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Summer home checklist.

Home Tips & Tricks

The warm summer months are here and with that comes a full set of new home maintenance requirements. Below you will find some tips and checklists to help keep your home looking great and operating properly! You can also check out our Summer Checklist video here:

Excel Homes - Seasonal Checklist Video: Summer


  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Check and reset ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) in bathrooms and main electrical panel
  • Air out damp basements on dry, sunny days
  • Check heat recovery ventilator (HRV)
    • Replace the filter every 3 months for the first 2 years
    • Replace the filter every 6 months after 2 years
  • Clean range hood filter; you can do so using your dishwasher is a safe and efficient way
  • Check caulking for the following, and remove or replace with an appropriate type of caulking if necessary:
    • Soundness
    • Cracking
    • Detachment
    • Signs of water or air penetration
  • Inspect doors and locks for good working condition


  • Check exterior wood surfaces for deterioration;
    • Refinish wood surfaces including window frames and doors
  • Check roof flashing, valleys and vents
  • Check for missing or damaged shingles
  • Inspect driveways and walkways
  • Check auxiliary buildings such as detached garages and sheds for:
    • Secureness to base anchors
    • Loose or missing components
    • Any damage caused by rodents

For more information please visit the Alberta New Home Warranty website to learn more about each step for maintaining your new home.