With warmer weather here, it’s good to prepare your property for the season. Take some time to tackle the tasks on this summertime home maintenance checklist. You’ll be taking care of your property and making your home more enjoyable.

Summertime Home Maintenance: Clean Gutters

Summer will bring thunderstorms and you’ll want to have clean gutters to move the rainwater away from your home. Use a ladder to inspect the gutters and remove any leaves, twigs, and other debris. Use the garden hose to rinse the channels and make sure that water flows freely through the downspouts.

Repel Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes will certainly put a damper on an evening cookout. To help repel mosquitoes, remove any standing water around your property. Cleaning your gutters is a great start. Also look around your yard for planters, tools, buckets, or furniture that could collect water. Fill any low spots in the yard and reseed those areas. For gatherings, burn citronella candles outdoors and use tiki torches to illuminate the area and help repel mosquitoes.

Change HVAC Filters

The weather is warmer and you’ll probably be using the air conditioning to maintain a comfortable temperature indoors. Before turning it on for the season, check the filter in the system. Most filters should be changed every 30 to 90 days. A new filter will trap dust, dirt, and pollen and your family will enjoy better indoor air quality with less humidity.

Pressure Wash Around the Property

When the weather is nice, take the opportunity to clean up the outside of your home. Use a pressure washer to clean the siding and the exterior will look fresh and new. While you have the machine out, clean your backyard deck to remove mold and mildew. The pressure washer is also perfect for cleaning the driveway, sidewalks, and patios.

Add Hose Inspections to Your Summertime Home Maintenance Checklist

You may notice you have a problem when you first unroll the garden hose to water the tomatoes. The hose has a leak and you’ll need a replacement. Hoses are common throughout your home and summer is the perfect time to do an inspection in your household.

Spend part of your afternoon examining the hoses for your appliances. The clothes washer, dishwasher, toilets, fridge, dehumidifier, and ice maker all have hoses. Look for signs of deterioration: cracks, dry rot, and leaks mean it’s time to replace the hose.

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