The Home Check-Up This winter, give your home a check-up.
Arrange to have an energy-efficiency evaluation by the local utility or contractor. You will find out how you can save on heating and cooling costs, and how much each improvement will cost. While you're at it, have your heating and cooling systems checked to make sure they're working at their best. Another area to check is the house exterior for termites and carpenter ants.
And take a look at the roof for shingles or tiles that may be loose or have cracks or bubbles, and for dried or missing caulk around flashing. Check gutters for clogged downspouts, cracks, loose nails and places where the gutters have pulled away from the house. If you're planning to sell your home,
this check-up will help eliminate surprises when it comes time to have your home inspected before settlement.