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Summer Home Maintenance

Posted by Kim Burton on July 23, 2015
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From The Locations North Blog

Thankfully this time of year there are no snow banks filling the lawn or ice built up on the windows, so you’re able to get a good look at your house and property.
These indoor and outdoor summer home maintenance tips will give you some key areas to focus your attention on and get your property in top condition and help you to maintain the value in your property and home.

OUTDOOR MAINTENANCE

Roof

Inspecting the condition of your roof is an important step of your summer home maintenance routine. As an important part of your home, regular inspection of your roof can help reduce surprise problems.

When inspecting, check for any missing shingles leaving gaps in the surface, and replace any shingles that are loose or damaged. Look for pieces that have started to curl on the edges or lose their asphalt. Replacing shingles as small problems come up will help maintain the roof without having to replace the whole thing.

Siding

If your home has siding, keep it clean by power washing the exterior. While you’re cleaning, check if any pieces of the siding need to be replaced. It’s always a good idea to keep extra pieces of your home’s siding just in case.

Winter can be rough, so if you have vinyl siding versus wood siding, check to see if there are any damaged pieces. Before you start cleaning, always check the best cleaning processes for the type of siding you have.

Paint

Chipped paint on the exterior of your home, including window trim, can cause aesthetic and structural damage to your home. The cosmetic appeal of a home can have a drastic impact on the value people see in it.

Chipped paint exposes wood to the elements and can lead to rotting and the risk of structural damage. Examine window trim and painted areas of the exterior of your home for cracks or chips in the paint.

Scrape the paint off of chipped areas, sand and repaint where needed. You may also have to reprime depending on the paint you’re using.

Driveway and Walkways

Like paint, the winter weather can cause cracking in your driveway. Check the surface for any areas that could use filling. The maintenance of your driveway and walkways will depend on the surface type—brick, asphalt, concrete, etc.

Pull out any weeds or plants that have sprouted up and then use a power washer to clean the surface.

Lawn Equipment—Lawn Mower & Hose

You may only inspect your home once a year, but you’re going to be keeping up with the lawn maintenance on a weekly basis, so make sure your lawn equipment is in good condition.

Routine maintenance on your lawn mower will increase its lifespan. Change the oil, and take a look at the air filter to see if it needs to be changed as well. Keep the blades nice and sharp for the cleanest cut!

Take a look at your garden hoses to make sure there are no kinks or cracks. Have a good hook to coil your hose up after every use to avoid any damage or getting it dangled in your lawn mower.

INDOOR MAINTENANCE

Windows and Screens

Summer is a great time to wash the outside of your windows, but it’s only worth it if you clean the inside of them as well. This includes your screens. You can clean window screens by taking them off the window and scrubbing them with some water and soap. This will get rid of all the dust and dirt build-up.

Air Conditioning Unit

If it’s a hot summer, your air conditioning is going to be blasted for weeks. Maintaining the unit will help eliminate the risk of your unit breaking down on you on a steamy day.

Clean out the unit’s filter on a regular basis—if you’re running the AC consistently, clean the filter every other week.

Tip: You can use your vacuum to clean the filter quickly.

More Hoses

While your garden hoses are a crucial part of your lawn and garden maintenance, there are indoor hoses that you probably wouldn’t like to live without. Anything in your home that feeds water in or out will have a hose that you should inspect—washing machine, dishwasher, toilets, refrigerators, etc.

A cracked hose outside means a wet lawn, but a cracked hose inside could lead to some serious flooding and damage.

Indoor and outdoor summer home maintenance and regular inspections will help you maintain the value of your property.

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