Once you get your roof and gutters squared away it might be a good idea to take a look at the rest of the exterior of your home. Get this done early so you aren’t trampling flowers and shrubs as you make your way around the perimeter of the house.
Here is my checklist for a spring examination of your home’s exterior:
- As with the roof, check for any trees, bushes or shrubs that are making contact with the home.
- Check the condition of any painted areas and note any chipping, peeling or exposed surfaces.
- Check the condition of caulk around all windows, doors and other wall penetrations.
- Inspect the exterior dryer vent for any build-up of lint.
- Make sure there are no birds or insects trying to nest in any part of homes exterior.
- Check the weather stripping on all doors and windows.
- Check your siding for any staining or residue.
- Check windows for water spots and dirt. Confirm that weep holes are open.
- Check siding panels, soffit and fascia to make sure nothing is loose or missing. If you have wood siding make sure there is no damage from woodpeckers or insects.
- Check your air conditioner fins to make sure they are open and free of debris. Make sure no vegetation is encroaching on it.
- Check your driveway and sidewalks for any excessive cracking, tilting or lifting.
- Check outside faucets for any leaking.
- Check window and door screens for holes or other needed repairs.
- Check deck/patio railings for looseness or deterioration. Check deck boards for rot.
- Check your foundation for any cracks.
If you do notice any problems this is the time to take care of them or get them taken care of. These types of issues don’t get better on their own and can get much worse quickly. Save your time and money by not waiting until it's too late. Get your home in shape the spring and enjoy a nice, stress-free summer!