1. Check the roof for leaks and damage:
Make sure to check around vents, chimneys, and any other penetrations in the roof, looking for signs of leaks. Also look for damage such as missing or cracked shingles, warping, and water stains.
2. Inspect the windows and doors for cracks or leaks:
Look for any cracks in the window and door frames, and inspect the seals around the doors for signs of leaks.
3. Clean the gutters and downspouts:
Clogged gutters can lead to water damage on your home’s foundation. Make sure to clean out the gutters and downspouts at least twice a year.
4. Examine the foundation, chimney, and roofline for signs of damage:
Be on the lookout for any cracks or damage to the foundation, chimney, and roofline. If you spot any damage, have it repaired right away.
5. Trim back any overhanging branches near the house:
Overhanging branches can cause damage to your roof and gutters. Make sure to trim them back so they’re at least 6 feet away from the house.
6. Inspect the insulation in the attic and basement:
Insufficient insulation can lead to higher energy bills. Make sure to check the insulation in your attic and basement to make sure it meets recommended levels.
7. Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors:
Smoke detectors should be tested monthly, and carbon monoxide detectors should be tested quarterly.
8. Change air filters in the HVAC system:
A clogged air filter can reduce airflow and cause your HVAC system to work harder than necessary, leading to higher energy bills. Change your air filters every 3-6 months depending on your HVAC system type.
9. Clean out rain gutters:
Clogged rain gutters can cause water to back up onto your roof and seep into your home’s foundation. Make sure to clean out your rain gutters at least twice a year.
10. Vacuum refrigerator coils:
Dust on refrigerator coils can make your fridge work harder than necessary, leading to higher energy bills. Vacuum the coils at least once a month.