Outside the House - Up High
Inspect the roof for damaged, loose or blistered shingles. Have damaged shingles replaced if they're on less than 20% of the roof. Reroof if damaged shingles cover more than 20% of the roof.
Examine flashing around chimneys, vents, and roof edges.
Remove debris from gutters and downspouts and patch any holes. Make sure the downspouts direct water at least five feet away from your foundation.
Examine fascia or soffit boards. Replace if they are soft or rotting because they may allow rain into your attic.
Trim branches and shrubs that are touching your home which can provide a pathway for bugs or excess moisture to enter.
Remove dead branches that may fall on your home. Snap!
Clean up fallen limbs, branches and other debris around the home to discourage wood-eating insects. Termites = bad.
Clean out basement window wells.
Inspect/replace caulk on windows, doors, and other penetrations, such as dryer vents and cable wire holes. Inspect and repair caulking where two different materials meet, for example where wood siding joins the foundation's wall or at inside corners.
Touch up any exterior surfaces that need paint before they deteriorate further. Inspect bricks and concrete blocks for cracked mortar or loose joints.
Inspect grading around the house to be sure water drains away from the foundation on all sides.
Make sure that your lawn sprinkler heads do not spray the walls of the house. Water = bad.
Check your inside and outside foundation walls and piers for termite tubes and damaged wood.
Information courtesy of PATH. For more information and resources, go to www.pathnet.org