Home Maintenance Projects

Inspecting your home on a regular basis and following good maintenance practices are the best way to protect your investment in your home. Whether you take care of a few tasks at a time or several all at once, it is important to get into the habit of doing them. Establish a routine for yourself, and you will find the work is easy to accomplish and not very time-consuming. A regular schedule of seasonal maintenance can put a stop to the most common – and costly – problems, before they occur. If necessary, use a camera to take pictures of anything you might want to share with an expert for advice or to monitor or remind you of a situation later.

Preventive maintenance is the best investment in time and money that a home owner can make. The old adage that an “ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure” is never more true as to the cost of ignoring your homes maintenance requirements. Small items of wear or missing caulking for example can lead to expensive repairs when a tube of inexpensive caulking may have saved the day.

Regular roof and chimney inspections, for example, will give one enough advance warning to allow for several roofing quotes in order to shop around for best prices and products. If no maintenance is done, and the roof suddenly leaks, there is very little time to do comparative shopping. One is then forced to go with the roofer who can do the job the fastest – not necessarily with the roofing materials of your choice or at the best possible price.

Inspect your downspouts to ensure that the grading at this area is directing water away from your house. If re-grading is necessary use soil and not gravel as water will flow down to soil level and you will have made situation worse rather than improving it. Add Tee’s at junctions where downspouts enter underground drains which are susceptible to freezing in the winter.

Prior to winter and approaching cold weather your caulking and weather-stripping should be checked. Broken or cracked windows should be replaced. Storms should be installed in the fall and screens in the spring if your living in an older home. The finishes should be checked for paint deterioration and rot (particularly sills). Window wells should be cleaned. Ensure if you have split concrete window sills that the seams and joints abutting brick are tightly sealed or caulked. Allowing gaps in mortar will lead to deterioration of brick surface.

If you are on a septic system you should think about when it was last pumped out and inspected. Having a full septic tank in the winter can be a painful experience compared to pumping out in nicer weather. The frequency of pumping out the tank will depend upon household water use and the size of the septic tank. For example, a family of five with a 2,300 L tank may require a tank pump-out as frequently as every two to three years, while a retired couple with a 3,600 L tank may only require a tank pump-out every five to seven years.

If your home is new and you had a Professional Home Inspection done, now is a good time to go through list of deficiencies in report and repair and replace items as noted. The Barrie Home Inspection report has a convenient section at end of report with list of all deficiencies noted during the home inspection. There will also be commentary explaining what is required to repaired or replaced.

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