As schools let out and families across the country dive head-first into summer, they’ll be spending a lot of time outdoors. But first, it’s important to look over your home to see if there are any signs of deterioration, says Ward W. Melville for CoreLogic.

A good place to start is in the basement or crawlspace to see if there are any deteriorating areas, loose mortar, moisture, or leakage. The same should be done in the attic to see if there is any evidence of water penetration such as ceilings with brown circle marks.

And, if possible, check out the roof to see what kind of shape it’s in. Drastic weather can cause serious damage to any roof. Those homeowners with safe access to their roofs should check for loose, damaged, or missing shingles. If the home has a flat roof, it should be inspected for signs of open seams, blisters, debris, standing water or bald areas. For any type of roof, a licensed professional should be contacted if repairs are needed or the homeowner is in doubt or has no safe roof access.

To read Melville’s full list of to-dos, click below.

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