We all hate doing dirty work, but it has to be done. It may be more satisfying to replace old cabinets or choose a new paint color, but these home maintenance projects need just as much attention.

So, take out your notebooks and get ready to put together you home maintenance checklist. We guarantee you have been overlooking at least one of these items.

1. Exhaust fans

The exhaust and ventilation fans in your bathroom and attic aid in reducing odor and moisture in your home. They also help to release hot air and bring in cool air.

These fans should be cleaned and wiped down every three months to ensure energy efficiency throughout your home.

2. Window seals

If you notice the caulking on your window seal start to peel, it is important you re-caulk it immediately. The damage that a broken window seal causes will go unnoticed until it is too late.

These issues include moisture, condensation, mildew, mold and wood rot. These issues build up in the window frame, which homeowners cannot see until the damage is large enough to cause a hefty repair bill.

Try to take a close look at all your windows at least twice a year.

3. Foundation cracks

Even small cracks in your foundation can cause big problems. These cracks increase in size quicker than you may think, possibly requiring you to replace the whole foundation.

A small crack can simply be fixed with a concrete sealer that may be purchased at your local home improvement store.

4. Garage door springs

Garage doors do not last forever. The spring and mechanisms will rust and wear overtime. In order to preserve the longevity of your garage door, lubricate the springs, rollers, hinges and tracks once a year. Using a silicon spray or motor oil is recommended.

5. Water heater

Mineral deposits build up in your water heater over time. If not drained and cleaned properly, this will clog your drains and faucets.

Every 6 to 12 months, flush your water heater by placing a bucket under your drain valve and let all the sediment collect in the bucket.

6. Crawl space

Moisture damage is fairly common underneath homes with a crawl space.

In order to avoid this costly catastrophe, lay down a vapor barrier or install a humidifier. This will also help to improve the air quality in your home.

7. Kitchen sink

Everything but the kitchen sink? Think again. Your kitchen sink suffers daily wear and tear, not to mention the chemicals from the cleaners that go down the drain.

Avoid any leakage or damage by removing all of the old caulking and re-caulking. Complete this task whenever you notice your caulking is getting old.

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