It’s a good idea for homeowners to expect some natural deterioration and budget appropriately for repairs and
improvements that are likely to become necessary given the age and condition of their home. For buyers who are
considering a purchase, a property inspector can provide specific information in regards to the age of a home’s
most vital systems and its overall construction quality.
When it comes to keeping up your homes surfaces, systems and appliances, there are a number of things you can do yourself throughout the year to ensure they last as long as possible.
Roof: Fall and spring are good times to conduct routine maintenance on the roof, including the replacement of missing or damaged shingles or tiles and checking for signs of blistering or damage that can lead to leaks. Clear all debris from the roof and gutters, especially the valleys where it can accumulate and cause water to puddle.
Siding: Clean your home’s exterior with a garden hose sprayer and mild detergent or a power washer after winter passes. Tighten loose trim and add caulk to areas with cracks to keep the elements from intruding and causing further damage to the structure.
Decks: Wash and treat wood with paint or a weatherproofing product to prevent cracking and get them in prime condition for spring and summer outdoor entertaining.
Irrigation: Check sprinkler systems thoroughly before the summer approaches to spot and fix leaks and make sure water is not spraying against the home’s foundation or siding.
Basement: Watch for signs of moisture intrusion and find the source of any leaks that can lead to serious mold or fungus problems if left unaddressed.
Kitchen/Baths: Replace damaged caulking around tubs, showers, sinks and toilets to avoid water-related damage to the walls, floors and cabinets.
HVAC: Change the filter in your air return as often as recommended by the manufacturer. Some types need to be replaced every one to three months, while others last six months or longer.