There's nothing worse than waking up to a living room filled with water or some other home catastrophe, especially when it could've been prevented. Cure most ailments before they start with a DIY home health checklist.
Photo by Sébastien Barillot.
Small problems don't always stay small for long, and little fixes can keep things in their best condition. We've previously mentioned a list of winterising musts you should have checked out by a professional, but weblog This Old House offers another take on the things you should look for and address before they become more of a hassle. Even the small, less obvious things matter:
Sometimes you only discover structural issues by looking inside the house. Sagging floors, walls, and ceilings are obvious clues to leaks and rot. But seemingly innocuous problems, like peeling paint, sticking doors, loose floorboards, and popped drywall screws can also be signs of trouble.
Check out the post's full five-step plan to help you get a handle on the things that may cause extra damage in time, and while you're at it, check out their detailed home inspection list for specifics on where to look. Have you had a small problem end up draining your pocketbook when left unattended? Share your experience in the comments.
Fall Inspection Guide [This Old House]