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Periodic Home Maintenance  Inspections

can alert you to potential problems

before they become expensive repairs


Home Inspections are useful for more than just a

check-list to review when selling or buying a home.


In addition to

a pre-sell Inspection, or a pre-purchase Inspection,

many home owners take advantage of

the benefits provided by a periodic Maintenance Inspection:

  • Provides a blueprint for your home maintenance plan
  • Ranks and prioritizes any deficiencies a home may have
  • Offers advice and recommendations for approaching repairs
  • Helps extend the life of a home’s many components
  • Can assist in reducing energy consumption costs
  • Helps homeowners avoid major repairs down the road
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Your home consists of a number of major systems and components that are designed to work well together to provide you the best possible blend of comfort, utility, and economy. But these components, like any other, are subject to wear and potential damage and require some measure of care and attention to keep them in top operating condition. The proper maintenance of a home can help you avoid both major expense and major inconvenience

There are, obviously, some things that will require repair or attention right away and you will tend to those things as they occur.

But to prevent small issues from becoming big issues there are a few things that should be done on a regular, scheduled basis. The following is a list of the most important things that should be done each Spring and each Fall to keep you home in top shape and avoid costly, major repairs.

 

SPRING CHECK-UP

  • Check central cooling system
  • Clean and service humidifier
  • Clean dingy tile grouting
  • Investigate any water stains or dark stains on ceiling
  • Fill any cracks in masonry
  • Repair any splits or cracks in caulking
  • Clear debris from window wells
  • Repair any exterior cracked or blistered painted surfaces
  • Re-nail any loose siding or trim
  • Wash any dirty exterior siding
  • Repair any loose or cracked decks or patio surfaces
  • Repair any damaged or missing roofing shingles
  • Inspect flashing and repair if necessary
  • Clean eavestroughs and downspouts
  • Check and repair any broken or damaged screens
  • Replace damaged or worn weather stripping
  • Lubricate hinges, latches, and door locks
  • Clean and lubricate tracks of sliding windows and doors
  • Clear debris from storm drains
  • Repair any damage to driveways and walkways
  • Trim overgrown trees and shrubs

 
FALL CHECK-UP

  • Replace any cracked glass or loose putty
  • Check electrical and satellite dish mounting supports
  • Check, clean, and test sump pump
  • Check, clean, and test electrical generator
  • Examine sealant around tubs and shower stalls
  • Examine caulking joints and repair as required
  • Pour a gallon of water into each floor drain to re-fill traps
  • Clear debris from window wells
  • Repair or replace any damaged caulking
  • Lubricate door and window hardware
  • Remove any bird’s nests or insect nests from eaves
  • Clean eavestroughs and downspouts
  • Repair or replace any damaged or missing roof shingles
  • Trim or remove tree branches that may brush against house
  • Clear debris from storm drains