Summer Home Maintenance Tips
It’s summertime and now that the harsh weather is behind us, you may want to look into some maintenance items around the house that you’ve been putting off. The cold weather, rain and wind may have wreaked havoc around your home, now is the time to make needed repairs – especially if you plan on putting your home on the market later this year.
Examine the Gutters for Debris
This one is easy to forget about but leaves and dirt can collect over time in your gutters and downspouts. Clean out any debris and check for any damage or loose pieces.
Fix a Broken Sprinkler
Check for broken or clogged sprinkler heads. Some water companies may provide free irrigation inspections so you may want to call and check.
Do a Leak Check
Since utilities tend to cost more in the summer, you may want to look for extra leaks around the house. Inspect the air ducts in your attic for holes and check the caulking around all your doors and windows to see if they are in good condition. Don’t forget to check for water leaks at your exterior faucets as well – even a tiny drip can be a big waste of water and money.
Check Your Roof
With a rainy spring season, you may have some missing or loose shingles on your roof. Now is a great time to have your roof checked to make sure you don’t wind up with leaks later on.
Spruce up the Exterior
Pressure wash your home’s exterior. Remove old dead plants or bushes and add new ones. Look over your deck for signs of rotting and hammer in any nails that may be poking up. It may be time to paint or reseal – sprinkle some water on your deck, if the water beads up, the deck is in good shape.
Clean out the Dryer Vent
You should check this regularly but if you have not done it in a while, now is a great time to get it done. Remove the dryer hose and/or outside vent pipe cover, then clean the inside of the hose and pipe thoroughly with a special brush or vacuum cleaner. You should also be sure to clean out the lint filter on your dryer every time you dry a load of clothes.
Service the HVAC System
DIY or have it professionally serviced to maintain efficiency. Make sure you are changing your filters every 30 to 60 days as well which is the general recommendation.
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