Your Fall and Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

Home Maintenance Checklist
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Cooler temperatures are already here, and harsher weather is just around the corner. If you’re planning to list your home soon, you’ll want to ensure that it’s in great condition for the inspection. The fall and winter months can be tough on houses, so proper maintenance is necessary to protect your property from the elements. If you’d like to start safeguarding your investment in order to get the best possible price, here are a few housekeeping suggestions to plan for this fall:

Schedule a Roof Inspection

Although most roofs will last at least 20 years, we recommend checking in on the health of the roof before putting your home on the market. Roofs take quite a beating, especially during the winter months in Colorado. To shed light on existing or potential problems, we recommend working with a licensed roof inspector. When you’re aware of issues that need to be repaired or replaced, you can plan ahead for renovations or price your home accordingly.

Identify Drainage Solutions

The rainy months of fall and winter can cause severe damage if your property doesn’t have adequate drainage solutions. If soil is touching the siding or your home is located on a downhill slope, your inspector may notice problems such as warped foundation or mold and mildew growth. In addition to correcting any existing drainage issues, be sure to clean out the gutters periodically throughout the rainy season to ensure that there’s no backup that could leak into the house.

Prune Trees and Greenery

Dead foliage isn’t just an eyesore–if dead branches are neglected, they could fall and damage the exterior of your home. Preventative maintenance is always the best choice, so we recommend tidying up the yard as needed before trees and shrubs get out of hand. When it’s time to list your home and schedule an inspection, the yard will look great and you won’t have to worry about unexpected damage from unruly foliage.

Seal Gaps

As cooler weather blows in, unwanted visitors may seek refuge in the house. Mice and other pests can fit through the smallest of gaps, so use the fall months as an opportunity to recaulk and seal any holes that you notice.

Even if you maintain your house meticulously, a home inspection is still a crucial part of the selling process. When you’re ready to schedule an inspection in the Denver area, our team at Homerun Inspection is here to help. Our inspectors adhere to the highest standards of education in accordance with The American Society of Home Inspectors, and we’ve served buyers and sellers for more than 20 years. To get started, please get in touch with us or book an appointment online.

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