Just like in the colder months when you winterize your home, the summer months require additional attention to your home. The rising temperatures and seasonal storms that come during this time of the year can take a toll, even though this may not be visible immediately. Check this list, originally posted by the National Association of Realtors, to make sure your home is ready to take the heat.
1. Inspect the roof. Roofs should be checked for any loose, warped, or missing shingles. Also, check that the chimney flashing and skylight seals are intact.
2. Clean and repair gutters. Clear winter storm debris from gutters and downspouts. Also, doublecheck that they are still securely attached to the house. Blocked or loose gutters can allow water to seep into your home and damage the trim.
3. Check for any leaks. The most common culprits for “hidden” leaks: Attics, crawl spaces, and washing machine hoses. Also, look under sinks for damage from frozen pipes, and check your water heater for signs of corrosion.
4. Clear exterior drains. Remove any leaves from underground or exterior drains to prevent any backups from rain and storms.
5. Inspect siding. Inspect siding for pieces that may have come loose during winter storms.
6. Check window and door seals. Examine the exterior caulking on door and window seals to ensure it remains watertight.
7. Patch cracks. Patch cracks in concrete driveways, sidewalks, and steps to keep water out and prevent further expansion.
8. Paint the exterior. This is a good time to paint or touch up the paint on the exterior to help protect it from the weather.
9. Inspect the HVAC. Hire a qualified technician to service the home’s HVAC system to make sure it is running properly. Also, this is a good time to replace their HVAC filters.
10. Check the home’s grading. Ensure the grading of the yard slopes away from the home’s foundation to keep excess moisture at bay.
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