As the weather gets warmer and we all get ready for summer, we make sure to check a few pretty important items off our homeowners checklist, ensuring a smooth transition into those blissful summer months.
Originally featured in this month’s issue of Hamptons Real Estate Showcase, here are the highlights:
And here’s our full checklist:
With heavy winter weather, it’s critical to spend a few minutes examining the outside of your home. Here’s what to check for:
- The foundation walls, floors, concrete, and masonry for any signs of cracking
- The chimney for loose, deteriorated, or missing mortar.
- Your basement or crawl space for moisture or leakage.
- All wood surfaces for weathering and paint deterioration.
- All your decks, patios, porches, stairs and railings for loose pieces.
- And don’t forget the attic vent screens for damage.
…and here’s what you should have your handyman or landscaper do:
- Cut back and trim all vegetation that seems to be too close to the house.
- Test all outside hose bibs for leads before using them.
- Clean out all lawn drains and french drains
- Clean your fireplace – especially after all of the winter use.
Have those gutters cleaned!
For those that have a dishwasher in your pool house you likely would’ve added anti-freeze to the dishwasher’s basin for the winter prep. At this time, you should flush the antifreeze from the dishwasher by running two – three cycles to rinse the antifreeze from the dishwasher’s tubes and plumbing. Although it is nontoxic, you do not want to ingest any antifreeze or eat food prepared on dishes coated with the substance.
When it comes to your roof, you may not be the one up there checking, but have your handyman or someone you trust check for the following:
- Any missing, loose or damaged shingles, including any evidence of water penetration in attic or ceilings after the winter weather
Last but not least, make sure everything is in operating order on the inside:
- Check all your window and door hardware to ensure they are in working order.
- As you’re checking the windows and doors, venture to the bathrooms to check caulking around showers, bathtubs, sinks, and the toilet base. Don’t forget to check tile joints for adequate grout.
- Have your plumber come and check the water heater for leaks and corrosion and the lawn sprinkler for leaky valves and exposed lines
- This one often gets overlooked, but it’s important to have your well water checked for safety, even if you have a filter.
We hope that you enjoy a safe and productive spring!