With the change of every season comes a new set of maintenance tasks for your home. With summer right around the corner, it’s time to prepare your home and yard for the summer heat. From air conditioner upkeep to pest control, be sure to add these chores to your checklist to help keep your home happy and healthy.
Inspect air conditioners
The summer heat means it’s time to prep your air conditioner and fans for their busiest time of the year. Make sure to remove and clean all the filters and call the professionals for routine maintenance. Ceiling fans can help circulate the air in the house to ensure it stays nice and cool—but you’ll want to clean them with a damp rag before turning them on.
Polish your porch and deck
Thoroughly sweep porch and deck floors; then clean them with an all-purpose cleaner, and possibly a power washer to get the built-up dirt. Inspect your deck for signs of rotting, and hammer in any nails that may have popped up.
Stop dirt at the door
Keep summer’s mud and muck outside with two doormats at your main entry door. Place a coarse mat at the exterior to help loosen and remove dirt and a softer, cloth one on the interior to catch the remainder.
Seal foundation cracks to combat pests
Pests, such as carpenter ants and termites, can wreak costly havoc on your home. Inspecting and sealing your foundation, inside and out, can help keep these pests at bay. Make sure your basement and attic are always kept dry and ventilated, and check that there is a one-inch gap outside between soil and wood portions of the house. In the heat of the season, critters may take shelter in the cool shade of your home.
Summer is not only a time for relaxation and vacations, it also presents another opportunity to catch up on proper home maintenance. The above tips can help ensure your new home remains in excellent condition. Once finished, you can enjoy the rest of the season relaxing on your outdoor patio or in the comforts of a cool interior!
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