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Home Maintenance Tips

  Hire a Licensed and Certified Home Inspector to perform a home maintenance inspection every year (max every 2 years - recommended) as part of your home maintenance plan.

   In the Spring:   

   • Check for damage to your roof
   • Check all the fascia and trim for deterioration
   • Have a professional air conditioning contractor inspect and maintain your system
   • Check your water heater
   • Replace all extension cords that have become brittle, worn or damaged
   • Check your fire extinguishers
   • Clean the kitchen exhaust hood and air filter
   • Review your fire escape plan with your family
   • Repair all cracked, broken or uneven driveways and walks to provide a level walking surface
   • Check the shutoff valve at each plumbing fixture to make sure they function
   • Clean clothes dryer exhaust duct, damper, and space under the dryer
   • Inspect and clean dust from the covers of your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms

 In the Summer:   

   • Check kids playing equipment
   • Check your wood deck or concrete patio for deterioration
   • Check the nightlight's at the top and bottom of all stairs
   • Check exterior siding
   • Check all window and door locks
   • Check your home for water leaks
   • Check the water hoses on clothes washers, refrigerator icemakers & dishwasher for cracks   

 In the Fall:  

   • Check your home for water leaks
   • Have a heating professional check your system every year
   • Protect your home from frozen pipes
   • Run all gas-powered lawn equipment until the fuel is gone
   • Test your emergency generator
   • Have a certified chimney sweep inspect & clean the flues & check your fireplace damper
   • Remove bird nests from chimney flues and outdoor electrical fixtures
   • Inspect and clean dust from the covers of your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms
   • Make sure caulking around windows and doors is adequate to reduce heat/cooling loss
   • Make sure caulking around your bathroom fixtures is adequate to prevent water from seeping into      sub-flooring   

   In the Winter:  

   • Clean the gutters and downspouts
   • Confirm firewood at least 20 feet away from your home
   • Remove screens from windows and install storm windows
   • Familiarize responsible family members with the main gas & other appliance valves
   • Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct, damper and space under the dryer
   • Make sure all electrical holiday decorations have tight connections
   • Clean the kitchen exhaust hood and air filter
   • Check the water hoses on clothes washer, refrigerator icemaker & dishwasher for cracks &       bubbles
   • Check your water heater
   • Test all AFCI and GFCI devices

Kollias Property Inspections, Inc
2212 Cedar Ridge Dr. Plainfield, IL 60586

(708) 359-8770