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Attic

  • Check underside of roof for leaks, stains or dampness
  • Look around chimney for condensation or signs of water
  • Clean and clear ventilation openings if necessary
  • Clean out stored junk

Walls and Ceilings

  • Check condition of paint and wallpaper
  • Repair cracks, holes or damage to plaster or wallboard

Windows and Doors

  • Check for smooth operation
  • Replace broken or cracked panes
  • Repair glazing
  • Check condition of weather stripping and caulking
  • Examine paint
  • Test doorbell or chimes
  • Test security system
  • Wash windows and woodwork, if necessary

Floors

  • Inspect for creaking boards, loose or missing tiles, worn areas
  • Check baseboards and moldings
  • Test the staircases for loose handrails, posts or treads

Bathrooms

  • Check tile joints, grouting and caulking
  • Remove mildew
  • Repair leaking faucets and shower heads
  • Check the condition of painted or papered walls
  • Test operation of toilet

Kitchen

  • Wash all appliances
  • Clean ventilator or exhaust fan
  • Remove accumulation of grease or dust from tiles, walls and floors

Basement

  • Remove clutter
  • Check for signs of dampness, cracked walls or damaged floors
  • Inspect structural beams
  • Check pipes for leaks

Electrical System

  • Check exposed wiring and outlets for signs of wear or damage
  • Repair broken switches and outlets
  • Label each circuit or fuse

Plumbing System

  • Check water pressure when taps in bathroom(s) and kitchen are turned on
  • Look for leaks at faucets and sink traps
  • Clear slow-running or clogged drains
  • Bleed air off radiators if needed, and check for leaking valves

Heating and Cooling Systems

  • Change or clean furnace and air-conditioning filters
  • Have equipment serviced, if needed
  • Clear and clean area around heating and cooling equipment

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