Exterior Home Maintenance Checklist

Exterior Home Maintenance Checklist


Homeowners spend a lot of time taking care of their biggest investments. From remodels to repainting, a lot of effort is put in to keep homes in their best condition. We all know how to take care of the interior of our homes and how to maintain all our appliance systems. But what about the exterior? In this blog post, we will cover all the things you need to pay attention to on the exterior of your home.

 

Front Door

You should inspect your front door every few months and check for a few different things. During your inspection, if you notice any damage to the door, weather stripping, door sweep, or hardware, you may need to repair or replace what is damaged or deteriorating. Your door sweep and weather stripping are the most important things to keep maintained as they keep unwanted things from entering your home like pests and water. While you’re inspecting, it’s also a good idea to clean your front door. It is most effective to use a soft towel or washcloth with either warm water and dish soap or wood cleaner. It is very important you don’t scrub as paint could be taken up with it. Depending on the material your door is made of, it may be better to use warm water and dish soap, which is more gentle and less abrasive.

 

Concrete

If you have concrete surrounding your home, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on it. If you notice any cracks, it’s better to get them taken care of before they get bigger and require a much bigger fix. Professionals can fix bigger cracks, but it will be more expensive and difficult. Cracks in concrete can not only be a safety issue but bring down the curb appeal of your home. To avoid these issues, take a peek at the concrete around your home every once in a while and if you notice any cracks, get them taken care of sooner rather than later.

 

Vegetation

Having a beautiful yard with lots of trees, plants, or flowers always looks so nice on the outside. But there is one key thing that needs to be done to ensure the vegetation in the yard doesn’t cause any issues for your home. It is imperative to keep trees and their branches as well as plants or shrubbery at least 2-3 feet away from the exterior of your home. Tree branches hanging over your roof are a hazard for your roof. Debris buildup can cause holes or leaks to form or shingles to be damaged. Water dripping from trees can also cause a moisture problem on your roof that can end up being expensive to resolve. Shrubs or bushes near the siding of your home can cause similar issues and end up costing you a pretty penny in repairs. The best thing to do is prune your plants every 3 months to get ahead of these issues.

 

Gutters

Your gutters protect your home from multiple issues. By directing water away from your home, they are protecting your roof, the sides of your home, and protecting the interior from water damage. Your gutters play a vital role, which is why it is vital they are taken care of and maintained. Checking to be sure your gutters are clear and free of clogs is the most important. You will also want to make sure your gutters are securely attached and that the pitch is adjusted correctly to ensure water is flowing properly. If you notice any sagging or leaks, these must be repaired soon. Your gutters are one of the first layers of protection for your home, so maintaining them will only keep you better protected.

 

Windows & Doors

The weather stripping on your windows and doors protects your home from bugs making their way in, rainwater leaking through, and keeping your energy bill down by keeping the AC air in. Having your doors and windows weather stripped can decrease your energy bill by up to 20%. Depending on the condition of your current weather stripping, you may need to remove what is there to be able to reseal your windows and doors. You’ll want to remove the current weather stripping as gently as possible, to not take the paint up with it, and making sure the area is clean before reapplying is key.

 

Trim

The trim around your home plays an important role in sealing your home from moisture and finishing seams around your home as well as adding a focal point. Every once in a while, do a little inspection of the trim around the exterior of your home. You should be on the lookout for any rotting or cracked areas. If you notice spots with these issues, it’s a good idea to get it repaired sooner than later to ensure your home won’t be exposed to moisture issues in the future.

 

Supports & Railings

If you have a deck, porch, or stairs, the supports and any railings you have should be checked every once in a while to ensure safety. You should be looking for any signs of deterioration or decay. If you notice any of these signs, it’s time to repair or replace them. Water damage or rotting should be taken seriously and repaired soon as they cannot perform as intended when there is damage.

 

Outdoor Vents

Outdoor vents, dampers, and dryer vents should be checked regularly to ensure there is no debris buildup. Grass, dirt, snow, and ice can build up on these vents and make it difficult to run properly. Your dryer vents are the most important to keep free of obstructions. If there is buildup, the lint will continue to block the line and there is a possibility for a fire starting. Every so often, check all the vents and damper around the perimeter of your home and make sure they are clean and free of debris.

 

Siding

While taking a look at the trim on your home, it’s a good idea to check out your siding as well. You should be looking for any deteriorating, mildew, or rotting siding. If you witness any of these occurring, it needs to be repaired immediately. This can quickly become a hazardous problem, so professionals should be called as soon as possible. Deteriorating siding leaves your home vulnerable to several issues including moisture infiltration, mold issues, structural damage, and more. Your siding is imperative to the structural integrity of your home and should remain in its best condition.

 

Foundation

Your foundation is the single most important feature of your home’s structural integrity. Issues with your foundation can quickly lead to detrimental issues with your home. If you notice any cracks or areas that are deteriorating, it’s time to call a professional to take a look and diagnose the issue. There is potential for structural damage and moisture infiltration which can wreak havoc on your basement or lower levels of your home.

 

Irrigation Systems

Your irrigation system can be tested for its effectiveness by turning on one zone at a time and observing how the system operates. You’ll want to watch and make sure all the sprinklers are working efficiently and evenly distributing water. You can also check your outdoor water spigots by turning on a hose, placing your thumb over the spout and making sure the flow cannot be stopped. If you are able to stop the flow of water, there is a leak in the line that needs to be repaired.

 

Roof

You should do a look over your roof every once in a while to check for a few different issues. If you notice any built-up debris, your roof needs to be cleaned off and you may need to prune your trees so there are no overhanging branches or leaves that would create a buildup of debris. If there is any standing water, it’s a good idea to call a professional and have the issue diagnosed as there could be several causes for this. Standing water can also create moisture issues and the potential for a roof leak that could cause even further damage. While you’re taking a look at your roof, check for any damaged, missing, or broken shingles as these need to be replaced quickly to ensure there is no potential for damage.

 

Taking a quick look at these things around the exterior of your home will extend the life of several home systems as well as protect the structural integrity of your house. If you notice any of these issues, feel free to contact Maestro to have the problem diagnosed and taken care of properly.