Protecting your home and your family, starts with maintenance and preventative measures. Instead of having to hire an expensive professional from All American Home Services Inc., you want do much of the inspection on your own. DIY home inspections can help to save you money without sacrificing the proactive impact of doing a thorough inspection each year. Here are 5 yearly DIY home inspection tips to keep in mind.
- Make sure you are protected when doing your own home inspection. You may come into contact with smells, airborne particles or items that are not safe to humans. Be sure to wear a face mask so that you can breathe properly and safely. Also wear gloves, and wear clothing that is appropriate for working on your home. Shoes are a must as well, preferably strong work boots, so that you do not step on anything sharp that could hurt you.
- You also need to know what you’re looking for. When you do an inspection, it is essential that you look out for mold in your home so that it can be removed promptly before the problems worsens. Go online to find reference photographs that will help you to identify mold types and severity quickly, easily and effectively. Mold is dangerous especially if it is black or green in color. Know that serious mold problems should be handled by a professional and are not DIY appropriate.
- Determine you home’s energy efficiency. You want to make sure your home is well insulated and well sealed. Throughout the year, cold and warm temperatures cause your home to expand and contract which can reduce efficiency and let in drafts. The Blower Door method is often the most scientific and accurate means by which to find out how energy efficient your home is. This will also help you to determine how to fix the problem. Check out windows and doors specifically and seal up any holes, cracks or leaks with caulk. You may also want to install a door sweep under exterior doors to reduce drafts, keeping comfortable air inside where it belongs all year round.
- Clean your gutters. Make sure to remove any blockages like debris, leaves and sticks which may linger in the gutters. When the gutter is blocked, water cannot flow through and so your gutters will overflow when it rains. This puts more pressure on the gutters making it more likely that they will break. It can also do damage to your home’s foundation is water is not being drained off of your property and is instead pooling around your home. In addition to cleaning, be sure to repair any leaks or damages you notice to the gutters as well.
- Finally, consider your home’s electrical wiring. This is important for all homes, but especially for older houses which may have old, worn electrical wires. Always keep an eye out for exposed wires which can be dangerous. Also, look to see if your electrical box is blackened since this may be a sign that you have an electrical short.
When inspecting your home, you can do many projects on your own, but always know when to call a professional such as the individual at All American Home Services Inc. to handle serious situations. Keep an eye on electrical wiring, gutters, insulation and energy efficiency, and mold all while wearing appropriate protection and work gear.