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What to check before renovating your home

May 29, 2014

After a winter in which every state in the U.S. experienced temperatures below freezing at one point - even in Florida and Hawaii! - it's little surprise that Americans are eager to get outside and enjoy the fresh, warmer air. In fact, many people are intent on finally going to work on that renovation plan that's been put on the back burner.

In a recent poll, more than half said that they believe now is a great time to refurbish their house into something that's they've been wanting for a long time. Though some will make it a personal project, most said that a professional will be involved in one way or another.

And in the aftermath of an active cold weather season, one area that homeowners should be sure to address is signs of damage.

"Winter weather can damage homes in ways that aren't easily visible," said Paul Sullivan, chair of the National Association of Home Builders' remodeling division.

Take a look at these home maintenance tips. They're sure to provide you with some guidelines of what to be on the lookout for when it comes to inspecting before renovating.

1. Clean out the gutters. You'd be surprised how much dirt, leaves and debris accumulates in the gutters over a few months. Sometimes they can be so clogged as to prevent water from flowing through the gutters so that it can be channeled away from the house. NAHB recommended clearing out these gutters to prevent water from accumulating and potentially leaking into the residence.

2. Be on the lookout for leaks. With ice and snow finally melting, leaks may become apparent that weren't before because everything was frozen. The best places to look are in the attic. While you're at it, check for leaks from interior sources as well, such as under the sink, as frozen pipes can create problems with the plumbing.

3. Examine exterior siding. If painting or using different clapboards is on this year's docket for renovation, you'll need to be sure that there aren't any missing or loose pieces beforehand. NAHB suggested looking for pieces of siding that are either no longer there or are wobbly to the touch.

For additional tips to be mindful of before launching your renovation plan, check out NAHB's website.

The information in these articles is intended to provide guidance on the proper maintenance and care of systems and appliances in the home. Not all of the topics mentioned are covered by our home warranty or maintenance plans. Please review your home warranty contract carefully to understand your coverage.