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Ask Many Questions <ul><li>The only dumb question is a question not asked </li></ul>We are just touching on some basics today
Do you have a maintenance checklist? Do you know what to check? Maintaining a home will help keep it’s value Spring Summer Fall Winter Four seasons Each with specific needs
Courtesy of DIY Network This chart and others are in my links section on our Web Site “ porterwisconsin.com” You can also do an internet search for Home Maintenance Schedule Charts, then print it off
Maintenance Summary <ul><li>This is but a start of a maintenance list. As a homeowner it’s up to you to determine what your list is. Just do a little regularly. Get the whole family involved plus it’s a way to instill good work habits at an early age and have family together time. By doing these things you will have the satisfaction of a maintained and well kept home. </li></ul>
Roofs and Chimneys Nice rubber membrane roof and metal chimney
Roof conditions Aging shingles Lots of missing grit Shingle lay pattern How old is this roof? How long will it last? Just some of the many questions buyers may ask.
Roofs How long will these roofs last? Something to remember is home inspections are limited to what is visible. Are Home Inspectors required to shovel off snow to see the roof?
Deck’s This deck was not fastened properly. There were people on this deck when it fell!
Deck flashing and fasteners This deck lacks flashing at the top of the plate. With today’s pressure treated wood you can not use just any kind of fasteners. They need to be non-corrosive and rated for this use.
Knob & Tube Wiring Usually with knob and tube there are open connections or unsecured wires
Interior Electric Needs cover Handy man wiring ‘Hazard”
Interior Electric Over loaded junction box Improper location and no access behind bathroom sink pedestal
Interior Electric GFI Outlet’s should be located where finished plumbing fixtures are located and also garages, outside and unfinished basements. This bedroom floor outlet did not have a box, It was just attached in a hole in the floor. The hot wire was attached but not the neutral.
Heating & AC Condensate water leak on a high efficiency furnace Air Conditioner blocked by vegetation
Attic Insulation to R42 would be great for these days of higher energy costs but as a very minimum R19. Also be sure there is adequate attic ventilation both upper and lower and that the attic is well sealed from the living areas of the home.
Wells Typical and correct well head Whitewater type
Wells Nice installation but should not have the threaded faucet
Septic Systems Finding the tank can be a challenge at times