As a homeowner, you probably know firsthand the importance of home repair and maintenance. Your home is where you spend most of your time with family, friends and loved ones. It should be in the best shape in order to keep you happy and safe. To protect your family, it is best that you perform a home repair inspection periodically throughout the year. This way, you can find repairs that you may not have known about without an inspection. Here is a quick guide on how to perform your own home repair inspection.
Check Your Exterior
The exterior of your home takes a beating throughout the year. Wear and tear can happen during strong weather, heat and other factors. It is crucial to check the exterior of your home periodically for damage and wear.
You should start by examining any and all porches and decks for warped wood and sagging areas. You should make sure the legs are not rotted out of their footing. This can cause severe damage to your home if the worst should happen. Check all exterior walls for cracks or bulges that could cause your home to suffer leaks. You should also check your roof and siding for any discoloration, a sign that a water leak is already an issue.
If you have a chimney, check it for cracks and leaning. You should also check your gutters for debris or blockages.
There are many things to consider on your exterior. You should take a look over everything and take note of any potential issues you see.
Check Your Plumbing
Your plumbing includes all areas of your home, including your bathroom and your kitchen. Water leaks can cause major damage to your home. You should check for leaks in exposed pipes and areas where the pipes are inside of the wall. Some signs include discoloration and water spots.
You should check your water pressure. If low, there may be a blockage or leak elsewhere. Flush the toilets to check for flush speed or issues there. You should also check the caulking around tubs and sinks to ensure a tight seal.
Are your bathroom fixtures or kitchen sink fixtures leaking around the handles? If so, this needs to be repaired as well. It will save you time and money if you catch these types of small leaks in the beginning.
Check Your Interior
Much like the exterior, you need to check walls for buckling or cracks. You should also check ceilings and floors for water leaks, popped nails and loose flooring. Check all stair balusters in both your upstairs and/or your basement. Take a look at all rooms, taking note of any concerns.
It can be time consuming to perform an in-depth inspection on your own and then fix the issues you find. Upfront Handyman Services is here to help! Give us a call today at 817-310-8900 and let us help with your home repair. You can also visit us online at www.upfronthandyman.com to see a list of services we provide.