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Home Maintenance and Improvements Require Planning

Check out this guide of home maintenance tips and reminders to keep your home in tip-top shape. A well-maintained home promotes strong property values and everyone's enjoyment of their home and community.

Keeping your home well-maintained is a great way to enhance its value, protect your most significant investment, and get the most enjoyment from your home.

Whether you’d like to completely renovate your home or, simply stay on top of regular home maintenance, there are things you must anticipate and plan.

While our sunny Southern California weather makes it easier to complete maintenance items on a year-round schedule. Certain improvements make sense to perform starting in Spring, through the Summer.


  • Inspect and clear dryer vents and ducting
  • Start planning larger projects that may require LARMAC approval to secure contractors that may book up in the summer months


  • Inspect the exterior of your home, drainage, hardscape, and fencing
  • Clear debris from your gutters and downspouts in time for springtime showers
  • Check potted plants and saucers to eliminate standing water, to reduce the number of mosquitos

For more information on ways to eliminate breeding sources, visit 


  • Clean windows
  • Replace worn weather stripping to reduce drafts and increase energy efficiency
  • Maintain the heating and air condition unit (HVAC) by cleaning and replacing filters
  • Contact your HVAC contractor before they’re inundated with requests in the summer
  • Reseed and fertilize your lawn and plants and check your irrigation

For more information on setting irrigation timers, visit Santa Margarita Water District's Watering Guide


  • Touch up exterior paint or apply a new coat of paint
  • Clean your grill just in time for backyard summer BBQs
  • Change your ceiling fans to spin counterclockwise; this pushes the air down to create a breeze during warm weather


  • Start any major landscaping projects (any home exterior projects require LARMAC approval)
  • Conduct pest control to keep bugs and critters out
  • Create defensible space around your home ahead of fire season

For more information on vegetation management, visit

What projects require LARMAC approval?
Not sure what exterior home projects LARMAC requires review and approval? Check with LARMAC first before a project begins. 


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