Home Maintenance Checklist | Summer Edition
While summer is definitely the time for fun in the sun, there are some home maintenance tasks to tackle!
- Wash and/or paint the exterior of your home. While this can be a tedious task, it will give your exterior appearance that extra boost it needs.
- Wash exterior windows. A bucket of hot soapy water will deliver the best results, especially if this is something that doesn’t get done often.
- Clean or replace window screens. Gently wash them with hot soapy water, or replace them if they are damaged.
- Clean your porch. Thoroughly sweep painted porch floors, then mop them with an all-purpose cleaner. If there’s a lot of built-up dirt on the floorboards, you may need to give them a good scrub.
- Examine your deck. Look over your deck for signs of rotting and hammer in any nails that are poking up. Next, determine if your deck needs sealing. Sprinkle water on the deck’s boards. If the water beads up, you don’t need to worry, however if it soaks right in, you’ll need to reseal it.
- Clean your air conditioner filter and fan. The filter should be cleaned out every two weeks, particularly if you need to keep it running a lot. The filter can be cleaned out with warm water or a vacuum cleaner. Some newer models have a self-cleaning function. The fan will also need to be removed and cleaned to keep your air conditioner running efficiently.
- Clean and inspect the driveway, patio, and walkways. For best results, use a pressure washer. Before using the pressure washer, check these areas for cracks and weeds.
- Check your hoses and exterior faucets for leaks. Even a tiny drip can add up to a big waste of water. Tiny leaks in hoses can be covered up by winding regular electrical tape around the hose when it’s dry. Make sure to overlap the layers to create a strong seal.
- Groom your garden plants. Deadhead both perennials and annuals to keep them growing efficiently and looking their best.
- Plan your watering schedule. Train your garden to endure dry days by watering deeply a couple times a week, rather than watering lightly daily. This approach to watering will encourage the growth of deep, tough roots.
- Check detectors. Check your home’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they’re working properly
- Check your furnace filter. Replace or wash your filter as needed.
- Maintain your washing machine. Inspect the seal between the door opening and the drum. There may be soil buildup or stains. To clean this, use a mixture of ¾ cup bleach and a gallon of warm water. Wipe the area with the solution and let it sit for about 5 minutes, then wipe dry.
- Wipe down and clean baseboards. This is something you’ll want to do at least once a year to prevent dust and dirt buildup. A damp cloth works best.
- Clean your dishwasher. This should be done a few times a year to keep it running efficiently. The simplest solution is to run your dishwasher on low energy while it’s empty with 2 cups of vinegar.
- Inspect your attic and basement. You’ll want to check for any indication of pests or insects, water leakage, mold or mildew. In your attic you should also check for any signs of peeking daylight when all the lights are out.