While most of us were tucked away in our houses for the past two months in hopes of flattening the curve to the Coronavirus, summer home maintenance was probably not at the top of our minds during the time. With most of the state heading into the yellow and green phases, we can already smell fresh patties on the grill, feel the summer breeze, taste the sweet summer fruits, hear the sounds of kids riding their bikes in the neighborhood, and see the green sprout all around us. However, with all the fun of summer rolling in, it is important to make sure your home is in tip-top shape for the summer. Continuing to check on your exterior and interior, appliances, and electrical systems will help prevent breakdowns, save money, and keep your home looking brand new! Use this home checklist to make sure you are preparing your home for this summer.
Inspect House Exterior
Power wash siding or brick: This will help get rid of any dust, dirt, or mold that leave your home looking dirty.
Repair and Repaint: Any chipped, cracking, or faded exterior paint to protect your home from the elements.
Clean Out Gutters and Downspouts: Even though this is typically considered a job for the spring or the fall, summer is also recommended. Summer storms and high winds can cause debris to fall into the gutters.
Wash Windows: Inside and out, to bring in light and see more clearly outside.
Inspect Foundation: Inspect for cracks or leaks. Foundation cracks can create an entry point for groundwater which can lead to serious flooding.
Charcoal Grills: Empty the grill and wipe away any dust or residue. Use hot water, dish soap, and a scrub brush to clean both the outside and inside of the grill. *Be sure to let the grill dry off before next use
Gas Grills: Close the lid, turn the heat on high, and let the grill cook for about a half-hour. Let the grill cool and then use a grill brush to sweep the grill. Wipe down the outside with a sponge and cleaner. Then clean out all of the drip trays.
Check out our Grill Safety Tips Here.
Power Wash Porch/ Deck
Inspect: to see if there are any boards that are rotting, if so, have them replaced. Be sure to check if your deck needs resealed. If you notice bubbling and cracks in the sealant, its time to get resealed.
Wash: wash your porch and deck to maintain a fresh new look. This will also help prevent wood from splitting or cracking.
Inspect House Interior
Check windows for leaks: Re-caulk seals on doors and windows. This can increase your home’s energy efficiency.
Clean the dryer vent and exhaust duct: Clean clogged lint and dust in dryer vents. This can prevent a house fire.
Clean garbage disposal: Avoid the plumbers!
Smoke Detectors: Do a test and replace batteries if needed.
Carbon Monoxide: Check the carbon monoxide detectors.
Inspect Air Conditioners
Have A/C Checked and Serviced: by doing this you can extend the life of your A/C unit and reduce the need for costly repairs.
If You Have Window A/C Units: make sure to clean off the filters before using them.