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  • Laura Wehnes

Beat the Heat

Essential Tips for Keeping Your Home in Top Shape This Summer

Summer is the season for sunshine, backyard barbecues, and lazy afternoons by the pool. But as temperatures rise, so do the maintenance demands of our homes. From ensuring our air conditioning units are in top shape to sprucing up outdoor spaces for entertaining, there's no shortage of tasks to tackle to keep our homes running smoothly during the summer months. In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore essential summer home care tips to help homeowners maintain their properties and create a comfortable oasis to enjoy all season long. From inspecting and maintaining HVAC systems to planning for exciting home improvement projects, let's dive into the essential tasks that will keep your home in tip-top shape this summer.

  1. Inspect and Maintain Your HVAC System: Summer is the perfect time to service your air conditioning unit to ensure it's working efficiently. Change filters, clean vents, and consider scheduling a professional inspection for optimal performance.

  2. Check and Seal Windows and Doors: Prevent cool air from escaping and hot air from entering your home by inspecting and sealing any gaps or cracks around windows and doors. This helps improve energy efficiency and reduces utility costs.

  3. Clean Gutters and Downspouts: Clear debris from gutters and downspouts to prevent clogs and water damage during summer storms. Regular maintenance helps ensure proper drainage and protects your home's foundation.

  4. Inspect and Repair Outdoor Decking and Patios: Check for loose boards, cracks, or signs of rot on your deck or patio. Repair any damage and consider resealing or staining to protect against moisture and UV damage.

  5. Maintain Your Lawn and Garden: Keep your yard looking its best by mowing the lawn regularly, watering plants and flowers, and removing weeds. Mulching can help retain moisture and reduce the need for frequent watering.

  6. Inspect and Clean Outdoor Furniture: Give your outdoor furniture a thorough cleaning to remove dirt, dust, and pollen. Check for any signs of wear or damage, and repair or replace as needed to ensure comfort and longevity.

  7. Test and Clean Outdoor Lighting: Ensure safety and security by testing outdoor lights and replacing any burnt-out bulbs. Clean fixtures and remove debris to maintain optimal visibility and functionality.

  8. Inspect Roof and Siding: Conduct a visual inspection of your roof and siding for signs of damage or wear, such as missing shingles, cracks, or water stains. Address any issues promptly to prevent further damage.

  9. Organize and Declutter Indoor Spaces: Take advantage of warmer weather to declutter and organize indoor spaces. Donate or discard items you no longer need, and create efficient storage solutions to keep your home tidy and functional.

  10. Plan for Home Improvement Projects: Use the summer months to plan and budget for upcoming home improvement projects. Whether it's remodeling a kitchen, updating a bathroom, or adding outdoor landscaping features, careful planning can help ensure successful execution.

By tackling these summer home maintenance tasks, homeowners can keep their properties in top condition and enjoy a comfortable and functional living space throughout the season.

Click below for a printable checklist. Your home deserves the best care, and we're here to help you achieve that seamlessly.

Summer Tips 2024
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