A weekend tour will give owners of historic homes a chance to brush up on identifying and fixing problem areas at their properties.

The tour is from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday and will be led by Ron Zmyslo, a licensed home inspector, and Mark Johnson, the city's building inspector.

The walking tour is part of the Preservation on a Shoestring series. The group will meet at the Christ Episcopal Church garden at 506 Mulberry St.

Camille Fife, a local historic preservation specialist, said the buildings on the tour have been pre-selected. Johnson and Zmyslo will discuss appropriate fixes and maintenance pertaining for the exterior of the older homes and buildings on the tour. The goal is to educate the public and help residents prevent long-term issues and pricey restorations.

The workshop is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Cornerstone Society Inc. in conjunction with Madison Main Street Program, Historic Madison Inc., Jefferson County Historical Society and the city of Madison.