Property Preservation Can Save Money—and Headaches

Spring may have sprung, but the harsh effects of winter are actively haunting Midwestern homes. If not addressed annually, winter’s severe damage adds up, and homeowners may find themselves shelling out money for extensive repairs. Proactive homeowners who inspect their homes’ exteriors annually often require fewer repairs over time.

Hester Painting & Decorating has been identifying exterior trouble spots and problems for homeowners for more than 45 years. Jeff Hester urges homeowners to conduct a careful inspection annually to look for trouble spots and warning signs. “Annual exterior inspections help the home’s curb appeal, but the key reasons to do it are your home’s longevity and market value.” He recommends homeowners arm themselves with a flashlight, notebook and a couple of hours of time.

Hester Painting & Decorating also offers free annual inspections through its Exterior Maintenance Program. Homeowners receive a detailed, no-obligation evaluation, including cost estimates and timelines for repairs. “Many homeowners can spot an issue after the damage is done, but it is better–and far less expensive–to catch potential problems before they fester.”

Here are Two of the Five Key Trouble Spots:

Paint Deterioration. Cracked, flaking and peeling paint leaves openings for unwanted moisture, which welcomes mildew and mold.

Examine the surfaces.  Winter’s freeze-thaw cycle is hard on homes. Look for signs of splitting or peeling on every horizontal surface where water pools–window sills, steps, fences, doorframes.

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Hester Painting & Decorating  |  Skokie  |  847.677.5139  |

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