With spring just around the corner, it’s time to see how well your property weathered the winter.
Roof – Check for lifting, curling, or missing shingles. Also check for shingles that have lost their gritty texture. Remove debris or built-up moss that can reduce your roof’s lifespan.
Siding and Gutters – Repair damaged or loose siding. Clean gutters of leaves and debris. Replace any damaged gutters or fascia.
Exterior paint – Warm weather is a great opportunity to paint siding, doors, or shutters on your home or garage. A fresh coat of quality exterior paint can help protect your home from the elements.
Windows – Replace and re-glaze windows that have broken or lost their seal over the winter months. These repairs can help keep A/C costs down as temperatures warm up. Check caulking around windows, basement window wells and other areas where water may seep in.
Railings – Inspect all handrails and make sure they are securely fastened in order to prevent falls.
How did your home survive the winter? This checklist can help prevent property maintenance and liability issues.
Sidewalks and driveways – Repair any cracks or shifted concrete to reduce tripping hazards.
Outdoor lighting – Replace burned out bulbs. Make sure lighting is adequate enough near walkways and steps.
Play equipment – Before turning the little ones loose in the back yard, check play equipment for sturdiness and mend gaps in fences.
Other equipment – Have your air conditioning unit serviced before the busy summer months arrive. Now is also a good time to clean out your clothes dryer vent to avoid a common fire hazard.
Foundation – Check for new cracks in your foundation and make repairs. While you’re looking in that area, replace worn caulking around outdoor faucets and check for leaks.
Alarms – Many people check the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and sump pump alarms when the clocks rolled forward for Daylight Savings Time. You didn’t forget, did you?