Your Florida Home Maintenance Checklist

Fall is around the corner! As the heat subsides, you'll want to get outdoors and enjoy your favorite activities. However, this season can also come with a shift in weather conditions that can have a serious impact on your home. It’s time to do some routine maintenance to get things in shape for the months ahead. 


On a monthly basis:

  1. Clean or replace air conditioning filters. If you have an energy recovery system (air exchange system), remember that these filters also need to be cleaned or replaced.

  2. Inspect, clean or replace kitchen vent hood filters (non-charcoal filters).

  3. Flush all toilets and run water through all sinks, especially in bathrooms that are not used on a regular basis.

On a quarterly basis:

  1. Check the exterior drainage conditions to ensure that nothing is causing water to stand in puddles for more than 24 hours and that water from any source is not draining toward your foundation.

  2. Check your GFCIs (ground fault circuit interrupters) for proper operations by tripping the circuit interrupter buttons and then resetting them. If they will not trip and reset, contact your Customer Care Department for service or information on what to do.

  3. Inspect, lubricate and clean all of your exterior vents. Make sure that air flows freely and that each has an operable damper to prevent back flow of outside air and to keep small animals from entering your home.

  4. Lubricate all overhead garage door hinges with white lithium spray.

  5. Inspect and clean all weep holes for water drainage (windows).

On a seasonal basis:

  1. Every six months, inspect and service either your heating or air conditioning system, depending on the season.

  2. Twice a year, you should inspect and repair the following caulked areas, as necessary.

  • Kitchen and bath wet areas

  • Flushing areas

  • Window and door seals

  • Around all penetrations (hose, faucets, duct work from vents, fireplace and chimney vents)

  • Vinyl, aluminum or wood siding

  • Stucco or mortar cracks

  • Interior settling or shrinkage sheetrock cracks

  1. If you have a basement and it has a sump pump, check to make sure it is operating properly, clean the pump screen and remove any soil buildup from the well.

  2. Clean and repair gutters. Make sure gutters are free of material that could prevent free flow of water. Make sure you have splash deflectors at the base of the downspout to deflect water away from the home.

  3. Inspect and adjust sprinkler systems. Set your timers for the proper season to ensure enough, but not too much water per station.

On an annual basis:

  1. Drain and refill your hot water heater(s). This may be necessary on a more frequent basis if you live in an area with extremely hard water.

  2. Inspect and test your hot water heater safety valve.

  3. Inspect your garage door(s), rails and lock system; adjust and lubricate, as necessary. Consider changing your garage door opener code as a security precaution.

  4. Service your lawn mower and yard equipment (blowers, edgers and trimmers).

  5. Clean your faucet aerators and inspect your plumbing for leaks.

  6. Clean and sharpen your garbage disposal by running a tray of ice cubes and depositing a cleaning (foaming) product into the disposal.

  7. Inspect or have tested your home fire extinguishers.

  8. Replace smoke alarm batteries.

Frank Duggan | Premier Sotheby's International Realty

Looking at Second Quarter 2018

Sales of High-End Single-Family Homes in Naples are Stronger than Ever


According to The NABOR® First Quarter 2018 Market Report, home listings and sales within Collier County (excluding Marco Island), overall closed sales increased two percent to 2,926 properties in the second quarter of 2018 from 2,880 in the second quarter of 2017.

In the $2 million and above single-family home market, closed sales rose 25 percent in the second quarter of 2018. This means that interest in luxury homes only continues to be high.

The real estate market's stability during the second quarter also extended to its median closed prices which increased only one percent to $345,000 in the second quarter of 2018 from $340,000 in the second quarter of 2017.

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Homes near Naples Beach and in the North Naples area saw the greatest increase during the second quarter, and condominium sales in Central Naples surpassed all other home type sales during the second quarter

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With an average of 30 transactions a day during the 2Q, the summer months (and September) are looking promising!  

Frank Duggan | Premier Sotheby's International Realty