Home Maintenance for Walls, Floors, and Ceilings

 Grout repairs can prevent tile damage.

Grout repairs can prevent tile damage.

While most of the rest of the country huddles in for the winter, Phoenix residents are brushing up on their golf skills. But, one of the other things we can do is look over our homes inside to check for needed repairs. It’s easy to overlook necessary winter maintenance of walls, floors and ceilings maintenance while living in the house from day to day because we don’t really ‘see’ problems.

Indoor home repairs should start at the top. What is hiding in your attic or crawl space? If you have clutter which is just taking up space up there, consider using it or donating it to a needy charity. If your ductwork is there, look it over to make sure there aren’t any apparent breaks or sags. 

Look up at the ceiling. If you have a popcorn ceiling, water stains, grease or dirt stains, address those first. Popcorn ceiling is outdated, and you should consider removing it, especially if you’re planning to sell your home. Cobwebs, vent grills, and ceiling fans should also be cleaned.

 A homeowner might discover he has termites when he notices his baseboard paint 'looks a little funy'.

A homeowner might discover he has termites when he notices his baseboard paint 'looks a little funy'.

Then move down to the walls. Do they need spackle, paint, or maybe just a good cleaning? Are there any bare nails or other hanging hardware which is no longer in use and can be removed?  Is their worn or dated wallpaper or paneling?  Take a moment to examine the windows for any cracks or crumbling grout.  Do the windows and sills need to be washed?  This is a good time to check blinds and drapes, including the rods, to make sure these are clean and in good repair.

The next thing you will want to do is walk around and check every door in the house. Is the hardware working correctly? Do all the locks work? Do any of the doors squeak, stick, or catch on flooring or other elements?  Don’t forget to address any pet door problems or cleaning.

 Ductwork slips cost hundreds in heating and cooling costs.

Ductwork slips cost hundreds in heating and cooling costs.

Flooring and stairs (including the railing) can take a considerable beating in an active home. Do any of the stairs squeak? Do the railings need cleaning, repair, painting or adjustment? Sometimes there is an area beneath the stairs which may need attention, as well. Whether it’s a cabinet or an open space, take a moment to get beneath it and look up beneath the stairs to check for structural integrity. Most homeowners find their own termites.

Examine floors, carpets, and tile for stains, spots, broken tiles, crumbling grout, worn spots, soft spots, and anything else that might stand out. Don’t forget to have a good look at the baseboards as you clean them, too, to check for cracks, missing or loose finishing nails or other issues.

If you have a fireplace or wood-burning stove, check it for cracks or other structural anomalies. This is also an excellent time to schedule a chimney cleaning, which should be done once a year.

As you walk around and check your home, you may want to make a list of things which need to be addressed. Many of these can be addressed by the homeowner; however, if you found structural damage, or decide you need more windows, an addition, or a breakfast bar, a licensed contractor can help. 


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