Fall is the perfect time to review your "house checklist" and plan for "do it yourself" or contractor repairs.
Maintainence checklists are never fun, but you must work with them if you want to take care of what is likely your biggest single asset ---- your home! Here are some practical and necessary steps from Yahoo Real Estate...
Annual checklist home maintenance checklist:
- Kitchen:Check for leaks under and around the sink. Plumbing leaks can damage cabinetry and floors. Check and repair grout and caulking on tile countertops and around the sink. Also check wear and tear on wood floors, which periodically need to be refinished.
- Bathrooms:Check for plumbing leaks and check grout on tiles. If the grout gets worn away water will start getting into the walls behind the bathroom, causing damage.
- Basement:Check for cracks in the foundation and leaks. Buildings settle over time and even after decades of having a dry basement leaks may suddenly occur.
- Attic:Check for signs of water leakage from the roof. Also look for any sign of termites or rodents. Squirrels or rats that nest in your attic can chew electrical wiring, which can lead to fires.
- Smoke alarms:Batteries need to be changed annually.
- Heating system:If yours has a filter, change it annually.
- Air conditioning system:Change all filters monthly or as recommended by the filter manufacturer.
- Roof:Note if any shingles have fallen off or if gutters or downspouts appear clogged or damaged. You can always hire a reliable roofing company to get on the roof and take a look. Reputable roofing companies won't try to sell you a new one unless you really need it. You can simply pay them for an inspection.
- House exterior:If your house is wood, check that the paint hasn't worn away so much that the primer paint is showing. If the primer also wears down, you can do damage to the wood. Brick houses should be inspected for damaged bricks or masonry. Check stucco houses and repair any cracks large enough to slide a nickel into.
- Asphalt and concrete driveways: Repair any cracks or buckling.
Final item: Don't forget to maintain & save your house records. Create a spreadsheet for repairs, one that is easy for you to update. Detailed record keeping is very helpful during the sale process!
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