Owning your first home is a big accomplishment for a lot of people. A home is a very large investment that comes with a large responsibility. There are a lot of things to consider when jumping from renter to first time homeowner. The homeowner is responsible for any maintenance issues now; no more calling the maintenance man. Everything is on your watch now! It’s very important to recognize key maintenance duties and take care of any issues to prevent problems before they happen. In Part 1, we look at exterior tips:
Roof - Inspect your roof periodically, but try to avoid walking on it. Inspect your roof for damaged or missing shingles. Have the shingles replaced or repaired as soon as you can. Check for leaks in the attic and around light fixtures. Shingles are meant to direct the water down off of the roof. Shingles are not waterproof. Weather conditions can cause water build up due to ice or snow damming up on the roof or in the gutters and downspouts. Remove these build ups promptly.
Siding materials (paint, siding, stucco, etc.) - Siding materials should be checked at least twice a year, because of their exposure to outdoor elements. Repaint all needed areas where paint has fallen off or peeled. Caulk all cracks, separations, and damage, especially around windows and doors, before painting. Reseal any gaps in soffits and siding as necessary.
Chimney - Your chimney and its lining should be inspected and cleaned annually. Before building the first fire of the season, check the flue lining for soot build-up. Do not burn pressure treated wood, scrap lumber, Christmas trees, trash, cardboard, plastic or any flammable material. Burning these materials may create too much heat that may cause liners to crack.