Summer Home Maintenance Checklist
Summer is the ideal time to take care of some of those things around the house that you have been neglecting. But where do you start? Here’s a useful list to get you going.
Get your garden tools ready
Summer is the season of gardening for many. For that reason, it’s important to get your lawn and garden tools ready to tackle the job. Sharpen blades, change the oil in your mower, and clean your tools.
Check your home’s windows and doors
Poorly locking doors and windows can cause a security risk to your home and family. Be sure all of your windows and doors lock properly and consider adding additional outdoor lighting (such as solar lights) to increase security.
Inspect exterior plumbing
Companies like Clearview Plumbing recommend that you check your exposed plumbing to ensure that there are no leaks, loose parts or other problems that may have resulted from the cold weather.
Inspect for bugs or other invaders
Now that the weather is warm, it’s a good time to check your home for evidence of things like ants, termites, mice and other critters who may have invaded over the winter. If you notice signs of damage to your wood (which could be caused by termites) call an exterminator to take care of the issue for you. Otherwise, the problem will only get worse and you’ll be in for more trouble later.
Winter can be hard on things like decks and patios. Now is the time not only to wash down your patio, deck and other outdoor spaces but also to repair any loose boards, bricks or patio stones to avoid tripping and falling injuries. Give your patio furniture a thorough cleaning as well.
Get your painting done
Have you been putting off getting your painting projects done? Spring/summer is the best time for external painting projects! Sand and stain your deck, paint your fence….these small changes can spruce up your house in no time! What’s more, paint provides a protective layer for wood, helping it better fend of the rigours of regular use as well as Mother Nature.
Check out your siding
Winter can cause siding to become loose or damaged. When that happens, your home becomes at a higher risk for leaks and other issues. Every spring and summer, be sure to take a thorough look around your home to check for dents, gaps and holes in your siding and also in your window trim. If you think your home’s siding needs to be replaced, don’t wait. Call a professional to have it looked at right away. Ignoring the problem will only make it worse.
Summer is a time of lazy days and endless relaxation. But if you’re a homeowner, before you can get to the relaxation stage you need to take care of a few things first. Once these jobs are tackled, you can get on with the true business of kicking back and relaxing all summer, knowing that your home is safe, protected and beautiful!