Spring Checklist

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Home Evolution Spring Home Maintenance Checklist


Know What To Look For


With spring officially underway, it’s time to get the tools and cleaning supplies out! Although for the most part we’ve had a pretty mild winter, it is very important to do an annual inspection on the exterior of your home to see if anything needs to be attended to. Avoiding problems with your home exterior can be a costly mistake if left unattended. We have put together a comprehensive checklist of things to look for when you go to examine your home.

Now it is easier than ever to tackle your spring cleaning and home inspection at the same time! As always, if you get stuck or come across something you’re not sure about, Home Evolution is here to help answer any questions you may have regarding your home exterior.

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Home Inspection Checklist


Roof Inspection

You should always use caution when climbing onto your roof. Only do this if the pitch of the roof is walkable. You can always do a visible inspection or use a pair of binoculars to get a closer look.

  • Shingles – Check for loose, missing shingles. Check for nail pops. This is typically visible as it raises the shingle and creates a “brow” or “rainbow” with the shingle.
  • Chimneys – Be sure to check that the chimney is not cracking, chipping or missing any mortar, materials.
  • Flashing – Make sure that the flashing around the chimney’s, ventilation boots, as well as other areas are not missing and are caulked properly.
  • Attic – Check the attic to ensure that there is no moisture, leaks, staining on the plywood from leaks. Be sure to check for mold as it is a sure sign of poor ventilation or a leak. While you are up in the attic, be sure to check that there is an adequate amount of insulation there. It is typically recommended that there is at least a minimum of R38(16-18″) of attic insulation.

Gutter Inspection

  • Debris – Check for debris build up inside of the gutters. This debris will not allow the water to be collected properly and can clog the downspouts.
  • Check to make sure that all connection seams are caulked properly and not cracked.
  • Check to make sure the downspouts are connected properly to the gutters.
  • Be sure to check for sagging or loose gutters. It is important for the gutters to maintain the right pitch for water to drain properly.

Siding Inspection

When it comes to the different types of siding substrates, it is a good idea to use common sense when inspecting it.

  • Check to see, especially with vinyl siding if there are any pieces of siding missing.
  • Check for any deformities like protrusions, discoloration, cracking or chipping. This can be a sign of water damage coming from behind the siding.
  • Make sure the trim like facia and windows, doors are not rotting or breaking away.

Window Inspection

  • First and foremost, check for any broken window panes. If cleaning any broken glass, be sure to use caution as you can cut yourself very easily.
  • Check for staining on the interior and for condensation. Often times when the seal breaks on the window, the gas escapes from in between the window panes and this allows for condensation to build up.
  • Check to ensure that the windows are properly caulked to the trim from the inside and outside of the home to limit the amount of un-necessary airflow.
  • Check all screens on windows and doors to make sure there are no holes or tears before the pesky mosquitos come with the warmer weather.

Paint Inspection

  • Often times the trim on the exterior takes a beating from the changing temperatures and needs to be examined. Be sure to check around the brick mould around doors as well as trim near the gutters and other areas that are prone to more moisture.
  • Make sure that any painted siding does not have any paint chipping or fading away. The siding substrate is protected by the paint and rotting will eventually occur if the paint is missing.
  • Check Garage and entrance doors. They often take a beating from foot traffic and can use a fresh coat of paint!
  • Decks – The paint and stain on decks tends to fade, crack and chip away. Staying on top of this can help minimize the deterioration of the deck itself.

Foundation Inspection

  • Look for any cracks or settling in the foundation. If there are any gaps, holes or cracks, they need to be addressed as they can allow moisture as well as insects into the basement.
  • Check the basement for evidence of moisture on the walls, around window areas. Be sure to check your sump pump to make sure it works properly.
 

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