14 Easy Steps To Prepare Your Home For Summer
It’s finally June, and the first days of summer will be here before we know it! Is your home ready for the new season?
Maintaining a home is a never-ending job. There are dozens of features that require attention, and if you’re not careful, it’s easy to miss a step.
The changing of seasons is a perfect reminder to run through your routine home maintenance tasks and make sure your house is in its best shape!
14 Home Maintenance Tips To Help You Prepare For Summer
1. Freshen Up Your Home’s Exterior
Bright, sunny days and warm weather make summer the perfect time of year to touch up your home’s exterior paint.
Whether you live in an area with intense winters or it’s been awhile since your home was last painted, you’ll probably notice some spots outside that require touch-up paint. Aside from improving your home’s appearance, tackling these touchups once a year is a great way to prevent serious damage to your home’s siding, trim, and flashing.
To get started, make sure you remove any built-up dirt or algae, so you can paint onto a clean surface. Next, locate the areas that need touch-up paint, and remove chips to bring to a paint store. This helps to ensure your touch-up paint matches, even if the existing paint has faded over time.
When you’re ready to paint, start by scraping and priming the areas you’d like to touch up. Once the primer has dried, check the instructions on the side of your paint can so you can make sure you apply the paint in the appropriate weather. Weather that’s too warm or too cold may cause the paint to apply unevenly.
Once you’ve touched up all the areas needing work, your home will look well-maintained and, better yet, you’ll be prepared for the next round of harsh weather.
2. Clean Air Conditioning Filters
Regardless of whether your home has central air conditioning or you use window units, make sure you clean out the filters each year for best results.
A dirty filter forces the unit to work harder to cool the area. Luckily, though, most air conditioning filters are washable and can be rinsed in a sink or tub.
Ideally, your filters should be cleaned at least once a month during the summer, and the beginning of the season is the perfect time to start!
3. Clean Dryer Vents
Many homeowners tend to forget this simple task, but a clogged dryer vent decreases your dryer’s efficiency and can even create a serious fire hazard.
How often you’ll need to clean your dryer vents depends on the size of your dryer duct and the frequency with which your dryer is used. In general, though, cleaning your dryer vent once every season should be sufficient.
To do so, you’ll need to first locate the duct and carefully disconnect it from your dryer. The machine should be unplugged when you do this. Next, you can use either a shop-vac or brush to remove lint from the duct. Depending on how much lint has accumulated, you may be able to remove all of it from just one end of the duct.
After you’ve thoroughly cleaned out the duct, use your vacuum or shop-vac to clean up any lint stuck inside the dryer before reconnecting the hose.
4. Clean Gutters And Downspouts
Even if you tackled this task as part of your spring maintenance, there’s no harm in making sure gutters and downspouts are free of blockages and working correctly.
If your property has a lot of trees or you live in an area that experienced excessive wind and rain throughout the spring, your gutters have probably started to fill with leaves and other debris. Set aside some time to take a look at your gutters and clean them out if needed.
5. Check Your Deck And/ Or Porch For Damage
If you haven’t looked over your deck or porch lately, make sure you do so as soon as possible. Damage from snowstorms, rain, animals, or even regular wear and tear can easily go unnoticed, but it’s crucial to make sure these structures are safe.
If you find damage on your porch or deck, make a plan to repair it as quickly as possible. Seemingly small problems could have the potential to worsen over time, so the sooner you fix any issues, the better!
6. Reseal Your Deck, Porch, Walkways, and Driveway
Outdoor structures exposed to the elements are inevitably susceptible to damage. With routine maintenance, you can minimize damage and extend the life of your deck, porch, walkway, and driveway.
Different materials require different types of sealants; make sure you pick up the correct product for each structure you need to maintain.
For example, there are multiple kinds of sealants available for concrete surfaces like driveways, walkways, and patios. The best option may depend on either the climate in your area or the look you’d like to achieve.
Once you’ve determined which sealant you need to apply, clear away any dirt, pollen, or other debris that could potentially create a barrier between the surface and the sealer. Make sure you read the instructions on your sealant carefully and use an appropriate brush or pad to apply it to the surface you’re sealing.
7. Inspect Your Roof
If you haven’t paid much attention to your roof lately, summer’s the perfect time to inspect it. Most roofing companies offer inspection services, so no need to climb ladders if you’re not handy!
Aside from the more obvious leaks, some common roof problems homeowners experience include damaged shingles, moss and algae growth, or even excessive wear and tear that could require attention.
Inspecting your roof at the start of the summer gives you plenty of time to find a contractor and make repairs before the cold weather hits.
8. Deep Clean The Barbecue
Nothing beats a fun cookout with friends in the summer!
After months of not being used, though, your barbecue may need a good cleaning. First, brush off the grates to remove the loose buildup. If there’s a lot, you can use a shop-vac to clean out any debris that’s collected inside the grill.
Next, remove the grates and scrub them with soap and water using your grill brush. Once all the build-up has been cleaned off, you can replace the grates and wipe down the outside of your grill using a rag or microfiber cloth.
9. Clean Ceiling Fans
If your house has ceiling fans, then you probably know how quickly they accumulate dust and turn into an eyesore.
Cleaning your fans at least once a season is a great way to stay on top of your dusting and keep the air in your home fresh.
If you happened to reverse the direction of your fan blades during the winter, make sure you return them to the correct position for warm weather as well.
10. Inspect The Attic And Basement
Attics and basements tend to get ignored, but making a point to inspect these areas is important for identifying potential problems like leaks, mold, damage from animals, or even foundational problems.
Take some time to look around your home’s attic and basement. If you see anything that is cause for concern, call a professional as soon as possible.
11. Check Weatherstripping Around Windows And Doors
If your doors or windows are not properly sealed, your energy bills will be higher than necessary.
Extreme weather conditions, storms, and even animals can damage weatherstripping, so be sure to look over all exterior doors and windows in your home.
If there are gaps in your existing weatherstripping, make sure you buy the appropriate material and understand how to install it correctly.
12. Fix Or Replace Broken Screens
While you’re inspecting your weatherstripping, take a look at each of your screens as well.
Small rips and tears can be fixed with screen tape or patches. For more severe damage, however, it may be necessary to replace the screen entirely.
13. Open And Treat The Pool
If your home has a pool, the beginning of summer is the perfect time to test the chemical levels and treat the water accordingly.
Make sure you remember to turn on the pump so the chemicals can be disbursed evenly throughout the water.
As you work on preparing the pool for use, test the chemical and pH levels to ensure that the water is safe for bathing.
14. Inspect Fences And Gates
If your home has a fence, summertime brings the perfect opportunity to take care of any repairs that it may need.
Walk around the perimeter of the fenced-in area and check for signs of damage the fence may have suffered during the rest of the year. Make sure to look over gates and latches too, so you can locate potential problems and make repairs when the weather permits.
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