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The top 10 annual maintenance tips for your home's best year yet

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We’re nearing the end of the year, which means we’ll soon enter a new one full of personalizing, maintaining, and updating your home. It can be difficult to keep up with your major appliances and home systems as the seasons change, but luckily, we’ve got you covered. Our list of top ten tips is here to help you take care of your home year-round!


Spring has sprung — and these maintenance tips are here to help! The articles below can help you get ready before the flowers are in full bloom.

ONE: HVAC maintenance

Spring brings allergies, so at the top of the season, it’s important to go through your home and change your HVAC filters. Our HVAC filter tutorial is here to answer your FAQs and help you breathe easy.

TWO: Smoke alarm safety

Spring isn’t just for cleaning — it’s also a perfect time for your biannual smoke alarm safety check. To make it easier to remember, complete your biannual smoke alarm maintenance when Daylight Saving Time starts or ends.

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Summertime is high time for fast and easy maintenance, allowing you to spend more time on the sun-filled activities you prefer!

THREE: Dishwasher maintenance

This is barbecue season — make sure your dishwasher is ready to handle the next load so you can be free to enjoy more summer fun. Read our dishwasher maintenance guide to make sure it’s ready when you are.

FOUR: Dryer safety

After putting another hectic academic year in the books, many families take the kids and hit the road. The last thing anyone wants is their dryer to catch fire or malfunction just before a family vacation. Use our easy dryer safety checklist to give your dryer a quick once-over and avoid dryer disaster.

FIVE: Backyard transformation

Whether you’re all about the comfort decorating phenomenon or it’s simply time to take your backyard to the next level, our backyard transformation guide can help you clear up your green space and create the outdoor sanctuary of your dreams.

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After another stellar summer, it’s time to get a head start on all things fall. Our guides below can help you cover your bases before the cold snap hits.

SIX: Preparing for fall

Preparing for fall can feel overwhelming, but our fall home checklist is your one-stop shop for making sure your home is ready for the new season, inside and out.

SEVEN: Avoid frozen sprinklers

Each winter, many have a plan in place to make sure the pipes inside their home don’t freeze, but the underground plumbing of your sprinkler system can easily be left out of the equation. Our guide on winterizing your sprinkler system makes it easy to prep the plumbing inside and outside your home.

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As you begin your winter prep for seasonal gatherings, use these articles to make sure your home is both ready for holiday hosting and safe to be left alone while you travel.

EIGHT: Furnace humidifier maintenance

When it comes to keeping your home warm all winter long, the furnace is the star of the show. The furnace humidifier serves as your furnace’s right-hand man, and it has maintenance needs all its own. With our furnace humidifier maintenance checklist, you’ll be ready to keep this component in tip-top shape.

NINE: Snow and ice removal

Many homeowners face the seasonal conundrum of keeping walkways perpetually free of ice and snow. Simplify this homeowner labor of love with our snow and ice removal guide.

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TEN: Meet your needs AND wants while staying on budget                                                                                    As homeowners all over the country tally holiday spending and budget for the year ahead, it can be a task to leave enough room for wants while covering essential costs. At America’s Preferred Home Warranty, we offer annual and monthly warranty options, so you can live the life you want AND have home warranty coverage. This and our many other customized plans allow you to choose what works best for your household while staying on budget!

For more information on all the benefits of an APHW home warranty, explore our coverage guide or call 866.521.1388 today!

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