Share this handy checklist with your clients from the nationwide experts at Pillar To Post Home Inspectors:
HEATING & COOLING
- Check ceiling & surfaces around windows for evidence of moisture
- Check caulking around showers, bathtubs, sinks and toilet base
- Verify ceiling areas beneath bathrooms have no leakage
- Ensure all stairs & railing do not have any loose sections
- Test all fire & safety systems regularly, including carbon monoxide (CO) detectors
- Know the location of all gas shut-off valves
- Clean or change furnace filters every three months of operation
- Lubricate fan and motor bearings (only where indicated)
- Check fan belt tension and listen for unusual noises
- Keep area around heating and cooling equipment clear
- For boiler systems, check water level and shut-off valve for leaks
- Have system serviced annually prior to the start of the season
DOORS & WINDOWS
- Periodically check exposed wiring and cable. Replace as necessary.
- Check all lamp cords, extension cords & receptacles for wear.
- Trip circuit breakers every six (6) months & ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI’s) monthly to ensure proper function
- Learn location of electrical service panels and label each circuit
- If fuses blow, circuit breakers trip frequently, or any appliance sparks or shorts out, contact a licensed electrician for repairs
- Look for loose or missing glazing putty
- Check caulking for deterioration at the openings and joints between dissimilar materials (e.g. wood and masonry)
- Check weather stripping
- Check for broken glass and damaged or missing screens
- Inspect all window and door hardware
- Check all faucets, hose bibbs and supply valves for leaking
- Check for evidence of leaks around and under sinks, showers, toilets and tubs. Check all joints for adequate grout.
- Inspect lawn sprinkler system for leaky valves and exposed lines
- Have the septic tank cleaned every two (2) years
- Check the main water shut-off valve for operation and leakage
FOUNDATION & EXTERIOR
- Check for any missing, loose or damaged shingles
- Look for open seams, blisters, bald areas on flat roofs
- Clean gutters, strainers and downspouts. Make sure downspouts divert water away from the foundation.
- Verify the attic has no evidence of any leaks
- Check flashing (sheet metal placed on joints of the roof to prevent water seepage) around all surface projections, sidewalls and protrusions
- Trim back all tree limbs and vegetation away from the roof
- Check fascia (board or roof trim) and soffits (connecting the roof overhang and the side of your building) for deterioration and damage
- Check foundation walls and floors for cracking, heaving, spalling, deterioration or efflorescence
- Inspect chimney for loose, deteriorated or missing mortar or bricks
- Check grading for proper slope away from the foundation
- Verify basement and crawlspace has no moisture or leaks
- Check all wood surfaces for weathering and paint failure
- Inspect all decks, patios, porches, stairs and railings for deterioration
- Cut back and trim all vegetation from structures
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Fall is a great time to prepare the home for the upcoming season and transition to the cooler months. A home is an important investment and real estate professionals can add value to your clients by helping them identify which key areas of the home need consistent upkeep and maintenance.