The summer months are the time of the year when you want to enjoy your home, not have to fix it up! However, some things need to be addressed before fall rolls in. Also, some of these simple tasks can help you enjoy both the inside and outside of your home more.
Below we’ve provided 6 stress-free summer home maintenance tips for you to consider. If you keep on top of your home maintenance checklist you’ll have plenty of time to sit by the pool and have BBQs this summer! Let’s get started.
Summer Home Maintenance Checklist
Fix Up Your Home’s Exterior
One of the most tedious tasks on the checklist will be maintaining the exterior of your home. A poorly-maintained roof, siding, or deck indicates neglectful homeowners. While a deteriorated exterior negatively impacts your resale value, it also creates a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, and pests.
Also, by addressing damage early on you can prevent costly repairs and save money in the long run.
Wash Your Windows and Window Screens
The first thing you should do is take your window screens off and wash them with soap and water. This will remove any pollen, dirt, or other debris that’s built up over the year. After that, you should pressure wash your windows and wipe them down with vinegar and water to remove any streaks.
Pressure Wash the Driveway and Sidewalk
Does your home have a private driveway or walkway? You should give them both a thorough power wash to remove any grime, dirt, and stains that’ve built up over the past year. By doing so you can brighten up the front of your house and restore the concrete to its natural color.
Make the Yard Aesthetically Pleasing
If you have a yard, you’ll want to make sure it’s well taken care of. To keep the weeds away you’ll want to hire a chemical company to spray regularly. Even then some weeds may pop up out of nowhere and they’ll need to be pulled if you want to stop them from spreading. Another good tip to keep your weeds under control is to add mulch to your flower beds.
Lastly, since the summer months tend to be hotter than usual you’ll want to water a few times a week if there’s been no recent rainfall. This will allow the grass to stay fresh and grow!
Clean Your Garbage Disposal and Dishwasher
To properly clean your garbage disposal and dishwasher you’ll need a few items, vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice. The vinegar and baking soda will remove any food residue that’s been left behind. It will also prevent bacteria growth which can make you and others in your household sick. The lemon juice is an added measure that will give your garbage disposal and dishwasher that fresh and clean smell you’re looking for!
Check Your Smoke Detectors
Summer is the perfect time to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. In most cases the alarm will alert you when the battery is low and needs replacing. If you ignore the constant chirping for long enough the battery will die and you will no longer be protected.