Paint or stain siding and
trim as needed where fading or peeling.
Replace any decayed siding or
Clean gutters and be sure
downspout bottoms are extended adequately
away from the house to help prevent water
seepage into the basement.
Re-point and patch any loose
brickwork on the chimney or exterior walls.
Re-putty windows as needed.
Paint rusted wrought iron
railings and secure loose ones as needed.
Make sure your deck has joist
hangars; itís bolted to the house and is
Make sure all exterior crawl
space areas under the house, porches and
stairs are ventilated.
Repair cracks in retaining
Trim shrubs & bushes 6 inches
from the house. Remove attached vines,
leaves and debris from planting areas.
For proper rain run-off, be
sure the ground slopes away from the house
at a rate of one inch per foot for a
distance of five to six feet.
Patch any foundation cracks
that allow water penetration with hydraulic
Be sure the dryer is vented
to the exterior of the house.
Have your heating, air
conditioning and hot water heater serviced,
if they have not been done in the last six
Check all interior plumbing
fixtures for leaks, and for proper
Have all interior well
equipment serviced, if it is hasnít been
done in the last year.
Pump your septic tank, if it
hasnít been pumped in the last year.
Make sure all doors are
adjusted so that they close correctly.
Make sure the interior walls
and ceilings are cosmetically attractive. If
there are water stains or cracks, the cause
should be repaired and then re-painted.
Properly repair loose
bathroom tile and re-grout as needed.
Inspect and clean, if needed,
all chimney flues.
Be sure all interior stair
rails are secure.
Install smoke and carbon