Saturday, May 1, 2010

Spring Home Tune Up Checklist

Inspect siding and stucco: Check for any chipping that can leave it open to moisture and seal as required.

Replace old or rotted siding or trim.

Clean gutters and downspouts and make sure they are directing water away from the house.

Inspect the roof for any issues that could lead to leaks.

Inspect the chimney: A qualified home inspector can also do this for you.

Check the attic: Look for vent blockages, damaged soffits, wet spots in the insulation or leaks. Also check for proper ventilation.

Check the heating or air exchanger unit: Change filters and clean the air purifier.

Change the batteries on all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Prune trees and shrubs and check for proper drainage.

Inspect the concrete: Spring is the best time to seal cracks in the driveway or any other concrete.

Inspect the deck for rotting wood and insecure railings.

Make windows and doors weatherproof.

Sprucing up your home in the spring doesn't take a lot of time, but it can save a lot of time and money in the end. Since many large home repairs start out as small, minor issues, inspecting the house after a long winter can make the difference between a small problem and a major home emergency.

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