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Your Annual DIY Home Inspection

Making sure that small problems don’t become huge ones is the best way to keep your home affordable.

Homeowners should inspect their home every year. Going through a list like this one, you can save yourself a lot of hassle and pain later.

Your Annual DIY Home Inspection

Electrical
• Look for trees touching power lines
• Look around for loose outlet covers around the house
• Check the breaker box for scorches, etc.
• Check that all outlets work; use an electrical tester or a lamp
• Verify that your GFCI outlets are working by resetting them

Plumbing
• Look around for new leaks, especially in crawl spaces
• Check the house for corrosion, like green stains
• Check your water pressure by removing faucets aerators
• Look at all of the toilets to make sure they flush completely
• Check the burner on the water heater to look for rust or blockage
• Look at your drain speeds; watch for slow drains and fix them before they block up completely
• Drain your water heater; just a couple of pints out of the bottom will help
• Check caulking around the tub and showers
• Make sure that toilets are seated well and not moving around
• Look for cracks in tiles, the toilet tank and bowl, and sinks
• Check that handles on faucets are solid and not leaking
• Check bathroom vent fans for obstruction and dust

Exterior
• Look for cracks in asphalt
• Check retaining walls for bulges and leaks
• Check porches and decks for rotting, sagging, or broken boards
• Go over fences to look for gaps and loose posts
• Check your chimney for leaning
• Check gutters and downspouts for clogs and cracks
• Look at window sills for rotting and insects
• Check for peeling paint; it can open your house to rotting
• Check the foundation for cracks and evidence of animals
• Look for moss or debris on the roof
• Check your roofing; if there are missing shingles or holes, fix them

Water
• Send your well water out to be tested for contaminants
• Check that your well is covered and safe
• Test your sump pump by pouring water on it
• See if your septic system has a lot of vegetation or trees growing on it

Heating
• Change your furnace filter
• Go over your duct work looking for leaks
• Look around radiators for drips and leaks
• Check your vents and registers for clogs and dust

Windows and Doors
• Check windows and doors for leaks and gaps; check seals
• Look for cracks in glass, especially basement windows and skylights
• Look for peeling paint and rotting

Attic/Crawl Spaces
• Look for rodents or insects that have moved in
• Check for leaks
• Verify that vents are working and that they are well-screened off

Other places, like the kitchen and the garage, are simply a matter of making sure that there are no leaks, no invaders, and that all doors and windows work and are secure.

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