The summer is well underway and the temperatures are as hot as they can be, allowing people to enjoy the outdoor weather with their friends and family. But while you're having fun in the sun, it's still important to keep tabs on your home's condition and tackle specific tasks that will keep it in tip top shape for the long haul.
Here are some very important things that every home requires that should be a part of your summer maintenance schedule.
Clean Your Window Screens
It's amazing how quickly window screens can become filthy, especially after enduring the elements all year long. In order for your window screens to do what they're designed to do properly, they need to be thoroughly cleaned. While often just a quick spray with the hose will suffice, sometimes you'll need to take the screens out completely to really get them clean.
If the latter is the case, soak your screens in warm soapy water for a few minutes until all the caked-on dirt and debris loosens. If it's quite stubborn, take a soft-bristle brush to get all the gunk out, then rinse them with a hose and allow them to thoroughly dry before you reinstall them in their window frames.
Wash Your Windows
The actual glass of your windows should also be cleaned. After a long winter of plenty of precipitation and blowing winds, your windows can easily become the victim of built-up dirt that will require a lot more than just the odd rainfall to completely wash. You may be able to tackle this job with a power washer yourself.
Or else, a ladder, a bucket of soapy water and a squeegee can also work. Of course, there is always the option to hire a professional window washing company to do the job for you, especially if many of your home's windows are very high up or are difficult to access.
Check the Gutters
Your gutters should ideally be inspected more than just once a year, as they will certainly become filled with fallen leaves throughout the autumn season and will need to be cleaned out once the last leaf falls. But the summer is also a great time to check on the gutters to see if there is any debris that may be building up that could clog them up.
Checking your gutters will also give you a chance to see if there is any damage to them that require attention. If your gutters are not functioning properly due to damage, it could result in water issues inside your home. While you're at it, scope out your downspouts as well to make sure that they are taking water far enough away from your home's exterior.
Scope Out Your Outdoor Deck
One of the best things about summer is spending time outside, and if you've got a deck, enjoying what Mother Nature has to offer is much easier. Before you continue to enjoy the outdoors this summer, make sure to take some time to check out your deck to make sure there aren't any issues that would need attention. If there are, you'd be better off rectifying them now.
If you have a deck that requires some level of maintenance - like a wood deck - it's best that you inspect it and identify whether or not it needs to be sanded, stained, or painted. Wood decks typically require this type of work every few years. If you don't, the lifespan of your deck could realistically be shortened. If the deck is concrete or stone, check for any chipping or missing stones.
Tend to Your Gardens
If there was no time for you to get to your gardens in the spring to get them ready for the summer, now's the time to do it. Summer is a great time to focus on your landscaping to help boost the appearance of your home's exterior.
One easy summer home maintenance job you might want to do is use some mulch in your gardens. Mulch is wonderful for locking in moisture in the soil beneath, which helps keep the plants thriving throughout the sizzling summer months.
Don't forget to tend to your flower beds, trim the bushes, and remove any dead branches from your trees. Not only will this improve the look of your garden, it will keep it healthy as well.
The Bottom Line
Your home is a big investment, and as such, it should be taken care of accordingly. Just a little bit of maintenance work can go a long way to keep your home in pristine condition and reduce the need to make any major repairs that are a lot more in-depth and expensive to tackle.