Home Maintenance

When you buy a home with Shree Homes Inc. you not only get a property built with care and detail – you also get a partner in ensuring your home is in excellent functional condition for years to come. We care about our homes, and want you to enjoy your day-to-day living as stress free as possible. We have provided some simple maintenance tips and tricks, and resources for further reading. If you ever need emergency help or maintenance requests, please call us or fill out a maintenance request form.

4 Season Maintenance


  • It is very important to check the attic and the basement for any cracks.
  • Turn on the valves for outdoor water pipes.
  • Clean out the gutters.
  • Check the caulk around the windows and doors.
  • Oil the track of the garage door.
  • Check for loose siding or trim.
  • Replace the furnace filter.
  • Lubricate hinges and locks.
  • Prepare your lawn and flowerbed for spring season.


  • Check your smoke detector and carbon monoxide detection system to ensure they are both functioning properly.
  • Note any insect problems – contact pest control if necessary.
  • Wate lawn frequently, especially during hot, dry summers.
  • Ensure our sump pump is operating properly, and clean rain any debris from the pit as necessary


  • Have your furnace and ERV or HRV unit serviced by a licensed professional.
  • Clean and inspect bathroom exhaust fans from dust build up.
  • Inspect your washer hose and dryer hook-up for any leaks.
  • Check all silicone sealants around bathtubs, showers and sinks. Reseal if cracked or peeling.
  • Fertilize your lawn to prepare it for winter and rake up any leaf debris.


  • Remove any ice build-up from any ventilation exhausts.
  • Avoid using salt for melting ice and snow on concrete walkways, steps and porches.
  • Check the attic for signs of condensation. Ensure roof insulation is still evenly distributed.
  • Clean out any sediment from your sink faucet aerators and spray nozzles.
  • Clean a clear pathway for your downspouts to drain and not be blocked by snow.

After the Storm

If you are not comfortable or able to safely inspect your roof, hire a professional roofing contractor to conduct a full inspection for you.

From Outside

  • Look for any missing or damaged Shingles. If you find any, have them replaced immediately.
  • Check for any damage to flashing around chimneys, skylights, vents. Flashing helps seal these areas and prevent leaks, so it’s important to have it in good condition.
  • Look for any standing water on the roof, it could be sign of damage.
  • Inspect the gutters and downspouts for debris or damage.
  • Clogged gutters can lend to water pooling on the roof.
  • Check for any damage to fascia and soffits.
  • Take note of any other problems you see, such as cracks or holes.

From Inside

  •  If you notice any water stain on ceilings or walls, it’s possible there is a leak somewhere.
  • Water damage can cause peeling of paint or wallpaper.
  • Check for mold growth inside the house it can be sign of damage or leak.
  • Pooling of water in the attic is sign of damage or leak in roof.

Wood Floor Care

Clean Spills Immediately

Use a dry or slightly damp cloth to immediately wipe up anything you spill, avoiding wet or steam mops, which will cause more damage over time.

Because wood swells and shrinks depending on moisture, both on it and in the air, it is important to keep humidity levels down to avoid cupping,  splitting, and gapping of the wood. The best way to prevent these issues are to clean up spills as soon as they occur, to keep your homes temperature between 60 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit (also between 30 o 50 percent humidity), and ban wet  shoes from the house. They’re kind of gross, anyway.

Use Furniture Pads

Scratches are some of the toughest problems to solve in wood floors. While some scratches are inevitable, others are definitely preventable. One of the best ways to prevent them is to add furniture pads to the legs of your chairs, sofas, tables, etc.

Sweep or Dust Daily

It may seem excessive, but it is a recommendation. Even if you have a no-shoes rule in your home, dust forms everywhere and then settles into the grain and between floor boards. If you have furry friends around the house who never stop shedding, consider it a hygiene issue, too.

Things to Avoid:

  • Do not pour cleaner directly on the floor.
  • Do not use a wet mop that can leave excess water behind.
  • Never use floor wax, oil-based detergent, or any other household cleaner on your floor. These products can damage the finish and leave a greasy film that makes your floor slippery, difficult to maintain, and impossible to refinish without deep sanding and complete revarnishing.
  • Do not raise or lower the temperature of a radiant heating system by more
    than 2.8°C (5°F) per day when turning the system on or off.

Cabinet Care

Choose cleaning cloth wisely

To clean cabinets, the best choice is soft cloths that are lint-free. Great types of clothes to use are soft cotton fabrics such as cheesecloth or chamois. An old tshirt also works well. Some fabrics may leave lint residue like old flannel shirts or old dish towels. The best option for cabinets are older materials that have been washed frequently and are softer.

TIP: Avoid using a used dishcloth or Sponge. They carry residue and chemicals that can damage the cabinet surface.

Avoid abrasive cleaning solvents

When cleaning your cabinets, use natural products that won’t scratch the cabinet finish or leave sticky residues. Avoid using any cleaning products that contain ammonia, and avoid abrasive cleaners such as powdered cleaners.

Mild, grease-cutting hand washing dish soap makes an ideal cabinet cleaner. You can make your own cabinet cleaning soap easily with ingredients you already have at home. Mix 2 tablespoons of dish soap into 2 cups of warm water. You can also use a mixture of vinegar and water. Apply the mild cleaning detergent of your choice to your cabinets using a soft cloth or sponge. For tough stains, some water spots respond to white toothpaste or baking soda. Use a non-abrasive wet sponge to clean the cabinet surface, while being careful not to scratch or otherwise damage the surface. Test the cleaner on the interior of the cabinet before you use it on the cabinet exterior for best results.

TIP: If using a commercial cleaning product, buy one made specifically for wood cabinets.

Limit exposure to moisture

Avoid hanging wet dishcloths or towels over cabinets or cabinet doors, since long exposure to water will damage the finish and may leave stains. Use a hanging towel rack or consider washing and drying your dishcloths and towels with your laundry.

TIP: Dry wet dishcloths or towels in the dryer rather than leaving them to hang on cabinets or cabinet doors.

Avoid staining and discoloration

To keep cabinets looking their best, follow best basic care practices. Immediately clean up any spills, splatters, or water spots with a soft cloth. The sooner you spot clean, the less chance of staining or discoloring the cabinetry. Grease and food particles also become more difficult to remove over time.

TIP: Removing dried -on residue may require tough scrubbing and a harsh cleaner. Be careful not to damage the cabinet finish.

Polish for shiny cabinets

For a buffed shine on wood cabinets, use a furniture polish after cleaning. Polishes are usually applied using a soft cloth, then buffed to a shiny finish. Polishes contain mild detergents and emulsifiers to clean and shine wood cabinets and leave a protective coat of mineral oil.

TIP: To create a homemade polish, mix half a cup of olive oil with one tablespoon of lemon juice. Mix well and apply to wood cabinets with a cloth.

Avoid commercial waxes or sprays

Use commercial furniture waxes, sprays, and polishes sparingly on kitchen cabinets. Spray polishes often contain silicone, which does form a shine, but can also create a barrier over the wood. This barrier makes touch ups or refinishing impossible. Waxes form a buildup over time, attracting dust, dirt, smoke, and pollutants from the air.

TIP: Wood doesn’t need oily polishes or cleaners to moisturize. If wood cracks or dries, it is a result of a lack of humidity in the air.

Maintenance Checklist


  • Check fire/smoke alarm.
  • Check fire extinguisher.


  • Clean range hood filters.
  • Clean or Replace forced air HVAC filters.
  • Run water and flush toilets in little used area like basement and guest rooms.


  • Test sump pumps and flood drains.
  • Vacuum lint from duct, vents and surrounding area of cloth dryer.
  • Check dishwasher and laundry hose for leaks.
  • Look for damaged electrical wires.
  • Inspect roof/gutters and downspouts for damage or sign of wear.
  • Make sure water is discharged away from the foundation of the home.
  • Look for peeling paint and caulk around the house.


  • Check and replace worn weather stripping.
  • Test hot-water heater.
  • Have HVAC system cleaned and inspected.
  • Check basement for any cracks, leaks and signs of insects or rodents.
  • Have active chimney cleaned and serviced.
  • Remove dead foliage and prune trees/shrubs.


  • Holes in walls or roof.
  • Pooling water in attics, bathrooms or other areas.
  • Large concrete cracks.
  • Sparking or overly heated switches or wires need IMMEDIATE replacement.
Why it is important:

Keeping your home in tip-top shape saves you money in the long run and provides you peace of mind all year long.