Burke, VA (PRWEB) May 21, 2014
As much of the United States recovers from one of harshest winters in recent history, it is important to inspect the home for damage and plan for home maintenance, repair and remodeling projects. Winter weather can be particularly damaging to a home and the tips from Pasquali Realty Group, a Northern Virginia real estate company, can return the home to top condition after the severe winter.
Pasquali Realty Group recommends these top 10 tips for home owners to inspect for damage and make sure the home is ready for spring.
Inspect roof—Check the roof for loose, warped or missing shingles and make sure the chimney flashing and skylight seals are intact.
Clean and repair gutters—Clear winter storm debris from gutters and downspouts, and check that they are still securely attached to the house. Blocked or loose gutters can allow water into the home and damage trim.
Look for leaks—Common culprits for hard-to-find leaks are attics, crawl spaces and washing machine hoses. Inspect these areas, look under sinks for damage from frozen pipes and check the water heater for signs of corrosion.
Clear exterior drains—Remove leaves from underground or exterior drains to clear the way for spring showers and prevent backups.
Inspect siding—Inspect siding for pieces that have come loose during winter storms.
Check window and door seals— Inspect the exterior caulking on door and window seals to ensure it remains watertight.
Patch cracks—Patch cracks in concrete driveways, sidewalks and steps to keep water out and prevent further expansion.
Paint the exterior—Painting or touching up paint on the exterior of the home not only makes it look better, but will also help protect the home from the elements.
Inspect the HVAC—Hire a qualified technician to service the home’s HVAC system. Make sure it is running properly before hot temperatures call for air conditioning. Now is also the time to replace the HVAC filters.
Check the home’s grading—Ensure the grading of the yard slopes away from the home’s foundation to keep excess moisture at bay.
Pasquali Realty Group is an incorporated business that is a subsidiary under NBI Realty, and is currently licensed in both Virginia, and Washington, DC. They are a member of the National Board of Realtors(NAR), Virginia Board of Realtors(VAR), and Northern Virginia Board of Realtors(NVAR).