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Maintaining Your Home

There are a few tasks you’ll want to do regularly to make sure your home is running in tip-top shape after closing. Of course, each home is different, but hopefully this is a helpful guide!


  • Clean your dishwasher filter – This helps ensure your dishwasher is actually getting your dishes clean & won’t break in the future. This video is helpful! Warning — this can be kind of gross the first time you clean it, but if you’re cleaning it regularly, it’s a breeze.
  • Clean your garbage disposal – You’ll want to clean your garbage disposal every so often to ensure it’s not a breeding ground for bacteria or mold.


  • Change your air filters – This helps ensure your HVAC isn’t working harder than it needs to by blowing through a dirty filter. We like these! Order them on Amazon for auto-delivery (make sure you have the right size for your home) & you’ll never forget.
  • Clean your washing machine – Especially if you have a front-loader with a rubber seal, you’ll want to make sure you clean this machine to prevent any mold or bacteria growth.


  • HVAC servicing & tune-up – Many HVAC service providers have a service plan that includes an air conditioning tuneup in the spring & a heating tuneup in the fall. We like Chicago HVAC Repair Doctor!
  • Replace your humidifier water pad – we like these! Make sure you have the right size for your home.
  • Exterior window washing – this is recommended each year.
  • Upholstery & carpet cleaning – this is recommended each year. We like Chicago Couch Cleaning!


  • Clean your dryer vent – this is recommended every 1-2 years. Dryer vents accumulate flammable lint & can lead to dryer fires. They can also burn out the heating element & break your dryer. You can DIY or hire a professional.
  • Air duct cleaning – this is recommended every 3-5 years. If you do any major renovations, it’s a good idea to get this cleaned to remove construction dust.

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