Spring Home Assessment
Updated: Apr 17, 2018
Things to look at when inspecting your home.
Spring is a good time to trim trees up and away from your roof. Look for chipped or missing shingles, check flashing, soffits, fascia and any wood trim in contact with the roof for rotting or peeling paint.
Exterior Walls and Foundation
Check for any cracks, deterioration or peeling paint. If there's excessive
foundation cracking call for a professional inspection. Otherwise, you can patch it yourself with a mortar patch (applied with a caulk gun).
If water settles around your house rather than draining away, make
sure the soil is sloping away from the house (1 inch per 6 feet is what's
recommended). If it doesn’t simply backfill with some top soil.
Doors and Windows
Look for peeling or cracked caulk and weather stripping. You can easily
purchase caulk and repair it yourself. Clean out window wells and check that all windows and doors open, close and lock properly.
Porches, Decks and Patios
Sealing your wooden porches and decks on an annual basis will help
prevent against rotting and deterioration. Secure any wobbly rails or steps and replace or treat any rotting or deteriorating wood. Check patios for cracks or settling and repair.
Driveways and Sidewalks
Check for cracking and fill with concrete patch. Taking the time to seal
your concrete will help prevent further cracking and deterioration. If you
have asphalt be sure to have it sealed according to the recommended
number of years your installer suggested.