The warm weather is finally here and it’s time to enjoy the activities you’ve been dreaming about all winter long! In between the backyard barbecues and beach trips, be sure to carve out some time to care for your home. Here are seven essential summer home maintenance tasks every homeowner should complete this season.
1. Inspect and clean your gutters.
Gutters play a vital role in directing rainwater away from your home and protecting your foundation, walls, and landscaping from water damage. Given the occurrence of summer storms and heavy showers, it is imperative to regularly inspect and clean your gutters. Remove any debris, leaves, or twigs that may have accumulated during spring, ensuring unobstructed water flow through the downspouts.
2. Check and maintain your deck or patio.
Decks and patios are popular gathering spots during the summer months. Take the time to inspect these outdoor living spaces for signs of wear and tear, loose boards, or cracks. Perform a thorough cleaning of your deck and apply a fresh coat of sealant if necessary. Even low-maintenance decking materials still require attention. While painting or sealing might not be necessary, they should be power washed. Additionally, power wash and reseal your patio to maintain its vibrancy and shield it from the elements.
3. Service your air conditioning system.
A properly functioning air conditioning system is crucial for maintaining a comfortable indoor environment on scorching summer days. Schedule a professional HVAC inspection to ensure that your air conditioning unit is operating efficiently. Regularly clean or replace the air filters and remove any debris around the outdoor unit. These steps will optimize your system's performance and help reduce energy costs.
4. Inspect your roof.
Carefully examine your roof for loose or missing shingles, cracked flashing, or damaged vents. Addressing these issues promptly can prevent leaks and water damage during summer storms. We recommend hiring a professional roofing contractor to conduct a thorough inspection and perform any necessary repairs.
5. Maintain your lawn and gardens.
A lush and healthy lawn enhances your home’s beauty. Regularly mow your grass, trim your hedges, and remove any weeds. Water your lawn and garden efficiently; mulch garden beds to retain moisture and suppress weed growth. Additionally, inspect irrigation systems for leaks or malfunctioning sprinklers.
6. Check and service your outdoor lighting.
Outdoor lighting not only enhances the ambiance but also provides safety and security during summer nights. Inspect and clean all outdoor light fixtures, replacing any burnt-out bulbs. Consider upgrading to energy-efficient LED bulbs. Ensure that walkways, stairs, and entrances are well-lit to prevent accidents and deter potential intruders.
7. Schedule a Home Maintenance Assessment.
Your home is a significant investment, and maintaining it can be quite demanding. If you lack the time to follow our checklist, our team of home maintenance and repair experts can take care of it for you. Contact us today to schedule a Home Maintenance Assessment. Similar to a home inspection, this assessment will help identify and prioritize any necessary maintenance or repairs.
Home Maintenance and Repair Services in NH’s White Mountains, Lakes Region, and Western ME
Regular inspections, cleaning, and minor repairs will prevent more substantial issues in the future. If you require home maintenance or repair services, don't hesitate to contact Cormack Construction’s experienced professionals. We’re your local home building, remodeling, and maintenance experts.
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