Now that winter weather has departed, it’s time to check your home for damage left in its wake. Some problems may be readily apparent on roof shingles, wood trim, and/or gutters, but more serious issues may require deeper inspection. Additionally, spring is the time to perform regular warm weather maintenance pre-summer. Especially if you are planning to sell your home, take care of these tasks as soon as possible.

Consider a professional roof inspection to check the vents, chimneys and any other areas abutting the shingles. If you have an aging roof, be sure to check the integrity of the shingles themselves.
If you use your fireplace regularly, be sure to consider hiring a chimney sweep for a cleaning and safety check.
Inspect your trim or any other exterior areas for wood rot and make any needed repairs.
If you have remaining stored firewood, move it away from your house by at least 2 feet and also elevate it 18 inches to avoid infestations of ground insects.
Clean the gutters and downspouts, checking to make sure gutters have not pulled away allowing moisture to affect the structure.
Concrete, walks and driveways may suffer from contraction and expansion during freezes and thaws. Patching, releveling, caulking or refilling with concrete in the cracks or faults areas will help to eliminate problems and avoid water standing in low areas near structures.
Check the condition of exterior water pipes by turning on outside faucets to test the water pressure. If water is slow to flow, a leaking pipe may be the cause.
Have the A/C unit serviced by qualified personnel before the start of warm weather to avoid repairs during uncomfortably hot summer conditions.
Prepare for yard maintenance by checking all power equipment and sharpening blades.
Inside your home, check water heaters, electrical cords and fire extinguishers.  Replace filters, and clean air and dryer ducts and exhausts.

Performing these home maintenance tasks this spring will help to protect the value of your home and provide your family the peace of mind needed to enjoy the spring and coming summer months with less worries. For additional information about the selling process and helpful ideas to prepare your home for sale, contact me today for a consultation. I will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Allyson Hoffman, ABR, ACRE, CDPE, CRS, e-PRO, GRI, SFR, SRES
RE/MAX Villager
Serving Chicago's North Shore, North and Northwest Suburbs
[email protected]

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