Summer is in full swing, and it can be an exciting season for most – often the perfect time to travel, kick back and relax, and see family and friends.
If you’re a homeowner, one way to ensure a fun summer is to be proactive when it comes to your home’s maintenance and routine repairs.
Property maintenance is an important but at times neglected part of homeownership. Summer fun can make it easier for time to slip by before handling the needed seasonal maintenance, but we’re here to help.
It's our mission to make life smarter, safer, and easier, so we’ve compiled a home maintenance checklist to help you get organized this summer.
Summertime Home Safety & Security Maintenance
First things first, home safety is an often overlooked aspect of routine home maintenance in the summer. Keep your household safe and sound year-round by checking, testing, and restocking everything related to your home’s security and emergency preparedness.
Check everything inside.
This includes smoke alarms, CO detectors, fire extinguishers, outlets, and anything else safety-related inside your home.
Check everything outside.
This includes outdoor security system components such as security cameras, door locks, and outdoor lighting. If anything isn’t working - inside or out - replace it yourself or call an expert.
Make sure you’re ready for an emergency.
Is your family prepared in case of an emergency? The summer is a great time to freshen up your emergency preparedness plan by:
- Reviewing your agreed-upon family meeting place in an emergency.
- Updating your emergency contacts.
- Checking and restocking your disaster supply kit.
- Making plans for any sort of natural disaster that may be likely to hit your area, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, and earthquakes.
Being prepared will help you, your household, and your home stay safe should the worst happen.
Indoor Summer Home Maintenance Tips
When the dog days of summer hit, enjoy the cool indoors as you work your way down these summer home maintenance projects.
Check your plumbing.
Look for signs of leaks under sinks or on ceilings below bathrooms, and unclog any pipes that have been slow to drain.
Deep clean your kitchen.
Inspect and clean your garbage disposal, clean your dishwasher filter, and replace your icemaker filter.
Ensure that your kitchen appliances are functioning properly. If there are any issues, schedule the necessary home repair services.
If you’re a coffee drinker, this is also a great time to descale your coffee machine.
Schedule quarterly pest service.
If the warmer weather or summer storms have sent bugs and critters indoors, now is the perfect time to schedule your quarterly pest service or any more intense treatments you may need.
If you don’t have a routine pest service contract, reach out to your local pest control experts to see if you should add this to your seasonal maintenance.
Take care of other minor indoor tasks.
While you’re handling home repairs inside, set aside time to do other things like:
- Changing air filters.
- Cleaning out the dryer vent.
- Replacing any burnt-out lightbulbs.
Outdoor Home Maintenance for the Summer
During the summer months, there are important exterior home repairs and maintenance tasks to check off your to-do list. Be sure to stay hydrated, wear sunscreen, and work in the early morning hours to avoid the summer heat!
Staying on top of exterior property maintenance will make living in your home more enjoyable year-round and keep property value up.
Inspect and clean your home’s exterior.
To begin, assess your home’s exterior for any needed repairs. If you find something you can’t manage yourself, schedule time for a repair service.
Next, focus on exterior cleaning. Remove leaves and debris from any gutters or downspouts, clean cobwebs, dirt, and pollen from windows and door screens, have your chimney cleaned and inspected (especially if you used it for heat during the winter!), and pressure wash your fence and deck.
If spring showers caused mildew growth on your home’s exterior, remove that with a pressure washer as well. Once your home is clean, touch up chipping paint or stain anything that needs a refresh.
You can also take this time to clean and organize your garage!
Get any major systems inspected and serviced.
HVAC maintenance is critical to your system’s lifespan. Schedule inspections for this and any other major systems, such as a sump pump or septic tank, that may need annual or summer maintenance.
Take care of any summer gardening and lawn maintenance.
If spring’s blossoms and rapid growth have your yard looking a bit out of control, summer is the time to prune the growth.
Trim your landscaping so that it is both beautiful and not blocking anything important like windows, walkways, or, if you have them, security cameras.
Below are some other outdoor lawn-related maintenance tips:
- Pull weeds and freshen flower beds with new mulch or pine needles.
- Get your soil tested so you’re ready to seed or treat your lawn in the fall.
- Have your trees inspected by a certified arborist ahead of any summer storms that may put you at risk for tree failure.
- Check your irrigation system for any costly leaks.
Finish Your Repairs & Relax
Once you check these tasks of your summer home maintenance checklist, you’ll be able to enjoy all the fun this season has in store! For tips like these, and more, visit our blog today.