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Home Maintenance Tips

We’ve got you covered A to Z. Having trouble staying organized or figuring out where to start? You can enjoy a safe home environment and increase the salability of your home by taking preventative maintenance precautions early on. Below is a list of suggestions for your convenience.

Attic:

Check for humidity, water stains, rot, mildew and fungus. Check the insulation and make sure it’s not wet. Check for evidence of pests. Make sure any vents are not obstructed.

Basement:

De-clutter and clean; if there is a continual water problem, consider installing a perimeter drain and sump pump system.

Chimney:

Check for loose or deteriorated bricks or mortar. Check for cracks and missing rain caps. Have a chimney sweep inspect, clean the flues and check fireplace damper.

Crawl Space:

Check for standing water 24 hours after it rains. If standing water or fungi is present, further investigation and correction by a qualified licensed contractor is necessary.

Decks:

Check the boards for any curling, cracks, rot, or insect infestation. Maintain by treating the wood and resealing or refinishing as needed.

Driveway:

Check driveways and sidewalks for cracks and deterioration; repair as soon as possible.

Electrical Panel:

Check the electrical panel for rust, watermarks, loose or poor connection. A panel that is warm to the touch or smells burnt needs immediate attention--contact an electrician right away.

Fences:

Check for broken pieces, loose nails and hinges; repair as soon as possible.

Foundation:

Check for evidence of deterioration, cracks, dampness or movement. Cracks and voids should be filled.

Garden:

Edge, mulch and plant colorful plants. Pull any obvious weeds to keep it looking clean.

Garage:

Check automatic garage door opener to make sure it’s in working order. Change the batteries once a year.

Gutters/Downspouts:

Keep gutters and downspouts clean of debris. Check downspout seams for splitting and make sure water is directed away from the foundation, walkways, and driveways.

Heating/Air Conditioning:

Clean and replace your HVAC filters. Have a professional air conditioning contractor inspect and maintain your system as recommended by the manufacturer.

Hot Water Heater:

Check the tank for rust, leaks, and deterioration. If any of these signs appear, contact your service provider.

Lawn:

Cut and edge your grass and garden beds.

Patio:

Check your concrete patio for cracks and any movements.

Plumbing:

Check the shutoff valve at each plumbing fixture to make sure they function. Leaking or dripping faucets should be repaired as soon as possible.

Retaining Walls:

Stone or concrete retaining walls should be checked for evidence of cracks or movement; wooden retaining walls should be checked for rot and insect infestation.

Roof:

Check the roof for discoloration, buckled, loose or missing shingles, gravel erosion, and loose flashing. If any of these issues appear, have a professional roofer assess the situation. Remove old antenna.

Sidewalks:

Check sidewalks for cracks and deterioration; repair as soon as possible.

Siding:

Check damaged, loose, or missing components on vinyl sidings. For stucco, check for cracks and missing parts. For brick, check for broken bricks and loose mortar. Make all necessary repairs as soon as possible.

Smoke detectors:

Check smoke detectors, fire alarms, and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace batteries to ensure they are operating properly.

Sump Pumps:

Make sure sump pump is connected to a power source and the pit is clean of any debris. Make sure the water discharges away from the foundation of the home.

Windows & Doors:

Add weather stripping around doors and make sure windows are caulked to guard against drafts, and cooling and heat loss.

Yard:

Keep it clear of all debris (leaves, litter, etc.) trim bushes and any low-hanging branches. Overgrown foundation plants should be removed and replaced.

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