Summer is here and it's time to for your summer maintenance check list.

Home Inspector with Certified Structure Inspector IOS #1730, EA #30

Summer brings warm weather and outdoor activities. It's time to get out of the house and enjoy time with family and friends. With summer time fun and travel, some areas of the home may be over looked. We start the work on our yards and mowing the lawn but it's important to get around the house to see if there are any issues that need to be addresses now that the dry season is here.

Every year when you get out the garden hose check the other hoses in the house too. Get around the house and look for signs of water damage. Don't forget to look into attics and crawl spaces. Check siding and trim for peeling paint and missing caulking too. Check around your home for trees hanging over or touching your roof. Keep proper spacing between bushes and your siding and a/c unit.

Check all outdoor recreation equipment like swing sets and slides. If you have a deck take a good look at it. Make sure the railings and deck boards are in good condition, also get under it and look at the structure and footings. If you have a pool now is a good time to service the equipment and clean filters. Ensure that the proper safety features are in place and working. Anti entrapment devices are especially important and so are proper fences and gates. Doors and windows leading to pools without fences should have alarms on them. Now is the time for fresh batteries. If you or your neighbor have a pool look on both sides of the fence to see if there are any areas that a child could climb over.

These are just a few things you can do as part of regular maintenance. Many Inspectors like myself offer a yearly maintenance inspections. This minor cost can save you in the long run.

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