Be sure to read and address each item so you don’t discover possible damages or issues later.

  1. Check for loose or leaky gutters
  2. They can lead to drainage issues that can allow water into your basement or crawl space. Downspouts should be clear of debris and drain away from the foundation.

  3. Look for pooling water by foundation
  4. The grade around your home should be sloped away from the foundation to prevent water from pooling up and entering the home. Use compact soil to increase the grade so that water flows away from the foundation.

  5. Check wood trim for rotting
  6. Any wood surrounding windows, doors, railings, or decks are exposed to moisture year round and need to be checked. This can easily be done by using a screwdriver to probe the wood. You’ll want to repair any trouble areas before the spring rains begin.

  7. Examine the roof’s shingles
  8. Look for leaks and check the flashing around skylights, vents, and chimney’s from the ground. Missing or damaged shingles should be replaced.

  9. Check exterior of chimney
  10. Evaluate the condition of the outside and look for signs of damage. Have the flue cleaned of debris from any winter fires you may have had in your fireplace.

  11. Look for cracks in concrete
  12. Concrete slabs should be inspected for signs of movement or cracks. All exterior concrete should drain away from the home’s foundation. Fill cracks with a concrete crack filler. When weather permits, power-wash and then seal the concrete to increase longevity.

  13. Check outside hose faucets for freeze damage
  14. Turn the water on and place your thumb or finger over the opening. If you can stop the flow of water, it is likely the pipe inside the home is damaged and will need to be replaced. While you’re at it, check the garden hose for dry rot.

  15. Service the outside unit of the air conditioning system
  16. Have a qualified heating and cooling contractor come out and inspect the system. Clean coils operate more efficiently, and an annual service call will keep the system working at peak performance levels. Change interior filters on a regular basis.

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