Get ready for spring, home maintenance check list

Posted: February 11, 2012 in about staten island
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Get ready for spring, home maintenance check list

Check List of Spring Outdoor Maintenance for Homeowners

Start at the top-the roof. There is no need to climb. Just get a good pair of field glasses and take a look.  Check for missing shingles, debris around the chimney and for loose gutters.

Exterior.  Check the siding for gaps of caulking that came off, peeling or blistering paint, tree branches or shrubs too close to the siding, and trim or call a professional. Check also around your property, to see if any tree branches look dead, have a professional cut them before they fall down and do damage to your house or fall on you while you are outside.  No sign of growth is a good indication that the branch has died.

Mildew can be power washed off and make the siding look like a fresh paint job.  Power wash before painting for better adhesion.

Repair loose siding now to save from having additional repair work later. Check the gutters for debris from last fall’s tree droppings, and for loose gutters caused by winter ice dams.

Windows.  Check caulking and trim. If  paint is peeling, repair now.

Foundation.  Now is a good time to look for any cracks before growing plants hide them.  While you’re at it, check to see that the ground sloops away from the house and not toward it.  This could save you $$$ by preventing water from coming into the basement when we get a heavy summer rain.

Ventilate the basement regularly, if needed, use a de-humidifier to reduce moisture.

Yard.  Clean up fallen tree twigs and any other wood lying around before termites find out about them and decide your house will be the next place to visit.  See my website for more detailed information about termites.

Check the trees around your property, to see if any branches look dead, have a professional cut them before they fall down and do damage to your house or fall on you while you are outside.  No sign of growth is a good indication that the branch has died.

Check also to see if you have an insect infestation. Carpenter ants will also make their home in live trees.  Termites look for dead wood, like your house framing.  Call a professional inspector at least once every few years, just to be sure.  They can save you plenty if they find something.

Don’t forget to check that all windows in bedrooms are in operating condition, because if you need to exit because of fire, this could be your route to safety.  Don’t block that window with furniture or other items.

Check that clothes dryer vent, it’s the #2  cause of home fires.

Lastly;  check your smoke detectors and your CO (carbon monoxide) detector to make sure they are operating and replace with fresh batteries.

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