Whether you stay on top of your homeowner to-do list with maintenance reminders or calendar alerts, timing is everything. We don’t have to tell you just how important routine home maintenance tasks are – surely you’re well aware that being a proactive homeowner saves a great deal of time, money, and stress, right? We thought so! In addition to your regular home maintenance tasks, we suggest performing a yearly home inspection to ensure everything from your roof to your basement is in tip-top-shape. Use this handy home inspection checklist to get started, but feel free to customize it to fit the needs of your home. Roofing Systems Yearly roof inspections are not only crucial for early detection of sagging and aging, but a routine inspection also helps to prevent costly leaks, water damage, and mold growth. Since the average roof replacement runs about $5,000, we suggest getting a jump on this now. Basements & Foundations When it comes to flooding, mold growth, and water damage, the basement is a common gathering area for these issues to develop and spread. By performing yearly foundation and basement inspections, you’ll not only sleep better at night, but you’ll have the ability to stop minor issues from becoming huge, costly problems. Fire Extinguishers Did you know that fire extinguishers have an expiration date? It’s true! Every year, take a few minutes to check the expiration dates on your fire extinguishers. If they’re expired, dispose of them properly, then replace them with a newer model. Air Ducts All year long, your heating and cooling systems work hard to pump out air; consequently, all of this work leads to very dirty ducts. In case you didn’t know, dirty ducts equal dirty air, while clean ducts increase HVAC system efficiency by 40%, and greatly improve indoor air quality. Every year, take 30-minutes to give them a once over, then determine if they need a cleaning. Mold Inspections Since mold and mildew feel right at home in dark, wet areas, it is essential to perform routine mold inspections wherever dampness lives, including bathrooms, basements, and garages. If you come across a small bit of mold during your inspection, don’t panic; while dangerous in large amounts, traces of mold are not a health concern. Use a mold-killing solution to prevent small amounts of mold from growing into a massive problem. Sump Pumps Inspecting your sump pump should be on your monthly and yearly home maintenance checklist! Sump pump failure is a leading cause of basement flooding, and happens as a result of user error. Without an operating sump pump, that finished basement that you love so much could double as a swimming pool. Dryer Vents Approximately 15,000 clothes dryer fires occur each year in the US, igniting from massive amounts of lint collecting within the dryer vent. In addition to cleaning the lint trap after every load, you also must also clean your dryer vent on a regular basis. Insulation Heating and cooling costs account for over 50 percent energy consumption in your home; throw dwindling, drafty, and leaky insulation into the formula, and your energy costs just skyrocketed. By making a few simple insulation repairs, you could cut your energy costs by 20 percent!