Whether you are just moving into or selling a home, the inspection report is something of interest to both parties. Some of the issues that come back on the report will require the services of a professional technician. However, there are several tasks that you can complete yourself. If you are selling the home and want to complete these to help ensure you get your asking price, or if you just moved in, and are ready to tackle some of the items on your list, this guide will show you five projects you can do yourself.
Gutter downspout too short
If the gutter downspout is too short then water won’t flow far enough away from the house. A short downspout is typically around 2 feet in length. Whenthe water flows out, it will splash right back towards the foundation of your home causing potential damage. In fact, it could permeate your basement in time. Adding a couple feet to your downspout will ensure that water flows farther away from the house. The other thing you’ll need to do is make sure that the area is sloped where the downspout drains. Otherwise, you will have puddles of water in your yard.
Cracks in your garage or basement may seem harmless, but letting them go can lead to larger gaps and potential tripping concerns. Besides over time, they will become more costly to repair. It’s best to repair them now while they are simple to do. According to the Family Handyman, if both sides of the crack are even in height, then you can do the job yourself. However, you will need to widen the area using a circular saw. Next, clean the area thoroughly and then fill with concrete. For more detailed instructions, check out this information.
Window well covers for the basement
Covering those basement window wells is not only simple but ensures safety on your property. A small child or animal could fall down into the well if it’s left exposed. In addition, rainwater, snow, leaves, and other debris will gravitate inside the window well. If you have any areas around the window that are not 100 % sealed, then water can enter the basement. To seal up your window wells, Lowe’s suggests you measure the window well in a couple different places and take note of the shape. When you purchase your covers, you will want to ensure that it conforms to the well properly. Using the provided clips, follow these additional instructions to complete your installation.
Caulking around openings
Most likely your home has some openings in the exterior. Air conditioning units and water pipes have hoses and/or pipes protruding from the house. You can easily seal the openings around these areas to keep out water, moisture, pests, and bugs. Before sealing the opening, assess whether caulk will adequately do the job or if you need a foam spray. Remember though that you want the finished job to look neat, so use the smallest amount to accomplish the task.
Replace missing or damaged insulation on the A/C refrigerant line
The refrigerant line for you’re A/C unit is outside, which means it is susceptible to becoming worn or frayed. It may be actually missing in places. This lets energy escape meaning you will pay more for your air. You will need to purchase the new insulation online according to Family Handyman. Once you get it, you will need a utility knife and tape measure to cut it to the right size. The adhesive on the insulation makes the entire process fast and simple. Check out these pictures for additional help.
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