A Home Inspection Guide for Property Owners: The Exterior

Keeping a home in proper shape can be tough. Home maintenance is one of those things that is never finished, and with all the things that can go wrong in a property, it can be exhausting. Fortunately, as professional property management specialists, we’ve seen it all. Over the years we’ve helped to keep countless homes in shape, and run into the same problems time and time again. That’s why we’ve compiled this simple home inspection guide – to give you a way to systematically inspect your home and keep it up to par for your tenants. We’ll start with the home’s exterior. Next week, we’ll cover the inside of the home. Checking the Home’s Exterior The Roof Inspect your roof twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. Look for missing shingles, damage, and areas with high wear and tear. Also look for signs of pests. Foundations Inspect at least once a year. Check for cracks, deterioration, bulges, leaning walls, and signs of moisture. Checking for moisture is especially important if you have a basement. Check also for signs of termites and other pests if you have a wooden crawlspace. Windows and Doors Inspect twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. Check for working locks, broken or damaged glass panes, cracks, drafts, deteriorated caulk and seals, and loose fixtures. Gutters Inspect your gutters twice a year in the spring and fall. Clear them of debris, look for split seams, and inspect for loose connections. Paint and Siding Inspect twice a year. You’re looking for cracks, moisture, mold or mildew, and paint that is peeling, bubbling, or cracking. Improper paint can lead to mold growth, which can damage your home’s exterior. Checking your home consistently is the best way to guard against expensive home repairs. Contact us for more information about how our professional property management services can take care of maintenance for your rental property and take this burden off your hands.