Summer home maintenance can be relatively simple tasks you can do to keep your home in good repair. Summer home maintenance is especially important if you plan to sell your home soon (or ever). There are many steps to home maintenance that you can do to keep your home in its best shape.
Test your home alarms.
Test your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detector (if you have one) by pushing the button on the face of the alarm. If the alarm does not sound, replace the batteries and test again. If the alarm still does not sound, it may be time to replace your detector. The U.S. Fire Administration recommends replacing your alarms every 10 years.
Summer is also an ideal time to test your security alarms. It is always a good idea to know how long it takes your monitoring company to respond to an alarm from your home. Because many families travel in the summer, be sure to check it before you go.
Take care of your HVAC system.
If you didn’t take care of it before the heat hit, be sure to clean your vents and fans. Dust your ceiling fans and vent covers in bathrooms. Remove those covers to vacuum dust out of the vent. This is a great time to replace your air filters, as well! Take care of all your air flow areas, and you should see a good decrease in dust in your home. If you did not have your HVAC system serviced prior to summer, call a trained technician to service your air conditioning system. When you sell your home, inspectors can usually identify which AC units have been properly serviced. This can also affect the warranty of your unit.
Summer home maintenance means cleaning windows.
No one loves to clean windows, but at least you can see immediate payoff! Summer home maintenance doesn’t have to take a lot of time. Maybe it is even worth it to you to hire window cleaners. Especially if you are selling your home in the summer, clean windows will increase curb appeal and let beautiful natural light in the home. This will make your home show better to potential buyers.
Inspect your home’s exterior.
When inspecting the exterior of your home, you may find you have areas that need paint touch ups or repairs. These small repairs and touch ups keep your home showing beautifully, but it also protects your home from weather and bugs. Keeping the siding in good repair can also put off repair and replacement expenses for a lot longer!
Inspecting the exterior of your home includes checking your roof. If it is safe to get on your roof, this is something you can likely handle yourself. Check the entire roof for missing shingles, holes, mold, or anything you would not expect to see up there. Repairing small problems on your roof are much easier and cheaper than replacing your roof or dealing with damage inside your home from a leaking roof.
Summer home maintenance can include many different tasks, but these will help keep your home in great shape. It will also show much better for potential buyers when you decide to sell. Home maintenance is part of owning a home, but it does not have to be complicated.