[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Buying a home comes with a series of checklists from finding an agent, securing financing, and getting a certified home inspection. Mirowski Inspections approaches our inspections to help the client learn about their potential new home and how it is operating today, what items should be addressed in the short term, and what things you can do to improve your home over the life of ownership.
With home ownership comes maintenance and repair need to keep your home in the best working order to minimize costly repairs down the line. With the Autumn months upon us, this is a good time to dig out your tool belt, dust off your boots, and give your home a little TLC by following this Home Maintenance Checklist from the Springfield News-Leader:
- Add weather-stripping to doors and windows. Plastic, foam, felt, or metals are fine as long as they seal those small yet expensive gaps.
- Check storm windows. Clean or repair now.
- Inspect insulation to see whether you need more. Add or replace as needed, or call a professional.
- Check gutters to make sure they’re clear.
- Make sure all exterior attic vents are screened and there are no gaps around doors or windows to discourage rodents from taking up residence.
- Caulk around windows, doors, or any other place where there may be a gap.
- Clean the dryer vent. Pull clothes dryer away from the wall, unplug it and vacuum behind it. Unhook the tube to the exterior vent and vacuum as much lint from the tube and exterior vent as possible.
- Schedule an appointment to have your chimney professionally cleaned and inspected.
- Have the carpets cleaned while it is still warm enough to leave windows open.
- Check heating system including filers, pilot lights, and burners and have the system serviced by a professional.
- Watch for year-end closeouts on lawn and garden equipment.
- Winterize your outdoor furniture or find a spot to store it out of the elements
- Organize your garage. Look for vertical spaces to help with storage. Walls and even the ceiling might provide much-needed space.