Check the ceiling and surfaces around windows for evidence of moisture.
Check caulking around showers, bathtubs, sinks, and toilet bases.
Check ceiling areas beneath bathrooms for leakage.
Check all stairs and railings for any loose members.
Check all fire and safety systems regularly.
Test all smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) detectors regularly. Know the location of all gas shut-off valves.
Periodically check exposed wiring and cable. Replace as necessary.
Check all lamp cords, extension cords, and receptacles for wear. Trip circuit breakers every six (6) months and ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCls) monthly to insure proper function.
Learn the location of electrical service panels and label each circuit.
If fuses blow, circuit breakers trip frequently, or any appliance sparks or shorts out, contact a licensed electrician for repairs.
HEATING AND COOLING
Clean or change furnace filters every three (3) months of operation.
Lubricate fan and motor bearings (only where indicated).
Check fan belt tension and listen for unusual noises-
Keep the area around heating and cooling equipment clear.
For boiler systems, check the water level and shut off valve for leaks. Have the system serviced annually prior to the start of the season.
DOORS AND WINDOWS
Check for loose or missing glazing putty.
Check caulking for deterioration at the openings and joints between dissimilar materials (e.g. wood and masonry).
Check weather stripping.
Check for broken glass and damaged or missing screens. Check all window and door hardware.
Check all faucets, hose bibs, and supply valves for leakage.
Check for evidence of leaks around and under sinks, showers, toilets, and tubs. Check all joints for adequate grout.
Check lawn sprinkler system for leaky valves and exposed lines.
Have the septic tank cleaned every two (2) years.
Have well water checked for quality.
Check the main water shut-off valve for operation and leakage.
FOUNDATION AND EXTERIOR
Check foundation walls and floors for cracking, heaving, spalling, deterioration, or efflorescence.
Check chimneys for loose, deteriorated, or missing mortar or bricks.
Check grading for proper slope away from the foundation.
Check the basement and crawlspace for moisture or leaks.
Check all wood surfaces for weathering and paint failure.
Check all decks, patios, porches, stairs, and railings for deterioration. Cut back and trim all vegetation from structures.
Check for any missing, loose, or damaged shingles.
Check for open seams, blisters, or bald areas on flat roofs.
Clean gutters, strainers, and downspouts. Make sure downspouts divert water away from the foundation.
Check the attic for any evidence of leaks.
Check flashing around all surface projections, sidewalls, and protrusions.
Trim back all tree limbs and vegetation away from the roof. Check fascia and soffits for deterioration and damage.