The summer is a great time to tackle the maintenance on the exterior of your home. The warm weather and long hours of daylight make these tasks easy to do after work or on the weekends. By keeping up with a regular maintenance schedule, you can ensure that your home stays in good repair and that you spot any potential problems before they get too big (or expensive!). To help you keep on target, here is a quick to do list of four summer maintenance items for the exterior of your home.
- Check for insects. The warm weather will draw out all sorts of creepy crawlers, including ants, moths and spiders. If you use an exterminator, schedule your regular visit to spray your home. Otherwise protect your home by using an ant poison or spray around the edges of your home and the doors. Check for cobwebs in the corners of your roof or patio and remove any you find with the swipe of a broom.
- Clean your deck or patio. Before you bring your friends and family out for a backyard BBQ, make sure that you give your deck or patio a good, thorough power washing. Restaining your deck will also make it come alive. During the cleaning process, check for loose boards, large cracks, or unsafe railings or posts. Make sure you get them repaired as soon as possible.
- Inspect your roof. The winter and spring elements (including the wind and rain) can cause all sorts of havoc with your roof. Prepare for the upcoming fall and winter by having your roof inspected while the weather is warm and by taking care of any necessary repairs.
- Check your laundry exhaust. The laundry exhaust should release air that smells like fresh laundry. While the dryer is running, check your exhaust to make sure that the air is being released. If there is little or no air, that is usually the sign of a blockage in the vent.
By doing these four maintenance checks every summer, you can make sure that the exterior of your home not only looks good but stays in good repair, keeping your family and your possessions safe and sound.