As the weather turns nicer, the city of Grandview Heights is beginning its annual spring residential housing inspection program.

As the weather turns nicer, the city of Grandview Heights is beginning its annual spring residential housing inspection program.

This year, the exteriors of homes from Kramer Avenue east to Northwest Boulevard and surrounding properties will be observed for violations of the city's residential housing code.

"Our goal is to maintain and improve the exceptional condition of properties in Grandview Heights," residential building inspector Ron Ayers said.

"Of course, everybody wants to enhance and maintain the property values in our community," Ayers said. "The inspection program is one way to do that.

"Keep in mind, what I don't want to be is a property manager for someone," he said. "What I'm trying to do is pick the big infractions."

The hope is that once they are notified of major infractions, residents will also decide to take care of smaller problems, Ayers said.

"I'm not telling anybody anything they don't already know," he said. "They know they have maintenance needs. I'm just trying to give them a little nudge to elevate things to the top of the priority chain."

His own priorities as he conducts the inspections include sidewalks and alleys, Ayers said.

Sidewalks are checked for offsets between sections, cracked or deteriorating squares or other factors that may cause tripping hazards, he said.

Alleys are inspected to make sure the adjoining property area is free of weeds, discarded furniture, appliances, trash or debris that detract from the overall appearance of the neighborhood, Ayers said.

"The same care needs to be given as you would to the front of the property," he said.

During his inspection, Ayers, said, he will also observe house and garage gutters, roofing, exterior surfaces, doors, windows, screens, fences, garages and accessory structures, chimneys, porches, porch railings and stairs to make sure they are in good repair.

He also checks that enough trashcans are present and have tight-fitting lids, the address posted on the front of the house is clearly visible and that all vehicles are licensed and operable.

Properties are also examined to make sure vegetation does not obstruct pedestrian or vehicular traffic, yard grass is cut and trimmed and fence rows are maintained weed free.

"If we find a violation of our ordinances and housing code, we send a violation notice that identifies the problem and gives the person a reasonable amount of time to resolve the issue," Ayers said.

A resident will receive a final notice and one more chance to resolve the violation before the matter is referred to mayor's court, he said.

"We don't want to have to take the matter into mayor's court," Ayers said. "We want to get the problem resolved."

Most residents do a good job of maintaining their property and responding if a violation is discovered at their home, he said.

"I really have to thank the community for the job they do maintaining their properties," Ayers said. "What makes my job fun is getting to meet and talk to so many people I wouldn't otherwise get to meet."