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Essential Home Maintenance Tips For Summer 2023

Exterior Maintenance
  • Inspect Your Roof: Winter weather can be harsh on your roof. Check for loose or missing shingles, signs of leakage, and any other damage.

  • Clean Gutters And Downspouts: Clear out any debris built up over the past season. Ensure the water flow is unobstructed to prevent any damage from summer storms.

  • Check Outdoor Faucets And Sprinklers: Ensure they are working correctly and not leaking. A leak can lead to significant water waste and higher utility bills.

  • Inspect And clean The Deck/Patio: Check for any signs of damage or wear. Re-stain or seal as necessary to protect it from the elements.

  • Pressure Wash: Clean the siding of your house, driveway, and walkways to remove any dirt buildup.

  • Paint And Repair Siding And Trim: Fresh paint enhances your home's appearance and protects against the elements.

  • Service Your Pool: If you have a pool, clean it, check its PH levels, and ensure that all the equipment is in good working order.

Interior Maintenance
  • Test Smoke And Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Ensure they work correctly and replace batteries if needed.

  • Inspect And Clean Your Air Conditioning System: Check and replace filters if necessary. Contact a licensed and insured contractor to service the unit.

  • Ceiling Fans: Clean your fans and switch them to run counterclockwise for optimal cooling during the summer months.

  • Seal Windows And Doors: Check for drafts and seal any gaps with caulking or weatherstripping. This will help keep your home cooler and reduce energy costs.

  • Deep Clean Your Home: It is an excellent time for a thorough cleaning. Pay extra attention to windows, blinds, carpets, and hard-to-reach areas.

Landscaping And Outdoor Living
  • Prune And Mulch: Trim overgrown trees and shrubs, especially those near your home, to prevent damage during storms. Spread mulch around flower beds and trees to maintain soil moisture.

  • Mow Lawn Regularly: A well-maintained lawn can improve the overall appearance of your home. Adjust your mower's height to leave the grass longer in the summer to protect roots from the hot sun.

  • Water Your Plants: Pay attention to watering needs as the weather heats up.

  • Inspect And Update Outdoor Lighting: Good lighting ensures safe navigation and enhances the beauty of your outdoor space.

  • Prep Your Grill: Clean your grill and check it for any needed maintenance before the season of BBQs and outdoor parties begins.

  • Set Up Outdoor Living Areas: Clean outdoor furniture and set up umbrellas or awnings to provide shade.

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