Fox Valley Home Inspection

Home Maintenance Schedule 

Outdoor Spring  Fall 1x/Yr
 Drain outside water lines and hoses    x  
 Clean area wells, window wells, and storm drains  x  x  
Check driveways and sidewalks for cracks, yard for settlement and soil erosion  x    
Check safety and reversing mechanism on electric garage door openers, adjust if needed      x


Doors and Windows Spring  Fall  1x/Yr 
Check doors, windows, and trim for finish failure  x    
Check glazed openings for loose putty  x    
Check for broken glass and damaged screens  x    
Check and lubricate window hardware      x
Check weather-stripping for damage and tightness of fit  x  x  
Check caulking at doors, windows, and all other openings and joints between dissimilar materials (like wood and masonry)  x    


Exterior Walls   Spring 
Check masonry for cracks and loose joints  x
Check painted surfaces for paint failure  x
Check siding and trim for damage and decay  x
Roof Spr  Fall 1x/Yr  As Needed 
Check for damaged or loose shingles, blistered roofing  x      
Check underside of roof where accessible for water stains or dampness  x      
Check for damaged flashing  x      
Check for damaged gutters, downspouts, hangers, strainers, and rust  x      
Clean gutters and downspouts        x
Sweep debris from flat and low slope roofs      x  
Evaluate roof for future replacement      x  
Check vents, louvers, chimney caps and housings for bird nests, etc.  x  x    
Check fascias and soffits for paint failure and decay  x      
Check antenna by wires and supports      x  
Check masonry chimneys  x      


Interior Surfaces   Spring  Fall 
Check all joints in ceramic tile, laminated plastic, and similar surfaces  x  x
Check grouting around tubs, showers and sinks  x  x
Floors Annually 
Check for wear and damage, particularly where one material meets another  x
Evaluate for replacement or refinishing  x
Plumbing Annual  As Needed 
Check flush valves, faucets, hose bibs, and supply and drainage piping, including those in basement and/or crawl space  x  
Check septic tank    x
Check water heater  x  
Electrical Systems Spr  Fall  1x/Yr  As Needed 
Check condition of lamp cords, extension cords, and plugs.  Replace at first sign of wear or damage  x  x    
Check exposed and overhead wiring for damage and missing insulation.  Replace or repair as needed      x  
If fuses blow or breakers trip frequently, call an electrician to locate the cause and make repairs        x
If you feel a slight shock or tingling from touching any appliance, disconnect it and make repairs        x
Test ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI's)  x  x    

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