Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

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Use this Spring Home Maintenance Checklist to Get Your Home Ready for Summer!

 

Exterior Home Maintenance:

 

  1. Check the home’s foundation for deterioration and use caulk around the areas where masonry meets siding, where pipes or wires enter the house and around the windows and door frames to prevent heating/cooling from escaping.
  2. Inspect exterior surfaces for weathering and peeling paint.
  3. Be sure that water doesn’t pool around your foundation.
  4. Inspect windows and doors for broken glass, breached seals and damaged screens.
  5. Ensure window and door hardware operates properly.
  6. Check roof for missing, loose or damaged shingles, flashing, fascia and soffits.
  7. Clean gutters and downspouts, flush them with water, inspect joints and tighten brackets. Replace old or damaged gutters with new ones that have built-in leaf guards.
  8. Examine plumbing supply valves and water heater for leaks and corrosion.
  9. Inspect sinks, showers, toilets and bathtubs for leaks.

 

Interior Home Maintenance:

 

  1. Check the attic and ceiling for water intrusion. Look for moisture on ceilings and around windows and doors.
  2. Check stairs and railings for loose or damaged parts or materials.
  3. Test smoke alarms and change the batteries every 6 months.
  4. Inspect tile grout and re-grout as necessary to prevent deterioration.
  5. Check the caulking around showers, bathtubs, sinks and toilets.
  6. Clean or service your HVAC system and change the air filters.
  7. Remove materials and household items, from around the system, that may prevent air-flow.
  8. Have an electrician test circuit breakers and ground-fault/arc-fault interrupters.

 

Porch & Patio Maintenance:

 

  1. Check the supports, stairs and railings on porches and decks. Be sure the handrails will support someone slipping on wet or icy surfaces.
  2. Check that your mailbox is functioning and conforms to the USPS Guidelines.
  3. Inspect outdoor light fixtures and replace the light bulbs.

Frequently Asked Questions

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question1. What is an escrow?
Very simply defined, an escrow is a contractual arrangement in which a third party receives and disburses money with the disbursement of funds dependent on conditions agreed to and met by the transacting parties.

2. How does assessed value differ from appraised value?
Assessed Value is a value placed on a property by a public tax assessor for the purposes of taxation. Your property taxes will be based on this value.

Appraised Value is the value placed on a property by an appraiser, recognized for experience in a particular field. Lenders, such as banks and mortgage companies use this value for lending.
3. What is Private Mortgage Insurance (PMI)?
Private Mortgage Insurance is an insurance policy used as a protection for lenders against borrower default. It is paid for by the borrower and usually required when the down payment is less than 20% of the purchase price. Most lenders will make this part of the monthly payment.

4. Does American Housing work with Realtors?
Absolutely. We are very Realtor friendly and have an ongoing Realtor program that many Realtors appreciate. Realtors should register their clients on their first visit to our Model, Office or Design Center.
5. Do I need a Realtor?
You do not need a Realtor to purchase an American Housing home.
6. How are my property taxes figured and how much will I have to pay?
Taxes are usually based on assessed value of the home and the millage rate of the municipality that the property is located in. A title company can usually give you an estimate on that.

7. What insurances will I need and how much will I have to pay?
You will need homeowner’s insurance. You can usually get a quote from any reputable insurance company.

8. What is Homestead Exemption and how does it work?
Florida’s Homestead Exemption is one of the most protective property provisions in the country. This provision applies automatically upon purchasing a primary residence in the State of Florida, but to reap the tax assessment benefits it must be claimed by a filing with the state. When someone owns property and makes it his or her permanent residence, the property owner may be eligible to receive a homestead exemption of the first $25,000 of the assessed value, which applies to all property taxes. However, this exemption can be lost if the homeowner abandons use of the homestead as a primary residence. For more detailed information, contact your local Property Appraiser’s office.

9. What is the advantage of investing in a new home rather than an existing home?
There are many advantages when you invest in a new home; these are just a couple;

• American Housing new homes come with a limited 10 year structural warranty!
• You can usually save money on you home owners insurance!
• Ease of maintenance can save you lots of money!
• American Housing new homes are much more energy efficient!
• Healthier materials are now being used in all American Housing new homes!
• American Housing homes are built with stronger protection against storms.
• American Housing new homes are built for more comfort with better insulation.
• Remember, in a New American Housing Home, everything is new from the Foundation to the Roof, to the Landscaping!