And remember these two other vital steps for protecting your investment: home insurance and mortgage protection insurance.

The ins and outs of home maintenance (Infographic)

Taking Care of your Home Sweet Home

Inspect roof for curling or missing shingles every spring and fall

Clear snow and ice buildup to help prevent leaks

Clean woodstove chimneys and fireplaces yearly to reduce fire risk

Ensure chimney caps and roof vents are securely attached to keep out critters

Keep eavestroughs clear of leaves and debris

How long should my roof last?

  • 10-20 years: Asphalt shingles
  • 30-50 years: Cedar shakes or shingles
  • 50 years: Metal
  • 50+ years: Concrete or clay tile
  • 100+ years: Slate tiles

Make sure furniture is not blocking heating vents

Save on water bills by replacing faucet washers and ensuring the flapper inside your toilet tank is properly aligned

Clean exhaust fan filter thoroughly every three or four months

How long should my appliances last?

  • 9 years: Microwave
  • 9 years: Dishwasher
  • 10 years: Washing machine
  • 13 years: Dryer
  • 13 years: Refrigerator
  • 13 years: Stove

Empty lint trap after each load and vacuum out ductwork yearly to avoid dryer fires

Locate shut-off valve for outside faucet(s) and turn off in the fall before freeze-up

Clean ducts in new or renovated houses and have them inspected every 7 to 10 years

Replace furnace and air conditioner filters at least every 3 months

Treat or re-stain wooden decks yearly

Repair loose railings and stair treads without delay

Check weatherstripping around all outside doors and inspect caulking around windows for signs of wear

Reseal asphalt driveways every year or two and repave every 15 to 20 years

Garage door-openers usually last 10 to 15 years

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Data for this infographic was sourced from the National Association of Home Builders / Bank of American Home Equity Study of Life Expectancy of Home Components,,,, and The Toronto Star article “Is duct cleaning worth it” (March 31, 2013).

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