Spring Cleaning tips from your Home Inspector

The weather is beautiful and the weeds, insects and allergies are all going to try and keep you from enjoying it. don’t let them. Here are some simple tips you can use to help keep your home happy.

Check your exterior paint. Now is the time to fix it before it gets too hot.

This house need paint

Caulk the exterior, not just the joints around your doors and windows but also where the concrete joins with the perimeter of the home. This will help prevent moisture from entering those cracks and help keep the ants from using the concrete sidewalk or driveway as the roof to their new condo.

Check the weather stripping around the doors and replace it where needed. This nice weather isn’t going to last and you don’t want to be cooling the great outdoors this summer. (Did I sound like your mother?)

Check the wood trim around the windows and doors for damage. Use a screwdriver or ice pick and probe the wood, if it is damaged the metal will puncture it. Replace the damaged wood then caulk and paint.

Check out your roof. Look for birds nests, loose shingles or tile. You may not even need to go on the roof. Walk across the street and use a pair of binoculars to view the roof. Not only is it safer but it will make the neighbors wonder what your doing. (I don’t recommend looking at your neighbors roof with binoculars, they may not understand)

How not to use a ladder to inspect a roof

If you have gutters, clean them and make sure they are secure. If you don’t have gutters I would consider adding them. I see lots of damaged foundations that could have been prevented with gutters and downspouts directing the water at least 5 feet away from the home.

Change your air filter. While you are there, get out the vacuum and use the attachments to clean the box the air filter goes in as well as the accessible duct work.

Have the Air conditioning serviced now before it gets too hot and the contractors are too busy to get to you. While your at it check the outside of your air conditioning unit and make sure it is clean and free from debris and damage, dirty coils restrict air flow and end up costing you more money.

Trim the plants away from the home. This prevents the plants from damaging the home and keeps those pesky insects from using the branches as a bridge to get to the home.

Check out your toilets, place a few drops of food coloring in your tank and wait a few minutes to see if it drains into the bowl, if it does then it is time to change the flush valve or you will be wasting lots of water over the next few months.

If you need help determining what needs to be done, think about calling a home inspector. Unlike a contractor, the home inspector does not make money off of the repairs so they are likely to be a little more practical.

For more information about Arizona home inspections or our other services please visit the Phoenix Home Inspection Web site

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