Each season brings a new set of home maintenance challenges to overcome. The warm weather is perfect for taking on maintenance tasks. Here is a look at some home maintenance tasks that you may want to place on your checklist during the warmest months.
Outside the Home
Inspect Your Deck
Check your deck for any nails not hammered all the way in and rotting boards that need to be replaced. You can determine whether you need to seal your deck by spraying a little water on the boards. If it beads up, you are all set; if it soaks in, you will need to apply sealant.
Paint or Touch Up Exterior
It’s a great time of year to work on the single most important aspect of your home’s exterior—the paint. Not only does it make your home look better for your own personal enjoyment, it can enhance its value as well.
Clear Your Gutters
Storms during summer blow all kinds of debris into gutters. The result of this can be clogging, which can lead to water damage.
Clean Patio, Walkway, and Driveway
The best way to clean the stone components is by pressure washing them. Also inspect this part of your home’s exterior for cracks and weed growth before washing it.
Inside the Home
Clear Out Your Dryer Vent
A clean dryer vent is important no matter the time of year. The reason is that accumulated lint and dust are a fire hazard and dry weather multiplies the risk.
Inspect your home’s carbon monoxide and smoke detectors to ensure they are functioning.
Reverse Your Ceiling Fans
During the summer, you will want to adjust your ceiling fan so that it spins counter-clockwise. Blades that spin clockwise draw air upward. Reversing the spin forces cool air downwards to make your home more comfortable.