EIGHT TIPS TO GET YOUR HOME READY FOR THE CHANGE OF SEASON

Each season your home combats a barage from the elements. By conducting seasonal maintenance you can avoid costly repairs that usually arise from neglect. Start these helpful tips now, save money and get a jump on the upcoming season.

When we conduct maintenance inspections we focus on eight areas. Each of these areas is where home owners must focus to prepare for seasonal changes:

  •       Roofing

  •       Exterior

  •       Structure

  •       Insulation & Ventilation

  •       Electrical

  •       Heating & Cooling

  •       Plumbing

  •       Interior

1.)   ROOFING-Check your roof/gutters/downspouts:

Clear debris from gutters and examine downspouts for damage.  Make sure downspout extensions are connected and are directing water away from the foundation. Look for lifting shingles or damaged or missing flashing around your chimney or skylights. These may require repair to prevent water penetration.

2.)   EXTERIOR– Examine the grounds of your property:

 Walk around your house have a look at the foundation. Look for cracks in the foundation, any cracks wider than ¼ of an inch need to be monitored. If it grows call in a professional to investigate. Check walkways for cracks and loose pavers. Fix walkway and entry way areas before slippery weather can cause a tripping hazard.

 3.)   STRUCTURE-Check out your basement:

Where applicable check basement foundation for signs of water penetration.  Examine any wood beams, columns, joists for deterioration and any evidence of insects and or rodents.

4.)   INSULATION & VENTILATION-What’s in the attic?

Check your attic how is your insulation? Are there bare spots or signs of water penetration? You may need to top up or add more insulation to those spots.  This is a great place to save money on heating and cooling costs, and to see early signs of roofing issues.

5.)   ELECTRICAL-It could be shocking!

Regularly check for damaged or compromised equipment. This includes cracked sockets or plugs, burn marks on leads and outlets. If you use extension cords or power bars, check that there’s a tight connection between the plugs and the sockets. Cheap power bars only last a few years and the connections inside them get soft, so you want to make sure those connections remain firm, or you’ll risk overheating and fire.

6.)   HEATING & COOLING-Change your filters:

 If you have a central air conditioning system, change the air filter regularly. If you have a window air conditioning unit, remove from the window or place a waterproof cover over it to prevent damage. Change filters in stove vents, clothes dryers and room fans if applicable.  Clean air filters will keep your family healthier.

 7.)   PLUMBING– Are there any leaky faucets or toilets?  

Examine faucets in the kitchen, bathrooms, and utility room locations. Many times these leaky faucets simply require a cartridge or a washer be replaced. This is another money saver which can stop your money from going down the drain. Examine your toilets, if you have a toilet that is constantly running it may also only require an easy fix, such as a flapper replacement.

 8.)   INTERIOR– Check windows and doors:

The majority of conditioned air in your home is lost through the windows and doors.  Go through your home and open windows and doors, to ensure the seal, caulking and weather stripping around the frame is in good condition. Think of adding insulation kits or drapery around windows that are extra drafty, to help block some air infiltration.

Use these eight tips to help you get a jump start on your seasonal home maintenance. These tips can help save you money but most of all keep your family safe. Your home is your biggest investment a little preventative maintenance can go a long way to maintaining or increasing the value of this investment.