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January Home Maintenance Checklist

A new year has arrived! You likely have plans to create better habits and find new ways to improve in the next 365 days. To set yourself up for success, it’s best to make sure your home is ready for the changes you’re about to make in your life.

When it comes to home maintenance, the top tasks in January involve making sure your home is clean and organized, ready for the new year ahead. Here are some January home maintenance tasks to start your year off right.

January To-Do List

It’s time for a fresh start in your home and January is the perfect time to do so. After a busy holiday season, I bet your home can use some TLC to get it clean and organized. Here are your top tasks for this month:

  • Deep Clean Your Home
  • Organize The Basement
  • Check For Ice Dams
  • Clean Your Kitchen Appliances
  • Clean Ducts & Vents
  • Plan Your Remodeling Projects














Deep Clean Your Home

While many homeowners wait for a spring cleaning to freshen up your home, I think January is the perfect time for a deeper clean. I like starting the year off knowing that my home is free of dust and build-up. Personally, I prefer to go room by room and clean every shelf, carpet and baseboard, making it free of clutter and dust. Depending on the size of your home, this could take anywhere from an afternoon to a weekend. But, you’ll feel great once it’s done.



Organize The Basement

If you have a basement, finished or unfinished, I’d guess that it accumulates a lot of items throughout the year. It’s the perfect time to go through old items to donate or sell and reorganize things you want to keep. I’m an advocate for storing items in clear containers so you can easily see what’s inside. These clear stackable storage bins from The Container Store are perfect for your basement. Not only are they great to organize items of any size, but they are also moisture-proof so you won’t have to worry about your belongings if your basement becomes damp.




ice dams

Check For Ice Dams

If you live in a colder part of the country, you may want to check for ice dams in your gutters. This can happen when snow begins to melt from warmer air coming off the roof, yet freezing when it hits the gutter. This can cause big problems when the weather begins to get warmer in the spring, causing leaks and damage to your home. If you find you have an ice dam, a roof rake should help to remove the built-up ice short term. However, a long-term solution is needed. You may want to have better roof ventilation to prevent ice dams from occurring.



Clean Kitchen

Clean Your Kitchen Appliances

You spend a lot of time in your kitchen throughout the year. It’s time to spend some extra time giving your appliances a good scrub. Clean your stove range and oven, getting under racks and the hood as well. An important area to also clean is your kitchen sink and garbage disposal. Refreshing them will get rid of any lingering odors in your kitchen.



Clean Ducts & Vents

Another important area of the home you’ll want to be sure is clean for the new year is your air ducts and vents. While you may not think of them often, it’s important to clean at least annually to keep dust and debris from accumulating.



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Plan Your Remodeling Projects

With a new year ahead, it’s the perfect time to start to think about what you want to accomplish for your home this year. Is it finally time to start that kitchen remodel you’ve always wanted? What about expanding your small bathroom? Now is the time to start to plan ahead and help the remodeling process go as smooth as possible. Contact us to get your remodeling project started!


It’s a new year and the perfect time to get your home in order after a busy holiday season. Clean and organize to get the year off to a great start.

By Jaclyn Crawford


Custom Contracting, Inc. 1267A Massachusetts Ave. Arlington, MA 02476 Phone: 781-648-2835 Fax: 781-648-0907 Email:

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