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Summer Home Maintenance

Publish Date:06/01/2017 8:46 AM

In order to keep our community beautiful and property values strong, many decades ago the city established minimum standards for all commercial and residential structures.  These property maintenance codes are from an international standard and common to most all US Cities.  Our inspectors work with property owners, both proactively and in response to complaints, to ensure these basic codes are maintained for everyone which in turn helps all neighbors enjoy the beauty of our special neighborhoods.  Our intent is always to help point out concerns that can be overlooked by even the most meticulous homeowner and work with them on a plan to get them in compliance. 

With the arrival of warm weather, now is a good time to take a look at your property.  Here is a list of the most common things we see and things that can also protect you from more costly repairs in the future:

1. Clean gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters and downspouts can cause the wood trim at the eaves to rot, and that can invite critters into your attic space. Having your gutters and downspouts cleaned early in the season can help prevent damage from heavy rains.

2. Reseal exterior woodwork and make repairs. Wood decks, fences, railings, trellises, pergolas and other outdoor structures will last longer and stay in better condition if they’re stained or resealed every year or two.

3. Check for signs of termites. Especially during early summer months, be on the lookout for these winged insects.

4. Inspect roof. When summer arrives, start by making a simple visual inspection of your roof. Use your smartphone camera or binoculars to find problems without climbing onto your roof. If you notice anything that needs closer inspection or repair, call a roofer.

5. Paint exterior. Early summer is a good time to repaint the exterior of your home, if necessary.

6. Inspect driveways and paths. Take a walk around your property to look for damage to walkways, paths and driveways, and schedule repairs as needed.

7. Prevent mosquitoes. The best way to prevent mosquitos around your home is simply by getting rid of any standing water. Walk around your property to look for any area where water stands. Once located, fix it, get rid of it, or maintain it regularly.

8. Check screen doors and windows. Screens are designed to let the breeze flow in and keep bugs out — but they can only do their job if they’re free from holes and tears. Before setting up your screens for the warm months ahead, be sure to carefully check each one and repair any damage, no matter how small.