There are so many things that you routinely get checked every year from teeth to cars, so it makes perfect sense that you submit your home to the same sort of inspection regime in order to keep on top of any repairs or issues that need your attention.
Here is a look at why it’s a good idea to carry out a yearly home inspection, including tips on when is the best time to do it, what sort of things you should be checking, and what action to take to keep your property in good working order.
Before winter takes its toll
Extremes of weather always have the potential to expose any weaknesses in or outside your property, so it always pays to look out for any suspected problems with your systems and appliances throughout the year.
On top of that, it is suggested that you carry out a thorough annual home inspection in the fall, just before winter sends the temperature dial plummeting.
Create a checklist of items that you need to check when carrying out your annual inspection, and then arrange to work methodically through them noting down any maintenance or repairs you will need to get done.
Cracks and leaks
A good starting point would be to walk around the exterior of your home and try to spot any obvious signs of wear and tear.
If you notice any cracks in the concrete on your outside walls or pathways they will need some attention.
Cracks in asphalt and concrete should be repaired for a couple of reasons. Any cracks and chips in your driveways could be a tripping hazard and if they are close to your home they could be letting water in underneath your home.
Cracks in your walls shouldn’t be ignored either as they could be allowing excess water to seep in almost undetected. Also, check that your retaining walls don’t have any areas that are bulging or loose, as this could be a sign that some damage has occurred as a result of persistent heavy rain or snowfall.
Another area to check outside is your siding, to see if you have any staining.
Signs of staining could be an indication that you might have a water problem or it could be telling you that there is an issue with your roofing. Some maintenance tasks are often best left to a professional and if you do need to check out a problem with your roofing, someone like Roofing Services Queensland should be able to assess and resolve any issues.
Windows and doors
The weep holes in the exterior of your windows need to be kept clear as they allow excess moisture to escape from the inside of your home.
As part of your annual check, make sure that these weep holes are clear of any debris. Use a wire brush or toothpick for any tricky bits, tackling each window at a time so that you can help your property to breathe a bit more easily afterward.
Another job on your checklist should be to ensure that any weather-stripping you have used is still in place. Replace any damaged or missing strips so that your home is ready for the winter period ahead.
Other tasks with your windows and doors include checking that locks are working smoothly, repairing or adding some oil where necessary, also, check whether any exterior caulk and sealants are still intact and providing the protection needed from the rain.
It is also a good idea to run your hand around the frame of the windows and doors to feel for any obvious drafts. If you do notice any, apply some weather-stripping to help keep your home warmer and reduce your energy bills.
Burst pipes and leaks are bad news in your home, so put plumbing on your list of priorities when you are doing your inspection.
Look for any obvious signs of leaks in all of your exposed pipes and also keep an eye out for signs of corrosion, which can be identified as an issue when you notice green stains around any brass and copper fittings.
Inspect all the toilets and faucets for any leaks or loose fittings which could eventually allow water to escape.
These are some of the main points you need to check in and around your home when carrying out your annual inspection, and it is well worth doing if you manage to spot a problem before it is allowed to become a potential disaster.
Andrew Gardiner is an entrepreneur who graduated from Westminster College. Mr. Gardiner, with more than ten years experience in the building and construction industry specializes in the roofing, reroofing and repair of residential, commercial and industrial premises. Mr. Gardiner currently resides in Brisbane Australia.