Clean and seal outdoor decking.
Today’s unpredictable weather, now more than ever, will take its toll on outdoor decking. A few gallons of sealant will set you back $50 or less and a weekend afternoon of effort. Allowing your decking to go untreated for a season or three is likely to result in damaged decking – and damaged ties and joists underneath. Those repairs are a much bigger job, requiring more time and effort, and a lot more money in materials – upto $10,000, in some cases.
Inspect the roof and clear gutters.
Weather, once again, but, specifically, water is the enemy here. Check the areas around roof openings, including chimneys, exhaust flues and skylights, which are the likeliest candidates for leaks. You’ll have to climb up into your attic, too, and peer closely at roof beams and joists near those openings. Dark spots indicate leakage. Leave roof repairs and other jobs to professionals even minor ones.
Gutters clogged with debris (or ice, during winter), can cause water to back up and seep under shingles and siding. Keeping gutters clear is an easy job, and an inexpensive one (under $200) if you rely on a pro to do the dangerous ladder work.
Inspect for termites and other bugs.
Many pest control companies offer home termite inspections for free, but the typical inspection costs $65 to $100, according to costhelper.com. The average homeowner who finds damage caused by termites spends $3,000 on repairs, Termites.com reports. Whole house fumigation could cost more, depending on the size of the home. But infestations caught early can be treated with spot treatments and bait, and the associated damage is likely to be much less severe.