With the change of the season, comes home maintenance chores to put on your to-do list. The summer is time for warm outdoor hangouts and cooling down inside, so it’s important to make sure your home is ready for everything the season brings with it. From cleaning your barbeque to prepping your porch for summer nights outside, here are 7 home maintenance tips to tackle for summer!
1. Prepare Your Cooling Systems
Inspect and prepare your air conditioning systems for their busiest time of the year. Remove and clean the filters before turning on the AC and consider getting your air conditioning system professionally serviced to ensure your AC system lasts as long as possible. The last thing you want on a smoldering hot day is for your AC unit to break down. If you have ceiling fans, clean them with a damp rag. Have high ceilings? Attach a dryer sheet to a paint roller to wipe dust away.
2. Check for Leaks in Your Attic and Basement
After the cooler, rainy seasons of winter and spring, it’s important to check your attic and basement for leaks to stop water damage in its tracks. Check your attic for signs of dampness, leaks, mildew, holes in the roof, and pests. And in the basement, be on the lookout for leak, pests, mold and mildew.
3. Clean and Prep Your Grill
More time outside means more time firing up the barbeque! If you have a charcoal grill, empty the grill and wipe away any dirt or residue. Use hot water, dish soap and a sponge to clean the outside and inside of the grill, and let it dry before using it.
If you have a gas grill, close the lid, turn the heat to high and leave it on for about half an hour, then let it cool. Use a grill brush to sweep the grill and wipe down the outside with hot water, dish soap and a sponge. Make sure to clean out all the dip trays as well.
4. Wash Your Windows and Change Out Your Screens (If Needed)
The start of summer is the perfect time to wash your windows. All you need is warm water, soap and a squeegee to get them looking their best. While you’re at it, give your window screens a wash with hot, soapy water. And if you notice they look worse for wear, it may be time to change them out.
5. Prep Your Porch
Warmer weather means more time spent outside on the porch. Sweep your porch thoroughly and mop them with an all-purpose cleaner. If there’s still embedded dirt, you may need to scrub it down with a brush.
6. Pressure Wash Your Driveway and Walkway
It’s amazing what a difference pressure washing your driveway and walkway can make. After a rainy, muddy spring, you’ll want your driveway and walkway to look pristine. You can do this yourself with a pressure washer, or enlist the help of professionals to do it for you!
7. Trim Trees, Bushes and Plants
It’s normal for your greenery to become overgrown in the winter, but it’s time to trim it down. Shape your trees, bushes and plants and make sure to pay special attention to the area around your AC unit. Don’t forget to deadhead your perennials and annuals to help them flourish!
Summer will be here sooner than you know it! Make sure your home is prepped for the season with these home maintenance tips!