Real Estate Tips January 11, 2024

DIY Home Maintenance Guide for Chicagoland: Year Round Tips by Bolingbrook’s Realtor Jake McVey

Welcome to the “exciting” world of DIY home maintenance in Chicago! As a real estate investor and founder of the McVey Group at Coldwell Banker, I understand the importance of hands-on care for your property. In this blog, I’ll share practical, do-it-yourself tips that you can easily incorporate year-round to keep your Chicago home in top shape.

Year-Round DIY Home Maintenance Tasks:

1. Monthly Tasks:

  • Check HVAC Systems: Replace HVAC filters monthly. It’s a simple task that keeps your system running efficiently.
  • Inspect Plumbing:  Regularly check for leaks, test faucets, and fix any slow-draining sinks with basic plumbing tools.
  • Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors:  Conduct monthly tests and replace batteries when needed to ensure your home’s safety.

2. Seasonal Home Maintenance Tips:


  • Inspect Roof and Gutters:  Conduct a visual inspection of your roof and clean gutters to prevent water damage. Simple repairs can be done with roofing sealant.
  • Service Air Conditioning:  Clean or replace the air filter and clear debris around the condenser unit. Trim vegetation to maintain proper airflow.


  • Maintain Landscaping:  Regularly trim trees and bushes, mow the lawn, and clear debris. A well-kept exterior enhances curb appeal.
  • Check Trees for Hazards:  Inspect trees for dead or dangerous limbs that may pose a threat to your home or yard. Trim or remove them to prevent potential hazards.
  • Check and Clean Windows:  Clean windows and inspect for damage. Replace or repair seals using a window insulation kit.


  • Inspect and Clean Chimney:  Use a chimney brush to clean soot and debris. Ensure the damper is working correctly.
  • Check Gutters for Blockage:  Clean gutters to remove leaves and debris, ensuring proper drainage and preventing water damage.
  • Check Heating System: Change the furnace filter and clear vents of dust. If you’re comfortable, consider a DIY furnace inspection.


  • Prevent Frozen Pipes:  Insulate pipes using foam sleeves, keep cabinets open, and turn off water to hose bibs. Disconnect hoses and drain to prevent freezing.
  • Check and Seal Windows and Doors:  Use weatherstripping and caulking to seal gaps around windows and doors. This helps keep your home cozy.


Embrace the DIY spirit in maintaining your Chicago home! These simple and practical tasks empower you to take charge of your property’s upkeep. If you ever need guidance or decide to explore professional assistance, the McVey Group at Coldwell Banker is here for you. Enjoy the satisfaction of hands-on homeownership!