October 24th, 2019

Seasonal Home Maintenance Checklist

Buying a new home is nothing less than exciting – from anxiously awaiting move-in day, to deciding where furniture and utensils will go, there’s a lot to look forward to. Home maintenance might not be at the top of your list, but it’s an important part of homeownership. Less maintenance is just one of the reasons why you might want to go with a new construction home, or even a townhome, over an older, preexisting home. The new homes and townhomes at Shearwater require less care than you might think. Here’s a handy guide to the things your new home will need that will help keep it in as great of shape as the day you first moved in.


  • Wash windows and siding to prevent buildup and keep your home looking fresh.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts to prevent blockages and drainage issues.
  • Inspect the roof, chimney, driveway, sprinkler systems, and screen doors and windows for any damage.
  • Have the air conditioner unit serviced to ensure it runs smoothly during the summer months.


  • Clean up the yard and porch to get ready for summer get togethers. Remember the grill!
  • Test your home alarm to ensure it’s working properly.
  • Clean refrigerator coils and bathroom vents so they can run efficiently.
  • Check that your washing machine and dryer are working properly. In particular, make sure the dryer vent is clear of any blockages.


  • Have the heating system serviced before the weather starts to cool down.
  • Sweep the chimney, if you have one, in preparation for cozy nights in.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts (again!) to make sure they’re draining properly.
  • Rake leaves and put away any patio furniture that you won’t be using over winter.


  • Check on insulation in your attic, and consider insulating your water heater to conserve energy.
  • Ensure all holiday decorations are secure and rated for outdoor use.
  • Check around windows and doors for any cracked or broken caulk and make repairs to prevent cold drafts.
  • Clean overlooked places inside, like the kitchen exhaust hood and filter, the dishwasher and washing machine, ceiling fans and baseboards.

At Shearwater, a new home community located in St. Augustine, Florida, homes are designed with innovative features that make it a little easier to take care of your home, like rain-sensing irrigation systems, improved insulation and home automation options. To learn more about everything Shearwater has to offer, schedule a tour to see it all firsthand and make sure to join our Interest List to receive the latest news and updates.