If you live in a neighborhood like ours, it’s super easy to overlook things on the exterior of your home that need attention. We drive up into our garage and hit the button closing off our view to the outside of our home. Then we walk in through the garage and never even make it to the front door. Since spring is here, it’s the perfect time to get outside and inspect your home.
Here’s a checklist to help you get started. Be sure to pick a nice, bright day so you aren’t rushed and do a good job. I also recommend doing one area at a time. To keep it nice and neat, I’m breaking the list up into two parts so check back for next week’s blog as well.
- Foundation. Look for cracks going through bricks. Cracked bricks are a serious sign of potential foundation damage. Even small cracks in mortar joints can be an early indicator of a problem. If it hasn’t rained recently and you find yourself in a muddy mess, you may want to also check your ground drainage system for clogs.
- Siding and walls. Make sure the paint on your exterior walls and siding isn’t starting to blister. Peeling exterior paint or damaged siding affect the way your home looks and also exposes the materials underneath to the elements.
- Windows. The caulk around the windows should be flexible and not have any gaps or cracks. Depending on the quality of the caulk, it should last up to 10 years. You may simply need to re-caulk based on the age of your home. In severe cases, gaps can be a sign of foundation damage. In these instances, the caulk appears to be stressed or torn.
- Gutters. Ideally, you should be cleaning and inspecting your gutters twice a year or hiring a professional service to do it for you. In addition to making sure they are clear of debris, also double check that they are fully attached to the facscia.
This should get you started. Again, be sure to check back in next week when we finish up our spring inspection by checking the upper portions of your home including the roof, chimneys, and frieze boards. The professionals at Peak Roofing & Construction are available to assist with inspections of paint, windows, gutters, roofing, and fences. Simply call and schedule your assessment today.
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