Lounging on the deck, the scent of BBQ and, yes, cold beverages.
Summer and the warm weather it brings puts all of us in the mood for fun and relaxation.
Knowing that your home will be your entertainment hub over the coming months, you’ll want to ensure that it’s in tip-top shape and prevent issues that could curb your summer enthusiasm.
Here are eight home maintenance tasks to get your home primed for summer:
Pressure Wash Your Home’s Exterior
Not only does pressure washing instantly upgrade your home’s curb appeal and make your outdoor spaces feel fresh and new, doing so also removes mold and mildew that accumulates over time, eats away at paint and finishes and, potentially, poses a health risk.
While you may be able to handle this task on your own, you should consider hiring a professional if you have a multi-level home.
Repair Leaks Around Windows and Doors
Nothing literally dampens your summer mood more than water leaking into your home.
To prevent this from happening, check the seals around windows and doors for gaps that could let water in. Caulk is an excellent material to quickly and easily patch potential problem areas.
Doing so can prevent precious AC from escaping and boost your home’s energy efficiency in the process.
Speaking of AC…
Check Your HVAC
Air conditioning is your ticket to comfort in the dog days of summer.
To keep your HVAC system working as it should, start your summer by replacing old air filters, removing any debris obstructing the AC unit and testing your cooling system to ensure it’s doing its job properly.
And, if you haven’t done so in a while, consider scheduling a professional AC tune-up. If there are issues, it’s better to find and resolve them now vs. the 4th of July holiday when it’s 100°!
Prune Your Trees
Storms are a part of summer. While it can be soothing to sit inside and listen to the rain and thunder, your roof, siding, and windows won’t find any zen by being struck repeatedly by tree limbs.
Prevent exterior damage by pruning overgrown or hanging trees, branches and shrubs that could make contact with your home.
(Plus, it just looks nice!)
Clean Your Gutters
While we’re on the topic of rain and debris:
Gutters often get clogged with leaves in the winter and fall, which ultimately prevents them from doing their job: directing water away from your home. This can lead to water spilling over the side of your gutters, entering your home, and pooling around the foundation: all bad things.
Take some time to clean out your gutters before the rainy season starts — and save yourself a lot of future hassle.
Repair & Stain Your Deck
If you have a deck, you’re going to be on it this summer. A lot.
Just as you would change your car’s oil and inflate the tires before going on a road trip, now is the time to make sure your deck is ready for the miles you’re about to put on it!
Wash it, inspect it for wear and tear, remove defective nails, replace damaged planks and, if you haven’t done so recently, stain or seal it for extra protection and longevity.
Maintain Your Pool
Much like your AC, your pool is your sanctuary from the heat — but more fun!
Whether you have an in-ground or above-ground pool, you’ll want to make sure it’s in good working order. So, give it a good skim and scrub, vacuum and remove debris, repair any chips or damage, check the liner for rips, ensure pH levels are balanced – and clean the filter.
Check Your Ceiling Fans
Ceiling fans are a great, low-cost cooling option that gives your AC a much-needed break.
Give them a thorough dusting and test them to make sure they’re operating properly and rotating in a counter-clockwise direction.
If your fans are wobbly or noisy, you can often remedy the situation on your own with a $10 fan balancing kit.
Be Proactive – and Keep the Good Times Rolling!
Not only do these routine maintenance tasks help you ensure that your home will be a comfortable place to relax and entertain throughout the summer, they also prevent small issues from becoming larger problems that can surface at the worst possible times and, potentially, cost a lot to repair.
Take care of these maintenance tasks early and enjoy your home to its fullest potential this summer — and for years to come.