As the summer temperatures continue to heat up you may find yourself wishing for sandy beaches, cold drinks, and lots of sun. However, before you get distracted with any summer vacations, it's important that you don't neglect your home! Summer is a great time to get things tidied up and squared away to keep everything in tip top shape.
Your first summer maintenance task is washing your exterior windows. Washing the exterior windows of your home can make a huge difference to the amount of light that gets through them; really allowing you to take in all the wonderful scenery summer has to offer. The basic tools you're going to need are a ladder, a hose, a rubber bladed squeegee, and – of course – some type of window cleaning product. If you find your second storey windows are too high up you may need to consider hiring professional cleaners or investing in some professional-grade tools
Another important task to complete is cleaning and inspecting your window screens. Dirty window screens don't allow you to open up during the summer and enjoy that fresh air . . . unless you want bugs. One tip for window screens that have dust and a small amount of dirt on them is to use a vacuum with a soft brush attachment. If you find your screens are a little dirtier, you may need to use a brush (or toothbrush) to get them fully cleaned. If there are ripped window screens, don't stress out: there's a good chance that a local hardware store in your area can repair them inexpensively.
One of the toughest, and most important, summer home maintenance task is the cleaning and inspecting of your home exterior. After taking a beating during the winter, it's time for you to give your home some TLC to extend the lifespan of your home. The type of exterior your home has will determine how you need to go about cleaning and examining. If your home had vinyl or aluminum siding it's less likely that it'll require less maintenance. Go around and check for loose or damaged pieces of siding that you can remove and replace. Be sure your pressure washer spray pattern is wide enough so as not to damage your siding. If your home has a wooden or composition board exterior, you may realize that a fresh paint job is needed. Wood and composition siding are both quite durable, however, they typically need to be painted every 5 years or so. If you're located in an area that experiences severe weather, it's possible it may need to be painted every few years.
One of the greatest things about the summer is spending time outside of your home, whether it's on a deck or patio. Before you sit down and enjoy your "me time" out in the sun, it's important to check them first. Does your deck need some painting or staining? Typically wood decks need to be re-painted or re-stained every few years. If you choose not to paint or stain you can really shorten the lifespan and leave the whole area looking less than appealing. If you have a brick or concrete patio, be on the lookout for spots that need sealing or missing/ damaged bricks.
One of the greatest fears as a homeowner is putting your house at risk of allowing water inside. One of the most common reasons why a home may have a wet basement is because of the grading around the exterior of the home! Go out this summer and inspect the grading around your home to ensure the ground around the foundation is sloping away from your home. This will allow groundwater to run away from the home and not towards it. If you notice low areas around the foundation, simply adding some top soil can fix the problem.
Gutters are another important part of you summer maintenance list. They can not only get damaged over the winter and spring months, but also have a tendency to become filled with loose debris and leaves. Just as the grading around your home can create water issues, clogged or damaged gutters may potentially lead to water problems inside your home. As you clean them out, make sure your gutters aren't damaged and that they're all connected. Be sure to check your downspouts as well to make sure they're taking any water as far away from your home as possible, which can be accomplished by installing inexpensive extensions.
Although summer is a time of relaxation and fun it is important to stay on top of your home maintenance during the good weather. By following the tips here you can make sure your home remains in great condition and save yourself a lot of headaches in the long run. Be sure to follow Marina Homes on Facebook to keep up with our blogs!