Essential Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

November 9, 2023by melissad0

Essential  Winter Home Maintenance Checklist for San Diego Residents is imperative to a positive holiday season!


As the seasons change, it’s crucial to prepare your San Diego home for the fall and winter months. With cooler weather and the holiday season approaching, you’ll likely be using your heaters and appliances more frequently. To ensure the safety and efficiency of your home, follow our comprehensive maintenance checklist. We’ll cover everything from heater checks to general safety precautions.

Where to start:
  1. Inspect Your Gas Heater: If you have a gas heater, contact SDG&E for a thorough inspection. They’ll check if your pilot is lit and ensure your heater functions correctly. Book your appointment here.
  2. Replace or Clean Filters: Your heater has a filter that must be cleaned or replaced biannually. Remember, filters are your responsibility, and neglecting them could result in additional charges.
  3. Dust Removal: Since heaters and ducts accumulate dust when not in use, don’t be alarmed if you detect a slight odor when you first fire up your heater. It should dissipate quickly.
  4. Follow SDG&E Recommendations: If SDG&E suggests any heater-related work, keep the receipt and inform us. We rely on your feedback to address maintenance needs promptly.
  5. Rain Gutter Check: With rainy days ahead, inspect your rain gutters and submit a service request through your resident portal if needed. Your vigilance ensures timely maintenance.
  6. Appliance Functionality: Confirm that appliances provided by FBS are in working order. Avoid unpleasant surprises, especially during the holidays, by reporting any issues promptly.
  7. Fireplace Service: It’s your responsibility to clean and service your fireplace. Ensure it’s ready to provide warmth and ambiance during the colder months.
General Safety Checklist:
  1. Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Replace batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and test them to guarantee they function correctly.
  2. Fire Extinguishers: Check your fire extinguisher(s) annually. Ensure they’re properly charged, with the lock pin intact, nozzle unclogged, and no severe damage. Replace extinguishers older than six years.
  3. Fire Escape Plans: Establish two exit paths in every bedroom, including basement bedrooms.
  4. General Cleanup: Eliminate old newspapers and hazardous household chemicals. Keep a clear space around heat-producing appliances to prevent accidents.
What’s Next:

The holiday season often keeps vendors busy. To enjoy a stress-free season, address maintenance issues early. Review your lease, as many general maintenance tasks are resident responsibilities. If your appliances need servicing please submit via your portal. By being proactive and attentive, you can ensure a cozy and trouble-free fall and winter for both you and your property management team.

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