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4 Tips to Prevent Roof & Gutter Damage Before Listing Your Home

Posted on May 27, 2016 at 9:41 am

With the brutal winters and summers we know well in Iowa, roof damage is always a concern and a possibility. If you’re about to list your house for sale and have a roof in good condition, make sure to keep it that way by preventing damage as we enter the stormy summer months. Hail proves to be the most destructive weather occurrence and it happens often during our Midwest storms. Heavy rains and storm debris can also threaten the soundness of your roof, and oftentimes, can cause damage that is not immediately apparent. With these tips, you can better prevent and monitor the condition of your roof and avoid major expenses while taking the steps to sell your home. Not only are you preventing headaches, but you’re also preventing future headaches.

Trim Your Trees

Large trees located near your property can cause damage to your roof and gutters. To prevent roof damage during high winds or thunderstorms, it is important to trim your low hanging or damaged branches from your trees before they fall off and land on your roof. Small twigs and branches from your trees can fall of periodically during the year, so it is also important to get up on your roof and clear these twigs off your roof. Branches that remain on your roof can cause water to pool on your roof and lead to severe leaks.

Clean Your Gutters

During the fall, leaves and foliage can collect in your gutters and affect the way rain water drains away from your home. If you start to notice that your gutters are not draining water like they’re supposed to, climbing up on your roof or hiring someone to clean your gutters is crucial to preventing damage to your roof. 

Insulate Your Attic

Keeping your attic insulated helps to minimize heat loss through the roof. Heat that escapes through your roof can cause snow to melt and cause ice dams to form in your gutters. Ice dams can cause expensive damages to your gutters and then prevent water from draining properly off your roof. It is important to keep your attic insulated to avoid costly damage to your roof and gutters.

Have Your Roof Inspected

Getting your roof inspected annually can help to prevent water damage from any unforeseen damages. It might be hard to detect a missing single or structural damage, so leave it to the experts at Done Right Home Inspection to inspect your roof for damage. Contact Done Right Home Inspection for residential home inspections in Central Iowa. 

Importance of Home Inspections for Rental Properties

Posted on April 21, 2016 at 9:42 am

Sometimes it can be hard to distinguish the difference between a good and bad tenant. It’s important to have all your tenants sign a thorough lease agreement before moving into your property. Even when your tenants sign a lease agreement, you can’t always monitor your property at all times. Regularly scheduled property inspections are very important for your properly in order to detect any unseen damages that could have been caused from your tenants or from the overall property condition. To protect your property and your tenants, hire a professional property inspector to ease your mind and maintain the condition of your property.

Move in Inspections

Prior to a new tenant moving into the property, a thorough property inspection should take place. This will help to detect any serious issues caused from the previous tenants and ensure that your new tenants move into a cleanly inspected home without any damage or issues.

Move Out Inspections

Prior to your tenants moving out, conducting a move out inspection will help save you from having to pay for damages that your tenants caused to your property during their residency. Hiring an inspector to thoroughly check your home for any hidden damages will save you money on fixing anything that was damaged during the previous residency.

Routine Property Inspections

Periodically checking in on your tenants can help you to discover serious damages prior to conducting the move out inspection. Your tenants will feel safe knowing that the property is in good condition throughout the duration of their stay, and you can rest easy knowing your property is damage free.

Conduct Thorough Tenant Screening

To protect your property, it is smart to conduct a thorough tenant screening to make sure that your tenants will take good care of your property. With any rental property, you run the risk of potential damages from daily wear and tear, but it is important that your tenants understand the importance of keeping the property in a good overall condition.

Rental Property Inspections by Done Right Home Inspection

For a rental property inspection for your Central Iowa home, contact Done Right. Our certified inspections are thorough and will give you peace of mind that your home is clean and safe and ready for new tenants. Contact us today!