At the end of every December, we reflect on the events of the past 365 days and look forward to a happy and prosperous year to come. Oftentimes, people set goals they wish to achieve during the year in an effort to improve themselves and the world in which they live.
This year, instead of wishing you a Happy New Year, I propose to help you maintain your home and make homeownership a more rewarding experience for you and your loved ones. So, let’s get started today with some simple tips that prepare your home for winter in Arizona.
1. The Roof Doesn’t Only Leak When it Rains
We don’t usually have to think about our roofs here in the Valley, but it rains enough that damage can occur if you neglect this part of your home. The untrained eye can spot missing shingles and other major issues. An examination by a certified home inspector can catch minor problems before they cause interior damage.
The materials used to seal roof penetrations crack over time and need to be resealed every couple of years. When debris collects on your roof, it leads to surface deterioration and leakage. With regular maintenance, a roof should last a minimum of 25 years in the Phoenix area.
2. Still Waters Run Deep
It’s important to ensure that the perimeter of your house has proper drainage so that when it does rain, the water flows away from your foundation rather than through it. This can be accomplished by using dirt to create a slope away from your house for at least two feet. If water is allowed to pool next to your house, it could eventually undermine your home’s foundation, resulting in cracks in your walls — or worse.
Home inspectors examine drainage as part of their examination of the property. If you have a problem, improving drainage is a simple job that many homeowners can perform on their own. However, any landscaping company could also create the necessary drainage to ensure your home remains built on solid ground.
3. Make Sure You Cover Home Assets
Builders use a variety of materials for homes in Arizona. Some will deteriorate due to weather if not sealed with a good coat of paint and regularly maintained. Concrete seems to do pretty well in our climate, but wood can rot in a fairly short span of time if not properly sealed.
Wood that is directly exposed to the sun and rain should be inspected annually to ensure it is properly sealed. Most homeowners can do this themselves, but you may want a professional inspection for a thorough examination. Be sure to check the tops of any exposed beams. These areas are often overlooked when painting, so they can be the first place to rot.
Use these simple tips to prepare your home for winter in Arizona and to protect your home’s value. If you are thinking of buying or selling a home in our area, a professional home inspection can provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision. Contact Hunter Home Inspections to arrange an appointment.