Starting with the exterior, some red flags homeowners may not notice until they become a problem are related to the gutter system. While practicing routine upkeep, look out for pooling water, peeling paint and sagging or damaged seams. These warnings may indicate repair is needed to help properly direct rainwater runoff, or that the house might benefit from having a gutter protection system installed. If faulty gutters aren’t addressed in time, it could lead to leakage and subsequent water damage or mold growth both inside the home and out.

Moving inside, there are plenty of little things to watch out for throughout the interior. For instance, homeowners may not think to check the attic, but it should be inspected consistently. Unused attics can hide impending problems as they are more “out of sight, out of mind.” It’s essential to make time, especially before the winter months, to look for and replace any disintegrated, damaged or missing insulation layers. Also, attics can be prone to mold and mildew buildup. Go over the space for any moisture before it has the chance to cause structural damage or health problems.

By being diligent with home inspection and maintenance now, homeowners could save themselves a lot of time, money and stress in the future. For further examples of home damage warning signs, please see the accompanying resource.

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