Property Maintenance Code Checklist

Property Maintenance Code Checklist

As homes age, routine maintenance plays a vital role in maintaining property values. The following checklist will help guide you through an inspection of your property. Correction of necessary repairs you have detected will help maintain a clean, safe and desirable living environment.

EXTERIOR PROPERTY AREAS
Sanitation
Check box Accumulation of litter, garbage or waste
Grading/Drainage
Areas of erosion
Low areas allowing ponding of stagnant water
Discharging storm water directly on public sidewalks, streets or neighboring property
Sidewalks/Driveways
Significant cracks in pavement
Broken areas
Uneven slabs creating a possible trip hazard
Weeds
Weeds or tall grass growth greater than 8" in height
Accessory Structures: fences, detached garages, sheds, retaining walls.
Structurally sound
Peeling or flaking paint
Rusting surfaces
Missing or unsecured components

EXTERIOR OF STRUCTURE
Street Numbers Must be Visible from street and at least 3" in height
Exterior - General
Peeling, flaking paint
Exterior finishes with holes/breaks
Deterioration
Missing or unsecured components
Foundation Walls
Cracks/breaks
Tuckpointing
Windows and Doors
Glass with cracks and breaks
Trim with deterioration
Peeling and flaking paint
Roofs
Loose shingles
Worn, missing or unsecured roofing materials
Flashing
Fascia & soffits
Drainage
Gutters and downspouts with disconnected, unsecured and missing sections
Guttering with an accumulation of leaves
Chimneys
Tuckpointing
Plumb
Porches/Decks
Handrails and guardrails
Stairways
Flooring
Structural members

Structural Members
Deteriorated or unsecured components
Excessive notching of joists
Life Safety
Smoke detectors in sleeping areas and on each floor level
Interior Surfaces
Peeling paint
Cracked or loose plaster
Defective surfaces
Sanitary
Accumulation of rubbish or garbage
Stairs, Railings, Handrails, Guardrails
Deteriorated or unsecured components
Windows and Doors
Tight fitting, weatherproof
Easily opened
Hardware
Heating Facilities
Capable of maintaining a room temperature of 65 degree Fahrenheit
Accumulation of debris around furnace
Proper flue installation
Electrical System
Adequately sized
Switches and outlets - working order, cover plates
Lighting fixtures - working order, secure
Loose or frayed wires
Extension cords used in lieu of permanent wiring
Plumbing System
Plumbing fixtures - working order, free of obstructions and leaks, properly installed
Water heater properly installed and in working order
Sanitary drainage system in working order

REMEMBER...

Some repairs require building permits, such as structural repairs or renovation of existing space involving plumbing, electrical, or mechanical installations.
Information about which repairs or code corrections require a permit is available from the Department of Public Works.
Call (314) 615-5184 for details.

Reoccupancy permits are required in Property Conservation Districts.
Information about applying for a permit or about district locations is available from the Department of Public Works.
North of Highway 40, please call (314) 615-7346.
South of Highway 40, please call (314) 615-4142.

This checklist is not intended to include all maintenance items you may need to address, but it is intended to be your guide through an exterior inspection of your property.