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The frequency of inspection and service given in the charts reflect the minimum amount of time and service your house and various household appliances will require.  Items may need to be checked more often or at other times depending on the number of occupants, types of materials, local conditions, household pets and other variables.

Grounds and Yard Doors and Windows  |  Exterior Walls Roof Interior Surfaces  |  Floors Plumbing  
Electrical System  |
Heating and Cooling System  |  Foundations and Basement  

Grounds and Yard Spring Fall Annually As Required
Drain outside water lines and hoses.   X    
Clean area wells, window wells, and storm drains. X      
Check driveways and sidewalks for cracks, yard for settlement and soil erosion. X      
Check safety and reversing mechanism on electric garage door operators, adjust if needed.     X  

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Doors and Windows Spring Fall Annually As Required
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    
Check caulking at doors, windows and all other openings and joints between dissimilar materials (like wood and masonry). X      

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Exterior Walls Spring Fall Annually As Required
Check masonry for cracks and loose joints. X      
Check painted surfaces for paint failure. X      
Check siding and trim for damage and decay.. X      

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Roof Spring Fall Annually As Required
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, and chimney caps and housings for bird nests, etc. X X    
Check fascias and soffits for paint failure and decay. X      
Check antenna guy wires and supports.     X  
Check masonry chimneys. X      
         

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Interior Surfaces Spring Fall Annually As Required
Check all joints in ceramic tile, laminated plastic, and similar surfaces. X X    
Check grouting around tubs, showers, and sinks. X X    
         

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Floors Spring Fall Annually As Required
Check for wear and damage, particularly where one material meets another.     X  
Evaluate for replacement or refinishing.     X  
         

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Plumbing Spring Fall Annually As Required
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  
         

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Roof Spring Fall Annually As Required
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, and chimney caps and housings for bird nests, etc. X X    
Check fascias and soffits for paint failure and decay. X      
Check antenna guy wires and supports.     X  
Check masonry chimneys. X      
         

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Electrical System Spring Fall Annually As Required
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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Heating and Cooling System Spring Fall Annually As Required
Clean or change any air filters.       X
Clean dirt and dust from around furnaces. X X    
Have heating and cooling system checked by a qualified service person.     X  
Remove window air conditioners for winter.   X    
Service humidifier and/or dehumidifier.     X  
         

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Foundations and Basement Spring Fall Annually As Required
Inspect for signs of termite infestation.     X  
Check grading to assure that water will drain away from the foundation.     X  
Check basement or crawl space for dampness and/or leakage following wet weather.     X  
         

 

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