Fall is the perfect time for a whole-house maintenance check. You can make sure the summer heat didn’t cause any damage, as you prep the house for the winter cold. Regular maintenance keeps your house safe and heads off costly emergency repairs.
But weather shouldn’t be your only incentive to inspect and fix.
“About 88% of deficiencies we find in home inspection are due to deferred maintenance,” said Kathleen Kuhn, president of HouseMaster, of Somerville, N.J., one of the largest home inspection franchisors in North America.
If an inspector finds problems in a house on the market, Kuhn said, “that means the homeowner either must renegotiate the price, spend money on repairs, or, in some cases, the buyer will walk away.”
To help head off trouble, stay on top of maintenance. Here are some tasks that HouseMaster recommends doing every fall.
“Water is the number one culprit when it comes to big issues,” Kuhn said. Make sure water is running away, away, away from the foundation.
For the roof inspection, it’s best to use binoculars, and hire a professional to make repairs.