Want to have your home totally summertime ready? You’ll want to do some cleaning, inspecting, and consider some repairs or replacement so that everything’s in tip-top condition. Here are ideas to get you started.
Look Over your Deck
Check for boards that may be warped and overly worn. Some of them may need replacing or special treatments.
Make Sure There Aren’t Outdoor Leaks
Check all outdoor faucets to ensure there are no leaks. Look at your hose since a tiny hole can mean that you’ll waste a great deal of water. You can use electrical tape to repair small holes.
Clean Downspouts and Gutters
Clean out the gutters once a year or more. It’s a good idea to do it more often if you have several trees surrounding the area.
Inspect Window and Door Caulking
Tons of insects are out during the summer, and you want to avoid having them come into your home. Check to be sure that the caulking in your doors and windows will keep them out and if not, apply fresh caulking.
Care for Your Grill
If you have a grill, clean it out before you’ll start using it for the season. For a charcoal grill, empty it out and wipe away residue and dust. Take some dish soap, hot water, and a scrub brush or sponge to both the inside and outside. Let it dry completely before you use it. For a gas grill, close its lid, put the heat on high, and let it cook for around a half of an hour. Let it cool off, then sweep the grill with a grill brush. Clean out the drip trays and wipe the outside with a sponge and cleaner.
Tend to Your Plants
Are you planting new ones yearly or do you have perennials or a combination of both? Take a whole morning (or day, depending on how much you have) to get your soil ready and put in the plants as long as the overnight frost season is over.
Ensure Your Cooling System Is Ready
If you already have an air conditioner or HVAC system, it’s a good time to have it serviced. Bring in a professional to inspect the air conditioner/system so that you aren’t stuck with an extremely hot house in the middle of summer if something breaks down.
Wash Your Windows
Celebrate the season and more sun with sparkling, clean windows. It will feel great to have them shine and be able to have a clear view without the dirt, dust, and grime.
Whether you have your own home or live in a community with a Homeowner’s Association, you’ll want to maintain your space to the best of your ability. The above Home Care Tips will help you make this possible.