As we near the end of 2012 and we begin making resolutions for the new year, it can be helpful to review and make note of the home maintenance to be performed in 2013. To simply this process, we’d like to share our top five home resolutions.
Perform a roof inspection several times a year. Your roof is crucial in maintaining the integrity and proper functioning of your home.  Therefore, hire a Birmingham roofing professional or perform an inspection yourself at a minimum in the spring and fall. Look for the following:

  • Loose or damaged shingles
  • Soft areas
  • Gaps between materials especially around the chimney

Evaluate the insulation in your home. Without proper insulation, your home may not be maintaining the desired temperature as well as it could be. Therefore, you could be spending more than you need to, particularly in the summer and winter.
Care for your chimney. Your chimney can be vital to keep your home warm in the winter. However, using your fireplace can be dangerous if your chimney doesn’t receive proper care. Remember, to have your fireplace and chimney inspected each fall. If needed, a cleaning may also be in order. Promptly address any structural issues identified in an inspection.
Take the time to truly look at the exterior of your home. With busy schedules, it can be easy to overlook leaves piled in the gutters, cracks in the sidewalk, or a loose drainage pipe. However, these small items are signals you have items to address now; ignoring these signs may spell more costly repairs later.
Start planning now for next winter. Home repairs and upgrades can be costly. Therefore, begin now to set aside for maintenance. Doing so may allow you to take steps such as replacing leaky windows Detroit prior to next year’s cold weather.