What Your Clients Should Be Looking for at Home During These Hot Summer Months

Services for Real Estate Pros with Pillar To Post Home Inspectors

2016 was the hottest year on record and it looks like 2017 will top that. Now more than ever it’s important to ensure your clients are prepared to look for possible weather issues in the home that may affect their home’s sale or their purchase of a new home.  Here are some tips from Pillar To Post Home Inspectors® that you can share with your clients.


Air Conditioner -

  • Inspect the unit to make sure it's in good working condition
  • The A/C must be leveled and free from obstruction.
  • TIP: Do not fully cover your A/C unit during the winter or it will cause the fins to rust inside. Instead, consider covering it with a piece of plywood and secure it with a rock.

Deck -


  • Maintain your deck by ensuring it's stained or painted on a regular basis.
  • Check the overall structure every spring and fall.
  • Ensure there are proper footings to prevent sinking.
  • TIP: Proper guardrails should be at least 36" to 42" tall


Garage -

  • Ensure entrance has a working fire-rated door with auto closure.
  • Check that safety lasers on automatic door openers are aligned and operational.
  • TIP: Use a wood block to test door closure for pressure.

Rodents/Pest Prevention -

  • Check for common rodent entry points, including open gaps in the exterior.
  • TIP: Another common entry point is where the A/C lines enter the house.

Gutters -

  • Check for clogs and clear them. If you find any damage left over from the harsh months be sure to get it fixed to eliminate the possibility of developing water damage. TIP: Also, while you’re up by the roof, it’s worth doing a survey to see if there are any missing shingles or other types of damage.

Foundation -


  • Any low areas you come across should be filled with compacted soil. A big rain can lead to flooding and foundation damage.
  • TIP:  Check to see that there are no large pools of water in the yard or in buckets or planters on the grounds. Insects will breed there.

Doors and Windows -

  • Assess the wood around doors and windows to see if it’s soft with and if there is any rot. That could lead to further problems that are best fixed early.
  • TIP: Use a tool such as a screwdriver to push in and gently check wood.

Chimney -

  • Check to see if there is any damage from the winter months.  Even if it looks good now is the time to have the entire structure professionally inspected and cleaned. The homeowner won’t be using it during the summer.
  • TIP: It’s also a good time to clear away a pile of firewood outside (or inside) since there’s a chance something may be nesting under it, be sure to put on protective gloves before picking up any of the wood.

Faucets -

  • Check to see if there have been any leaks or damage to hoses or faucets over winter.  The flow from faucet should be good and strong or it might indicate some pipe damage.


Pillar To Post Home Inspectors® was founded in 1994 and is the largest home inspection company in North America with over 550 franchises, located in 48 states and eight Canadian provinces. Long-term plans include adding 500-600 new franchisees over the next five years. For further information, please visit www.pillartopostfranchise.com





Comments (12)

Sharon Kowitz
Cary, NC Relocation Specialist ~ Buying or Selling

Spend a little now around your home in order to avoid big money later!

Jun 28, 2017 04:18 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Rhonda Sanderson ,

Excellent tips for buyers and sellers to be looking for when selling or buying a home. Good maintenance is always the key to keeping a good working home ready for the buyer when wanting to sell.

Jun 28, 2017 04:43 AM
Shirley Coomer
Keller Williams Realty Sonoran Living - Phoenix, AZ
Realtor, Keller Williams Realty, Phoenix Az

Excellent tips for everyone.  So many of these items come up in home inspections when these should be part of every home owner's maintenance routine!  Great list.

Jun 28, 2017 05:11 AM
Melissa Spittel
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Westminster, MD
"Achieving Results Together "

Fantastic advice. Maintenance avoids costly repairs. 

Jun 28, 2017 07:13 PM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Rhonda,

Good advice. I am always surprised by how many people have not walked all the way around their own house in the year before planning to sell. Even fewer have snooped to see, if there are things going on that need addressing. Must be nice to have a lawn service :-).

Jun 28, 2017 08:09 PM
Rhonda Sanderson

Oh I have a "lawn service" and it's nice but they cost $ AND sometimes run over your underground sprinklers :-)  But no, it's great if you can get pros to help. Some are right in your own family! 

Jun 29, 2017 06:27 AM
Greg Mona
West USA Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Professional Real Estate Representation for YOU!

Great checklist Rhonda Sanderson!  The first thing that caught my eye was the A/C maintenance, as living here in AZ in the summer, it is a must have!  Believe it or not, it sometimes gets in the 20's here at night in the winter, and pipes do freeze. Anyway, thanks for sharing, and congrats on the featured post!

Jun 29, 2017 10:46 AM
Rhonda Sanderson
Pillar To Post Home Inspectors - Boca Raton, FL
Pillar To Post resident Blogger

I have a condo in Chicago and a house in Boca Greg. I get EVERY climate problem believe me :-) 

Jun 29, 2017 11:23 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Those are also good tips for people who don't want to buy or sell. Staying on top of maintenance means fewer troubles in the future.

Jun 29, 2017 03:11 PM
John Wiley
Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

All too often people only think about maintenance when they are about to sell.

Regular upkeep will not only keep the property looking great, it will save money from the expensive rehab.

Jun 29, 2017 07:02 PM
Rhonda Sanderson

Don't I know it? I may be selling a condo in the hottest growing Chicago nabe. We have kept it up but now that I may sell we are "inspecting" it and seeing all kinds of things that need to be done before any realtor can take a peek!   Eeergh.

Jun 30, 2017 12:46 PM
Stavrula "Sam" Crafa, RNC,GRI, CDPE, PSA
Future Home Realty - Seminole, FL
Providing the integrity and service you deserve.

These are all good tips. I'm going to mark this post for my own future reference. Thanks for sharing this. 

Jun 29, 2017 07:55 PM
Donna & Larry Johnson
Keller Williams Real Estate - West Chester, PA
Chester & Delaware County

Great advice! Always a good idea to make a list and keep up on the items in and around the house that need attention.

Jul 03, 2017 07:07 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Good luck with everything here. I'm not sure my current one to properly but I tried at least.

Aug 28, 2017 11:49 PM