Yes! Summer is here in North Texas! It’s now 90 degrees plus every day! Since our unexpected winter storm hit earlier this year, there may be some things that need fixing or tending to on your home. But, also there are a few things you should do every summer; here’s a summer home maintenance checklist to be checked out right now!
Inspect your house exterior for loose or rotted siding. Power wash siding or brick. This will help get rid of any dust, dirt, tree sap, bird droppings, etc., that leave your home looking less than its best.
Repair and repaint any chipped, cracking or faded exterior paint. Besides improving your home’s curb appeal, it will also help protect it from the elements.
Wash windows inside and out. You’ll be amazed how much more light will stream in and how much clearer your view will be.
Check brick tuckpointing. Also, inspect foundation for cracks or leaks. Foundation cracks can create an entry point for groundwater, insects and radon gas. Repair as needed.
Have air conditioner checked and serviced. Regular maintenance can extend the life of your unit and may reduce the need for costly A/C repairs.
Check windows for leaks. Recaulk seals on doors and windows. This can help increase your home’s energy efficiency.
Power wash and reseal your deck. This will help prevent any wood from splitting, graying or cracking.
Clean out gutters and downspouts. Summer storms and high winds can deposit debris in your gutters. Even though this is generally considered a job for spring and fall, summer is also recommended.
Clean out the faucet traps (the small screen on the end of your faucet) to eliminate clogging mineral deposits and other debris. Simply unscrew the end of the faucet with a pair of pliers, remove the trap, flush out the debris and replace.
Clean the dryer vent and exhaust duct. Without some maintenance, clogged lint and dust in your dryer vents could cause a house fire.
Inspect outdoor play equipment. Reinforce, tighten and re-stain, reseal or repaint as needed.
Inspect fencing. Reinforce, re-stain, reseal or repaint as needed.
Refill cracks on cement walkway or driveway. Concrete is strong, but it can be easily damaged by standing water and freezing water that seeps in through the cracks.
Clean your awnings. Awnings get moldy from the rain, and we sure have had a ton recently. There are home remedies and also companies that will use solvents to clean the awning and make them mold and mildew free.
Your summer home maintenance checklist is so important, especially here in Texas. Your home is your investment and worth the time and energy!
Beth Brake REALTOR®
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