There is a need to keep providing TLC for your house or apartment to avoid parts of the home deteriorating and creating a longer-term problem. Completing a detailed yearly inspection of the property yourself helps identify real issues and potential ones that are worth further research to see if they’re problems in need of addressing.
Here are some areas you should look at during a yearly inspection.
Deck or Patio
You love to sit outside but it’s usually too cold in the winter. By the time spring comes around, the deck or patio has picked up a fair amount of grime. It will need sweeping to clear the surface away to properly inspect it. Look for nails that have come loose from the previous summer’s use of the deck or cracked wooden planks. For patios, keep a sharp eye out for chipped paving stones that have broken off but previously gone unnoticed. Repair or replace the parts of the patio or deck that require it to avoid future accidents.
Clean the deck by removing obvious leaves and debris first. Then use an appropriate cleaning product for a deck or patio by following the instructions for its use. Once cleaned, give the area a good scrubbing. Wooden decks will benefit from the application of borate to remove anything growing there and prevent the wood from deteriorating. Once the deck is completely dry, re-stain it and put a sealant on it too.
Exterior paintwork should still look in good shape from a visual inspection. You want to observe the shingles to check that they’re still protected from the weather. Damp can cause shingles to get damaged and water run-off creates its own problems too. Paint might have been chipped away through wear and tear or peeling from sun damage. Either way, adding a few touch ups here and there to resolve trouble areas is never a bad idea. When a fresh coat of paint is required, look to paint in the spring or summer time when there’s enough light to see clearly and heat to help dry the paint sooner.
When you’re dealing with paintwork, it makes sense to inspect the gutters around the side of the exterior walls to see if there are any blockages or other problems like water leakage. Be aware of overhanging branches from nearby trees causing leaves to fall into the gutters. When a gutter is blocked up, water flows onto sidings, down walls and gets into places that can eventually intrude into the home causing damp and bacteria built up.
Consider replacing the gutters with covered versions that prevent leaves from getting inside for walls that have overgrown trees nearby. While inspecting the gutters, consider using one of the safety harnesses marketed to help home renovators to stay safe. Using a ladder may appear safe but just in 2015 alone over 600,000 Americans sought medical assistance for accidents after using a ladder.
The exterior of your home is more likely to need some love because it takes the full brunt of the weather elements all year round. Look carefully at any obvious problems, come up with a plan to deal with them and complete the maintenance to tackle property issues before they become unmanageable.