Summer - "To-Do" Checklist - Home Maintenence
Our Memorial Day Newsletter recently featured a checklist of "To-Do" Summer Home Maintenance tips. As a homeowner - maintence is something you are regularly performing and this list is certainly no exception.
Scrub all the walls — in the bathroom, kitchen, bedrooms and living areas — with a sponge or brush and mild soap and water. This includes baseboards and outlets. Make sure to completely dry outlet covers before replacing.
Replace all filters including water, range hood and air vent filters. You should replace these filters every 3-6 months depending on the type of filter you have.
Clean Faucets and Showerheads - Unscrew the faucet aerators, sink sprayers and showerheads, and soak them in equal parts vinegar and water solution. Let them soak for an hour, then rinse with warm water.
Crawl Space Vents - A house with a crawl space has vents along the foundation walls. The vents provide air circulation that helps prevent excess moisture and mold growth, and they prevent animals/snakes from taking up residence underneath your home. The screens collect leaves and other debris from fall and winter. Clean them out and check for damage. Clean the vents by hand or use a shop vacuum. Repair any damaged screens — animals/snakes can get through even the smallest holes.
Clean Gutters - Grab a ladder, and check your gutters for debris. Remove as much as you can with your hands (Don't forget to wear gloves!). Remove any leftover gunk with a garden hose. Take off any nozzle and have a helper turn on the water when you’re ready. Shove the hose into the downspout to power out of gooseneck bends. Make sure your downspouts channel water at least five feet from foundation walls.
Wash Exterior Windows - Hire a window-cleaning service to clean all exterior windows, or do it yourself with a hose and a bottle of outdoor windex type attachment.
Clean the Grill - Your grill has most likely collected dust during off season Help your grill live a long life – give a good cleaning each year, whether you have a charcoal or gas grill.
Test Smoke Alarms - Test smoke alarms and CO detectors, and change out batteries as needed. It's cheap, only takes a few minutes and can save your family's lives.
Clean Outdoor Patio Furniture – after the initial pollen bloom has passed is a great time for this.
Clean Your Screens - Ventilating the stale air from your home is often one of the first inclinations on a warm/hot day. But first, take a moment to clean the screens. You’ll have the best results if you can remove the screen from your window all together (clean when you're cleaning windows); use a hand vacuum to lift loose spider webs and dust from the screen, and if that isn’t enough, use a garden hose to wash it down and allow the screens to air dry in the sun before reinstalling. to scrub down and hose off that patio furniture of yours.
Wash Siding - Giving your siding a good rinse is the first step at achieving curb appeal. Dust and dirt/algae accumulate easily on siding, and usually more heavily on the side of your home that faces the road due to traffic distributing dust. Single-story homes can easily be cleaned by hand, or with the help of a pressure washer. Use a ladder, several rags, and a bucket of warm water to maintain your siding, and use it as an opportunity to make sure that the exterior including soffits, window seals and gutters are in good shape too. For 2+ story homes, use an extendable wand to wipe siding on upper stories.
Maintain Your AC Unit - Always... maintain your air conditioning system. Bring in local pros for a quick check-up or review the following DIY tips and be confident that it’ll be operating efficiently and without error once you need it to cool the entire house. Remove plants that may be preventing the AC unit from breathing. Make sure that the fins on the unit are not bent, so they can continue to provide good airflow. Check that the unit is level and check for damage on circuit boards, wiring and compressor tubing.
Re-seal Your Driveway - A sealed driveway not only boosts curb appeal, but helps to preserve the integrity of the driveway so that it can last longer. Take advantage of this time of year and spend a day repairing and resealing your driveway.
Maintain Your Outdoor Tools - Sharpen pruning shears, sharpen your chainsaw, sharpen your mower blade (sharpen all of the things!). Also, fill up your gas can for the lawnmower, create any oil/gas mixes that your small tools require, and refill the spool on your string trimmer too.