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Regular Home Maintenance Summer/Fall

7/12/2019 (Permalink)

Regular home maintenance should be done on a monthly and quarterly basis to extend the life of your home and save yourself money. Here’s a list broken down for summer and fall....


1. Open exterior crawl space vents. This allows outside air to circulate under the floor and prevent the moisture buildup that can create mildew and rot.

2. Switch direction of ceiling fan blades. Put it in the down position so the blades circulate in a counter clockwise motion to create a breeze.

3. Clean/repair your deck or patio. You may need to power wash, re-stain, or re-seal your deck. This is also the time to check for any loose boards, bricks, etc. and get them fixed.

4. Repair and paint fences. Take this time to remove stains, brace wood rails, fix leaning posts, repair buried rot, and fix any gates that need it.

5. Clean out and de-clutter the garage. Clear out and donate the clutter and establish designated spaces for tools, sports equipment, etc.


6. Clean and store summer garden tools. This is also a great time to plant flowering spring bulbs.

7. Cover and store outdoor furniture and grills. Propane tanks always stay outside for fire safety purposes.

8. Clean gutters. Clogged gutters can result in water damage, ice dams, or become a happy new home for vermin.

9. Inspect the roof for cracks or damage. And arrange to have any necessary repairs made before the first snow or heavy rain.

10. Test the snow blower. And make sure you know where your shovel is. This is also a good time to buy sidewalk sand/salt.

11. Check weather stripping on windows and doors. Proper weather stripping will keep drafts out and can save you 30 percent on energy bills.

12. Check the pavement for cracks. You’ll want to get any cracks re-sealed before the snow and ice come, as water can freeze in the cracks and do considerably more damage.

13. Winterize air conditioning systems. In the late fall, cover the outside unit of your central air with a tarp or remove and store window units.

14. Have the heating system serviced. Do this before temperatures drop.

15. Do tree and branch maintenance. Falling trees and branches can do an enormous amount of damage. Remove dead or damaged trees and limbs and consider having someone come to check out your property to make sure you’re not missing anything and your trees are all healthy.

16. Disconnect sprinklers. Do this before the first freeze. You’ll also want to shut off valves to outdoor faucets and drain and store hoses.

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