Owning a home provides a secure place for yourself and you family. You build equity while also having the ability to customize your own space. Homeownership has many benefits, but it does come with some drawbacks too — namely maintenance and repair. If you are lucky enough, you may be able to schedule home repairs on demand and get any items damaged during the winter fixed quickly.
While home repairs are a necessary part of ownership, you can prevent many of these seasonal mishaps with proper seasonal care and inspections. Here are some tasks that you must-do during the summer months to keep your home in great shape.
Clean your home exterior
This is a simple idea but can end up being a lot of work. Summer is typically the time of year when the weather warms up and dries out, offering a great time to scrub off all that mud and debris that accumulated during the colder months. Try power washing your home including your siding, windows, patio, and roofs. Wash your windows and clean your gutters. Not only will your home look and smell nicer, a clean surface allows you the best opportunity to inspect and maintain your home exterior.
Inspect your clean surfaces
Now that your surfaces are free of debris, check for damage. Look for loose or flapping roof tiles or loose siding. Chipped paint can let in moisture the next time it rains. Inspect your patio for cracked or faded wood finishes that might need resealing. Replace window screens that have holes. Make sure you also check inside, reviewing your walls, ceiling, and crawlspace for any water damage.
Re-Do your exterior
Dry, warm weather provides the perfect setting for repainting and resealing the exterior of your house. Use caulking, silicon, or spray foam to seal tiny areas that might allow water. Give your patio and railings a new coat of polyurethane or tinted stain. Repaint the window to freshen up your exterior. Summer offers the perfect time to conduct home maintenance that will keep your house looking good for years to come.
Some lucky homeowners may also have specialty items in their home exterior. The beginning of summer is the time to repair and maintain your pool, and the end of summer requires special maintenance to keep your pool clean and functioning during harsh winter weather. The same idea works for hot tubs — maintenance is key. Change your filters and check your pH. Make sure any heaters or jets are in working order and unclogged, and or course that your water is not leaking from any areas of your pool or tub.
You’ll also want to check your garage or shed. Clean and inspect this area the same way you did with the house, checking for loose tiles or boards, washing and resealing as needed. An important area to check for garages also includes those larger garage doors. Make sure your door is lubricated and the tracks are free of debris so that it moves smoothly. Check smaller door hinges and make sure they move smoothly within the frame without large gaps or drafts.
Miscellaneous summer repairs
Don’t forget additional small repairs. Some of these items are easy to overlook, but the change in seasons is a great time to double check batteries in your alarms and detectors. Bring out gas grills and firepits and check your hose connections for safety. Depending on your air conditioning system, you may need to replace your filter at the beginning of summer or in the fall. Now is also the time to check your garden and landscape. Make sure your paving stones are still easy to walk on and level. Check solar garden lighting, most require a replacement battery. Inspect your hose for kinks and tears, as this damage likely won’t make it through winter.
Homeownership comes with many rewards, but also home repairs on demand. Many of the home maintenance needed in summer doesn’t require a professional, but if you’re short on time there are many options out there to help you get the job done. Hire a lot of help of a little. Start cleaning and checking all of your home’s exterior that is hard to access during the cold and wet. If you identify a problem consider a professional handyman service, or even a contractor for larger jobs.
Home repairs and maintenance are too important to procrastinate. Take advantage of the mild seasonal weather to clean, inspect, and provide preventative care to keep your home in great shape.