Home Ideas Manufactured Home Maintenance: Your Handy Seasonal Guide A manufactured home is both a home and an investment in your future — and just as with any investment, you want to protect it. That’s why seasonal maintenance is so important. By Jason Seale January 31, 2019330 views 0 These maintenance tips will help you keep your manufactured home in top condition throughout the year and help preserve its livability and long-term value. Tip: some of the materials used to construct manufactured homes may require specific care, so always construct your manual or dealer before using products. Spring & Summer Maintenance Inspect the roof — Clean off debris, check for leaks and replace broken or missing shingles to prevent further damage. Check flashing for cracks or soft spots and replace if necessary. Clean gutters and downspouts to avoid unwanted water leaks in your home. Check air conditioner – Your air conditioner have been off for most of the year. Make sure that the filters are clean and clear of debris. Trim trees and shrubs around your home. Check window screens for holes or tears and clean away pollen and debris. Cleaning your siding — Because grime and moss or mod can build up over the winter, it’s important to clean it off to maintain your exterior’s appearance. If you are considering power washing, ask for instructions from your dealer to avoid damage. Make sure your home’s skirting is secure to ensure animals cannot get in, but do allow for proper venting — you don’t want to encourage excess humidity. Check floors for level — In the first few years of home ownership, your house may still be settling. Check to make sure the wood in your house hasn’t contracted or re-expanded and is making your home uneven. Kits available with instructions that will walk you through this process, or you can consult a professional to level your home. Spring forward by checking smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. Fall & Winter Maintenance Rake leaves and debris from your lawn and the base of your home to avoid moisture and pest infestations. Clear the gutter and downspouts. Check flashing for cracks or soft spots and replace if necessary. Check your home’s crawlspace – As the temperature drops, critters from outside are going to want to stay warm in or under your house. Check for damages to foundation or skirting and repair before the cold weather hits. Note: Your home’s skirting is an insulator so make sure its in good repair and secure to ensure pests down try to find a warm place under your home for the winter. Check doors and windows for proper insulation to prevent heat from escaping. Inspecting weather stripping and replace where necessary, and check for drafts and caulking inside and out. Disconnect garden hoses and install covers on outside faucets. Check your home’s manual — some homes with flat roofs will need reseal or recoat roofs as often as once a year. Protect pipes to prevent them from bursting. Shut off exterior faucets and drain water from outdoor pipes and sprinkler systems. Trim trees and bushes that are near your house or electrical wires. Fall back by checking your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms. Check furnace filters and clean or replace as necessary.