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Home Maintenance Challenge Week 7: Clean Rain Gutters and Couch Covers

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Trying to get a handle on your home maintenance on the inside and outside?

Well, you’re in the right place.

I started a home maintenance challenge.

Each week I provide sample tasks to work on.

I  base our challenge on checklists and recommendations from websites that showcase experts.

Many people find it hard to keep up with their house projects and general maintenance for their home. . .especially when it’s super hot.

I think we are all tired of it by August. It is VITAL to maintaining your property value, sanity, and sense of order. It also helps to potentially avoid bigger problems down the road that can cost a lot of money.

Give Rosie the Robot a Run for Her Money with Good House Keeping and Home Maintenance

Each week I’m challenging readers to take better care of their homes inside and out.

Whether you are working on a large ongoing project, simply completing small tasks around the house, or just looking to inspect your home. . .post comments, blog posts, and updates here.

Are you up for the challenge?

Link your post in the comments below. Also feel free to show pictures on Twitter. Tweet me at @msenthusiast and use hashtag

#home to share your photos, updates, and blog posts. If you’d like to join a special Pinterest board, the challenge will be posted there as well as progress and other home-related posts. Just email me at info at MoneySavingEnthusiast dot com if you’d like join.

This week check in on gutters. If you don’t know how to do this, call a handy friend or hire help.

For this week:

If gutters bring leaves and debris your way, clean it out. Lowe’s has useful videos to watch on Youtube for cleaning gutters. It’s also the first line of defense for keeping dirt out of your house. I noticed my welcome mats looked a bit worn after inviting company over. You can only shake them out so much. Purchasing a new welcome mat is so inexpensive. Think about getting washable cotton rugs too.

  • InsideClean your couch covers. If you have a couch that’s covered with fabric. Take the covers off and wash them. We often forget to do this.



  • Outside– Prevent potential water damage by cleaning your rain gutters. This is a must-do home maintenance task that you can do yourself or hire a professional to do the work.


Here is a video from Lowe’s that shows you how to do this.


I adapted some of these ideas from the CNN Money’s Home Calendar for August.

Home Maintenance Challenge: Week 1 Windows

Home Maintenance Challenge: Week 2 Indoor and Outdoor Clutter

Home Maintenance Challenge: Week 3 Filters, Wooden Deck and More

Home Maintenance Challenge Week 4: Organize Inside & Complete an Outdoor Project

Home Maintenance Challenge Week 5: Switch Plates and Blue Flowers Maybe

Home Maintenance Challenge Week 6: Welcoming Welcome Mat and Ditching Yard Clutter

This challenge provided is intended for general maintenance around the house. The owner of this website assumes no responsibility for the information contained herein and disclaims any liability for the outcome of the projects. If you have questions or doubts, consult a professional.

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