Your home is one of the most significant investments you’ll ever make, so it’s important to keep it in the best shape possible, and summer is a critical time of year to do maintenance on the interior and exterior of your home. As plants are blooming, rain is falling and pests are reproducing, you’ll need to take precautions to keep your home defended against them. So what are some of the essentials?
Spring and summer are the best seasons to check your roof and gutters for issues. The storms of winter and early spring can cause damage: things like hail, wind, debris and snow all take a toll on your roof and gutters. Your gutters should be cleaned at least twice a year – more often than that if there are trees near them that clog them frequently – and your roof should be inspected for loose shingles whenever you check your gutters.
As well as the roof of your house, you should inspect the rest of your house’s exterior carefully. Cracking or peeling siding, improper sealing of holes and cracks, and shrinking windows or sealants can all allow pests or water to get into your house, in addition to causing heat loss or infiltration. Water and pests can cause significant damage if left unchecked, so it’s better to find what problems you can ahead of time and prevent them. Check for issues on the inside of your home, too, and do preventative maintenance in accordance with what you find. Patch any leaky pipes that you find indoors that may have become damaged during winter, and think about laying mulch or gravel in your garden beds to save time on weeding later.
Wash It Down
Summer is the time to wash down the dust and dirt of the previous year from most areas of your house. Pressure washing the exterior of your home once you’ve repaired any holes or cracks and allowed them to dry is a great way to bring bricks and siding back to their former glory. Your deck could use a wash every year, too, if you have one, as can windows, awnings, and exposed concrete. Just be sure to do this on a hot day that will allow your surfaces to thoroughly dry.
Keeping on top of essential maintenance jobs will ensure your property stays in top condition for as long as possible, and will allow you to enjoy all it has to offer you throughout the summer.