With the first day of summer close ahead, you may miss your chance to take care of spring cleaning. However, there’s no need to worry. With our summer maintenance hacks, you’ll be able to easily refresh your home and get it ready for all the summer festivities that it will host.
Make a Great First Impression
The exterior is the first part of your house that people see. Thus, it is important to maintain its appearance. Take time to remove the leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts. This is a simple task, but make sure you take safety precautions and use a reliable ladder when reaching your roof or hire a professional. Ensure that you clear any dead plants from your house – inside and out. Finally, clean your outdoor lighting and have an electrician inspect it to make sure it is all in order. Clean and bright bulbs will make your home much more warm and inviting.
Keep Things Tidy
Once you have your exterior at its prime, take the necessary steps to protect it and keep it looking its best. Look over the outside of the house for any loose siding and re-nail it back into place. Boards can suffer from rotting and other types of deterioration, so trim any damage off. Keep your garage in mind as well. Oil the garage door tracks to keep it running smoothly.
Put Your Home to the Test
It’s important to have an inspector review your home so that you can ensure it is in top shape. Your plumbing and alarm systems are some of the most crucial parts of your home to have inspected. Have a professional look through your plumbing and ensure that your pipes are free of cracks and protected from leaks. Also, clean out your faucets’ aerators. This will help you improve your water’s quality and pressure. Last, but certainly not least, investigate your carbon monoxide and smoke detectors. It is vital for the safety of yourself and your home to have these fully working.
Fill the Gaps
Cracks and other small signs of damage that slowly develop in your home may seem harmless at first, but they can lead to greater damage and greatly diminish your home’s demeanor. Protect your home and improve its appearance by taking the time to take care of this damage. Mend any cracks and gaps in your driveway and walkway. Scan your house for any visible signs of destructive insects (such as termites) and, if you find any, call a terminator right away. Lastly, have a roofer come out to inspect for any missing or damaged shingles and leaks.
Get Rid of Grime
Even if you often clean your home, there are many areas of the house that are often left forgotten. Frequent vacuuming will leave your carpet free of most dirt, but it also deserves periodic washes. This can be done yourself with a rented machine (many grocery stores have this available) or by a professional. It’s also easy to miss a build-up of lint. Of course you should always clean the lint in your dryer’s vent, but don’t forget to remove it from your exhaust vent. This will help protect you from a dangerous fire hazard. Lastly, remove and clean all of your window screens. Bright, smudge free windows can make a difference in your home’s appearance – inside and out.
Now you’re ready to get your home in shape this summer!