Buying a home marks a big investment. What do we do after the papers are signed and the locks are changed, though? Well, a little work can go a long way. Not to mention, it can prevent you from spending big on home repairs. Or, it can help you get your place ready for the market. Whether you want to sell—or you simply want to keep your place in tip-top shape—we’ve got some ideas! Add these summer home maintenance tips for homeowners to the to-do list.
Create a cleaning schedule.
Adult life gets overwhelming! One way to make it easier? Planning! Choose the chores you need to get done, and put them on a cleaning schedule. That way, you can get everything done in manageable chunks. Plus, if you have multiple people in your household, you can assign chores evenly. We also suggest scheduling a fun little reward at the end, like a movie night or ordering some pizza!
Wash the windows.
After spring pollen, those windows may look a little grimy. Wash them—from both sides—for a fresh outlook on a new season.
Clean your garage.
See those cobwebs? That’s your garage saying “clean me!” Take everything out, trash or donate what you need to, and reorganize. You may end up with more you room than you started with too!
Get ready for grilling.
Who’s excited to fire up the grill? You can prepare for summer burgers and hotdogs by thoroughly cleaning the grill and its cover.
Power wash aplenty.
The patio. The sidewalk. The outdoor furniture. Each of them can benefit from a good power washing or pressure washing session. Remember—stay safe and dress properly. You can also hire someone to power/pressure wash for you.
Inspect those detectors.
You should do this every season! Inspect your carbon monoxide detectors, as well as your smoke detectors. This step can truly save lives!
Don’t forget to dust the fans.
Another one of our summer home maintenance tips for homeowners: dust your ceiling fans! You’ll need them more than ever this season. And you certainly don’t want them spreading those particles and dander all around. So, turn them off and get to work.
Consider a fresh coat of paint.
During the summer, we have more daytime than ever! And if you notice your home in a less-than-flattering light, it may be time for a fresh coat of paint. Interior, exterior, or both—it may also be the season for makeovers!
Attend to your lawn.
Yes, you should mow your lawn. But that’s not all! You should also weed it too—and finish each cut with an edger. Get those trimmers too and clip your shrubbery into shape. Additionally, you should consider adding mulch to your gardening beds. Remember: if your neighborhood is a part of an HOA, it may require specific grass lengths or mowing practices. So, check the manual!
Take pest preventative measures.
As you work, check for standing water and cracks in your home’s foundation. The first draws in mosquitoes. The second can usher in termites, rats, and just plain damage.
Schedule a chimney cleaning.
The reason this is a summer chore? The savings! Asking for a service in the off-season also means professionals have more time to devote to you too. So, if you have a chimney, think smart and schedule a cleaning this season.
Replace your air conditioning filter.
You want to breathe fresh, healthy air. Keep your household safe by replacing your air conditioner filter this summer.
There’s really no better feeling than coming home to a clean house! Give yourself the perfect spot to relax in this season with these summer home maintenance tips for homeowners. After all, you deserve some time to unwind!
Still searching for your home sweet home? The experienced Realtors at Prestige Properties can help you find it. Contact us today! And if you ever need any more home ownership tips, check out our blog!