It is good practice to do this once a year and add additional maintenance or wish list items to the plan. 

  1. Enter your preventative maintenance task on a recurring schedule

Here are some suggestions for a preventative maintenance plan that you can adjust/add to your home. Read the manufacture recommendations to care for your appliances and add them to your schedule.


  • Gardening
  • Housekeeping
  • Pool & Spa Maintenance
  • Window and skylight cleaning weekly/bi-weekly if you live by the ocean. If not, schedule when you feel window cleaning is necessary


  • Fertilize Citrus Trees
  • Pest Control


  • Solar Panel Cleaning
  • Dishwasher – Prolong the life of your dishwasher by cleaning the filter and spray arm. Then use a dishwasher washer cleaning pod to take away hidden grease and grime
  • Change Air filters in the HVAC system. May need to be done more often depending on pets etc.
  • Clean exterior door handles and mailboxes which manufacturer suggested products
  • With a damp cloth, wipe down exterior electronic security/intercom keys and lubricate
  • Lubricate garage door hinges, springs, and bearings using a non-silicone lubricant
  • Light check throughout your home of lights that need replacing
  • Clean patio furniture
  • Clean drains in kitchen and bathrooms using a hair drain clog remover, then place a drain cleaner stick in the gutter. Check for water leaks, stains, mildew, warping, or peeling under all cabinets. Depending on your home’s age, you could inspect for leaks twice a year instead of quarterly.
  • Clean faucet aerators and showerheads – If you have a water softening system, you could move this to once-a-year.
    • Submerged Showerheads in vinegar for 2-3 hours 
    • Use a toothbrush in soapy water or vinegar and clean faucet aerators 
  • Clean security cameras
  • Sliding door tracks – vacuum the dirt from the tracks, then apply a “Fast Orange Hand Cleaner” on a moist cotton cloth to clean and seal the tracks. Do not use sponges or scouring pads 
  • Switchplates – clean and sanitize
  • Water Softening System – Add water softening pellets if needed

Twice a Year

  • Adjust irrigation timers in spring and fall
  • Doors, Cabinets, Hardware – Tighten/lubricate Handles, Racks, Hinges, towel racks, toilet paper holders, etc.
  • If you have pets, clean exhaust fans in bathrooms and laundry room twice a year otherwise, you could move this to annually.
  • Exterior fences and doors, tighten and lubricate
  • Fertilize trees, shrubs, and grass
  • Clean garbage disposal – using half a bottle of vinegar and half a box of baking soda down the drain
  • Clean gutters and downspouts in the spring and fall
  • HVAC Maintenance, AC in the spring, and heating in the fall
  • Thermostat battery check/replacement


  • Clean and organize pantry & utensil drawers
  • Refrigerator – Replace odor filter/water filter/air purification cartridge and clean condensing coils. Read manufacturer recommendations.
  • Shades that need charging
  • Descale steam oven (depending on how often you use it)
  • Seal wood furniture. If you live by the ocean, you may want to do this twice a year
  1. Find service professionals

Angie’s List, Yelp, Home Advisor, and Nextdoor are just a few places you can check out to find contractors. Whoever you decide to work with, we recommend going to California.gov contractors state license board website to check if the contractor is licensed and insured.

  1. Set up subscription deliveries

To make life easier, use services that will allow you to replenish maintenance supplies such as Amazon automatically. If you cannot do that for some of your supplies, we suggest adding a link where you can purchase the supplies, such as filters in HomeZada, under the task.  This way, when the tasks come due, you know where to buy the items. 

If setting up a digital home maintenance framework seems daunting Essential Home Maintenance can make it easier for you. We will conduct the general inspection, upload all the data into HomeZada with contacts to manage and track maintenance yourself with reminders. Give us a call to find out more information 310-237-3869 or email essentialhomemaint@gmail.com.

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Patricia St. Pierre is a seasoned strategic marketing professional with over 21 years of executive management experience. Fifteen of those years she owned residential homes and rental properties and worked as an Estate Manager. Visit Our Team page to learn more about Patricia.