With Spring finally here, it's time to take a couple of hours to review how your place survived the winter. Below is a partial checklist to help with the process:
☐ Inspect roof for shingles that are missing, curled up at edges or have moved out of position.
☐ Clean gutters and downspouts. Make sure they are still in place and properly secured.
☐ Look for pooling water after big spring rains close to home foundation.
☐ Check landscape elevation next to house to make sure drainage slope still properly directs water away from home foundation.
☐ Check shrubs and trees for cracked or broken branches, have growth over roof and close to home trimmed or removed.
☐ Inspect painted surfaces and touch up if necessary.
☐ Check exterior water spigots and supply lines for cracks and leaks.
☐ Check condition of caulk around doors and windows.
☐ Have A/C tune-up performed.
☐ Oil garage door channels.
☐ Check outside electrical outlets.
☐ Inspect yard implements (mower, etc.) to make sure no critters are nesting within before starting them.
☐Tune up yard implements by replacing spark plug and air filter. Have mowing blades sharpened. Your local hardware store (not the big box places) will often be able to help.
☐ Run gas out of your snowblower.
☐ Consider spraying perimeter of house for ants and other insects.
☐ Pick up any trash or debris around grounds that may have accumulated over winter.
☐ Inspect deck surface and handrails for sturdiness; wash/re-seal if necessary.
☐☐ For walk-out basements, check retaining walls for damage.
☐ Check fences around property and pools for damage, especially if home has small children/pets.
☐ Replace furnace and air conditioning filters (have the furnace inspected and cleaned).
☐ Test smoke/carbon monoxide detectors. Replace batteries. (Replace detectors every 10 years.)
☐ Test fire extinguishers.
☐ Inspect/clean entire length of dryer vent to outside or have it professionally inspected/cleaned.
☐ Check indoor and outdoor air vents for blockages.
☐ Inspect attic for moisture and signs of animal intrusion.
☐ Check basement for any interior cracks or water seepage.
☐ Check that sump pump is operating; if battery back-up exists, check that battery still holds charge.
☐ Have basement drain inspected and any roots/debris removed to avoid backup into basement.
☐ Inspect electrical cords for wear/damage.
☐ Check for ant infestation.
☐ Spring clean to eliminate clutter.
☐ Wash windows and inspect screens for damage/holes.
☐ Make note of all large/newly purchased items. Discuss with your insurance agent to make sure items are properly insured.
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