Thursday, October 25, 2007

Homework for your Home

Here is a brief list for each season of things you should be checking to keep your home well maintained. A well cared for home will help with your enjoyment of it and improve its future market value.


Gutters: Check your gutters to make sure they have not been damaged during the winter. You want them clear of debris so water flows freely as intended.

Attic: Inspect the attic for water seepage or condensation issues and have things repaired if needed.

Basement Floor Drains: Check that your drains are functioning properly.

Foundation Walls: Check to see if cracks have appeared or if there were any existing ones that they have not widened.

Flashings on the roof: check that the vents and chimney are in good condition.

Yard Grade: Check the slope and grade of your yard to make sure it will drain away from the foundation as intended. Check that there was not any soil settling over winter.

Decks and Balconies: Check that the railings are in good repair and sturdy. Check the overall condition.

Central Air: Have your C/A serviced and cleaned. Also a good time to have your air filter changed on your furnace.


Windows and Doors: Inspect and repair any issues with your windows and doors.

Exterior Walls: Inspect and repair any issues with the exterior. Redo weak mortar joints in brick facing, repair siding, or paint as needed.

Interior Painting: This is a good time to paint your interior as well if you have plans to do so.

Roofing: Check over your roof to make sure it is good repair and replace shingles if needed.


Baseboard Heaters: Clean and test to make sure they are in working order

Furnace: Clean ducts, change furnace filter, and make sure your furnace is working properly.

Fireplace: Inspect the condition of your fireplace and chimney and repair any issues. Make sure you have them cleaned.

Weather Stripping: Examine windows and doors to make sure the weather stripping is in good repair. Apply new weather stripping if needed.

Attic Vents: Inspect the attic vents and make sure they are clear of debris.

Crawl Space: If you have a heated crawl space make sure you shut the vents.


Stay warm. Drive safely.

Maintaining your home during the warmer months is a great way to make sure you have no winter emergencies. Avoid tragedies like a dead furnace on the coldest day of the year.

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