Top 10 Summertime Home Maintenance Tasks
It’s officially summer in New England and we couldn’t be more excited! The long days are filled with golden sunlight and the warm nights are perfect for campfires and barbecues.
If the perfect summer weather has you tempted to write off home maintenance chores, we totally get it! It’s hard to focus on cleaning when you could easily just spend the day lounging by the pool. However, it is still important to keep up with your home even in the summer. That’s why we made this easy-to-follow summer maintenance checklist for you.
Here is our carefully curated list of the 10 most important home maintenance tasks that all homeowners should keep up with during the summer:
- Keep it cool
- Let the light in
- Test those alarms
- Break out the paintbrush
- Pressure wash the exterior
- Put it in reverse
- Inspect the deck
- Consider a pool inspection
- Get your debris out of the gutters
- Perfect the landscape
When temperatures start rising outside, the air conditioner suddenly becomes the most valuable feature of your home. With some days reaching up to 100℉, you’ll definitely want to keep the inside of your home cool. Make sure you’re prepared by removing and cleaning the filters in any air conditioning units. If you do not clean the filters, air won’t be able to pass through and this will burn out the fan motors. If you have central air, be sure to clean or dust the air-handler filters throughout your home. Additionally, you’ll want to ensure that the condenser coils on the outside unit are free of dust and dirt. The units can become quite dirty if they were not covered throughout the winter. If you are having any major issues with your central air system, you’ll want to contact an HVAC professional.
Our personal favorite part of summer is the ample amount of sunlight throughout the day. Take advantage of the dazzling natural light and bring it directly into your home! You can accomplish this by cleaning your windows (interior & exterior!), replacing old blinds, and replacing old/dirty screens. Do all of these things and you’ll let both the radiant sunshine as well as the summer breeze right into your home.
By now, it kind of goes without saying that you should be testing your alarms and detectors frequently. Testing these devices is a quick and easy task that can have incredible benefits. Take some time today to test your fire alarms and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they are working properly. Then, you can rest easy knowing that your family is safe inside the home.
Summer weather makes for the perfect opportunity to touch up the outside of your home. Use this time to check and clean the exterior. If necessary, consider hiring a professional to repaint the house. Adding a fresh coat of paint can do wonders for making your home look more lively and inviting.
If you don’t think a paint job is necessary for your home right now, consider pressure washing the exterior. This is another task that can get your house looking bright and new. If you don’t own a pressure washer, try contacting a local cleaning business in your area to provide the service for you. If you do own a pressure washer, make sure to operate it properly and safely. Be sure to wear the proper eye and ear protection, and never aim it towards anyone else. Once you’re ready, you can use the device to get the exterior of your house exceptionally clean.
Did you know that you can set your ceiling fan to spin counterclockwise in order to push the air downward? Complete this quick task and help cool down the house- a must in the summertime! While you are up there, give the ceiling fan a good dusting and cleaning as well. Use a rag to wipe down the blades and make sure the bulbs are working properly as well.
During this time of year, you will probably be spending a good amount of time outside on your deck if you have one. Give your deck a quick inspection to ensure it is safe. For more info on what to look for while inspecting your deck, check out our Deck Inspection Checklist!
After the air conditioner, the pool is a homeowner’s best friend when it comes to keeping cool in the summer heat. Before you break out your bathing suit and floaties, you’ll want to make sure your pool is in tip-top shape. Did you know that Sherwood Inspection does pool inspections? If you’re considering a pool inspection this summer, we can guarantee a thorough and comprehensive inspection process.
After a rainy spring season, gutters can quickly build up dirt and debris from storms. Summer is the perfect time to repair and clean your gutters. You can accomplish this task by safely climbing up to the gutters and removing the cover. Once you are up there, look for any signs of damage. This includes cracks, splits, paint damage, rust, pools of water, or mold. If the gutters are severely damaged, you should consider replacing them. If the damage is minimal, they probably just need a good cleaning. Use a scoop to clear the debris. You can also use a pressure washer for a fast cleaning process.
The last thing you’ll want to do before relaxing in the sun this summer is touching up the landscape around your house. Properly maintained land around your home can really help pull the entire thing together. Accomplish this by completing tasks such as mowing the lawn, pulling weeds, fertilizing the lawn, and pruning the trees. Another important thing to keep in mind is the grading of the land near the foundation of your house. You should ensure that water grading drains away from the house so that water will not get into your basement.
Once you have completed all of these maintenance tasks, your home will surely be ready to endure another season! If you are in the CT or MA area and considering a home, pool, or deck inspection this summer, give Sherwood Inspection Services a call at 860-646-9983.