Monday, March 19, 2018     Marion Goard     House and Home

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Spring is a great time to inspect your home’s exterior to check for any damage that may have occurred over the harsh winter months. Staying on top of maintenance is the best way to keep your home in the best shape and prevent costly repairs. Use this checklist to help you discover any problems you may have and get them fixed!

Clean out the gutters and downspouts

Clogged gutters can cause water damage and prevent water from being directed away from your home, which of course with the spring thaw is very important. Remove all leaves and debris and patch any holes. Reattach gutters that have pulled away from the house.

Check the roof

Inspect the roof for any damaged or missing shingles or leaks that might become a problem for the whole home. Check flashings around all surface projections and sidewalls.

Inspect the foundation 

Clean out foundation vents by hand or a shop vacuum and check screens for damage. Walk around and check the foundation walls, concrete, siding and bricks for damage, cracking and deterioration. Also, be sure there are no areas with standing water. 

Deck and porches

Check over your decks, patios and porches for any loose or damaged parts and deterioration.

Exterior windows and doors

Inspect the seals on all windows and doors and fill cracks, caulk edges, repaint or replace where needed. Replace any broken or damaged screens. 

Driveway and walkways

Look over these areas to check for issues like cracks in the asphalt or concrete to have them repaired if necessary.


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By taking the time to ask us the right questions you were able to find our dream house. I must say that you went above and beyond taking a large amount of your time showing us different properties. As I'm sure that you would agree, I am very particular and I like to see every house that is out there before I make a decision. I have worked with REALTORS in the past that were only concerned about "closing the deal" and earning their commission. I never got that feeling from you. I always believed that you had our best interests at heart. I would not hesitate to call you in the future if we are looking for a larger property or investment property. Your knowledge of the Hamilton-Burlington market is quite extensive.

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