Seasonal Maintenance Checklist

As a professional home inspection company, Clear View Home Inspection understands the need for periodic home maintenance. Below is a handy home inspection checklist to help keep your home in tip-top shape all year long.

SPRING

Foundation – Masonry – Exterior

  • Check foundation walls, floors, concrete, and masonry for cracking, heaving or deterioration.
  • Check chimneys for loose, deteriorated brick or missing mortar.
  • Check basement and crawl space for moisture or leakage after wet weather.
  • Check all wood surfaces for weathering and paint failure.
  • Check all decks, patios, porches, stairs and railings for loose components and deterioration.
  • Check foundation and attic vent screens for damage or blockage.
  • Cut back and trim all vegetation from structures and fences.

Roofs

  • Check for any missing, loose or damaged shingles.
  • Check for open seams, blisters, debris, standing water or bald areas on flat roofs.
  • Check for any evidence of water penetration in attic and ceilings after wet weather.
  • Check flashings around all roof penetrations and sidewalls.
  • Check antenna and satellite dish supports and flashings for possible leak sources.
  • Check fascia and soffits for deterioration and damage.

Doors and Windows

  • Check all window hardware for proper operation.

Plumbing

  • Check water heater for leaks and corrosion. Flush water heater per manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Check lawn sprinkler system for leaky valves and to ensure sprinkler heads are working and adjusted properly.
  • Have well water tested by a certified lab for safety.

Interior

  • Check all tile joints for adequate grout.
  • Check caulking around showers, bathtubs, sinks and toilet bases.

FALL

Foundation – Masonry – Exterior

  • Check foundation walls, floors, concrete and masonry for cracking, heaving or deterioration.
  • Check chimneys for loose, deteriorated brick or missing mortar
  • Check basement and crawl space for moisture or leakage after wet weather.

Roofs

  • Check for any evidence of water penetration in attic and ceilings after wet weather.
  • Check flashing around all roof penetrations and sidewalls.
  • Trim back all tree limbs and vegetation away from roof.

Doors and Windows

  • Check for loose or missing glazing putty.
  • Check caulking for deterioration of all openings and joints between wood and masonry.
  • Check weather-stripping for deterioration and damage.

Plumbing

  • Have the septic tank cleaned and inspected every two years.

Heating and Cooling

  • Lubricate fan motor bearings.
  • Check fan belt tension on furnace blower motor.

AS NEEDED

Foundation – Masonry – Exterior

  • Check foundation walls, floors, concrete and masonry for cracking, heaving or deterioration.
  • Check basement and crawl space for moisture or leakage after wet weather.
  • Check grading for proper slope away from foundation walls.

Roofs

  • Clean gutters, strainers, and downspouts. Make sure downspouts divert water away from foundation walls.
  • Check for any evidence of water penetration in attic and ceilings after wet weather.
  • Check flashing around all roof penetrations and sidewalls.

Doors and Windows

  • Check for broken glass, breached seals and damaged or missing screens.

Plumbing

  • Check all interior and exterior and supply valves for leakage, corrosion.
  • Check for evidence of leaks around sinks, showers, toilets and tubs.
  • Know the location of the main water and fuel shut-off valves.

Heating and Cooling

  • Clean or change furnace filters every three months of operation.
  • Keep area clean around heating and cooling equipment.
  • Have system serviced prior to heating and cooling seasons.

Electrical

  • Periodically check exposed wiring and cable. Replace at first sign of wear and damage.
  • Check all lamp cords, extension cords and plugs for damage and wear. Replace as necessary.
  • Trip circuit breaker every six months and ground-fault interrupters/arc-fault interrupters monthly to ensure proper function.
  • If fuses blow, circuit breakers trip frequently, or any appliance sparks or shorts out, contact a licensed electrician for repairs.

Interior

  • Check ceilings and surfaces around windows for evidence of moisture during wet weather.
  • Check ceiling areas beneath bathrooms for leakage.
  • Check all stairs and railings for any loose or damaged components.
  • Test all smoke alarms per manufacturer’s instructions. (Consider changing the batteries when you adjust clocks for Daylight Savings Time.)
  • Check all fire and safety systems regularly.
  • Know the location of all gas shut-off valves.