Recommended Maintenance Schedule

A useful timetable for owners of old houses

Historic New England’s Inspection and Maintenance Schedule is designed to help you get a handle how and when to inspect your home. It also shares the proper preservation methods for completing basic maintenance repairs.

Typically, each of the features listed below should be inspected twice a year, preferably in the early spring to catch any damage caused by a New England winter, and in the late fall to make sure your home is in good repair before snow flies. It is also a good idea to do inspections after a rainstorm, so any areas of moisture can be noted. Catching and addressing small problems early will save you from expensive and invasive fixes down the road.


Foundations and Steps

Chimneys and Fireplaces


Gutters and Downspouts


Exterior Wood Features, General

203166hpr_-_471_x_360Exterior Wood Features, Sills/Cornices/Doors/Woodwork


Structural Elements


Wood, Railings and Fences

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