Summer is just a few weeks away and during the winter and spring seasons, your home’s interior and exterior have taken a beating. From dingy and damaged siding to dusty windows and an overworked HVAC system, there’s a lot that needs to be done. Now that the temperatures are right, it’s time to get up and restore your home. (And if you’re in Florida, like we are, that means getting it all done and squared away before a hurricane bears down upon us!) So, when it comes to tackling a long list of home maintenance projects, here are a few you don’t want to overlook:Get Your House Ready for Summer with These Home Maintenance Tips! #summer2018 #homemaintenance #tips Click To Tweet
Have Your HVAC System Serviced
With the summer comes hot and hazy days. If you have a central air conditioning system, now is the time to have it serviced. You don’t want to wait until the temperatures are high to find out that your system isn’t working properly. Checking hoses and fans, as well as cleaning vents and hoses, is crucial to ensuring your air conditioner is as efficient as possible when you need it most.
Call the Exterminator
Insects and pests tend to go into hiding when the weather is cold and unpredictable. The warm weather, however, will draw them back out. It’s not uncommon for homeowners to spot ants, spiders, mice, or cockroaches in the summer. To prevent an infestation, you’ll need to hire local pest control services. Companies like Moxie Pest Control, an exterminator Tucson residents love, offers safe methods for getting rid of and preventing the common household pest from entering your house.
Tend to the Windows
Your windows are likely in need of some TLC. They may also hold a lot of dust and pollen which are key triggers for allergy sufferers. Inspect all the windows in your home. Repair any screens that have been ripped and wash them down with a hose to get rid of any allergens or debris. Then, clean the interior and exterior of your windows. If necessary, now is a good time to touch up any window frames that need to be repainted.
Wash and Repaint the Exterior
Does the outside of your home look a little grungy? You can give the exterior of your home a makeover without spending too much money. Grab a hose or powerwasher to get rid of all the gunk that’s stuck on the side of your house. You can do the same for your fence and deck. Then, look around to see if any paint faded or chipped and needs to be redone. Touch up areas around windows and doors for a new look.
Basic Yard Work
At this point, your front and backyard are filled with lush green grass that’s ready to be cared for. After you’ve cleaned and painted the exterior of your home, you’re ready to move on to lawn maintenance. You’ll need to do basic yard work like pulling weeds and cutting the grass. You’ll also want to take this time to trim the hedges and prune trees. For tree removal or limb cutting, it is best to let a professional complete the task to avoid an accident.
Are you fortunate enough to have a pool in the backyard? If so, you’re probably looking forward to enjoying it with family and friends this summer. You’ll need to fill the pool, remove any debris, and treat the water to get it prepared. If there is structural damage to the pool, make sure you have it repaired before filling it to avoid an injury.
Sidewalk and Driveway Maintenance
The salting you did to rid your driveways and sidewalks from ice throughout the winter and the changing temperatures eventually cause concrete and asphalt to crack and break apart. Inspect your sidewalks, walkways, and driveways for any damage. Since the weather should be fairly consistent, you can schedule ahead to have them repaired. This will prevent you, your loved ones, or passersby from getting hurt while walking on your property.
It seems like you have a lot to get done if you want to get your house and family ready for summer. Many of these tasks can be completed on your own to save a few bucks. However, if you’re unsure or the task is risky, it is best to hire a professional. Once you’ve taken care of all the above, you’re ready to pull out the grill, send out the invites, and prepare for a fun-filled summer!
Do you have any plans for your home before we enter into the summer months?
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