May 26, 2016

One of the key parts of being a homeowner is doing regular home maintenance not only to make sure your home is staying in great shape, but to make sure it always looks great and maintains its curb appeal.

We recommend doing these home maintenance projects during the summer:

1) Inspect your eavestroughs and drainage

Over the fall and winter, lots of debris can build up in your eavestrough. Make sure you give these a thorough clean, removing any buildup and blockages that may have occurred from leaves and other debris. A large amount of debris can also cause damage to your eavestrough, so check for any signs of bending, breakage or areas where water may have been diverted onto the roof or siding. It’s also a good idea to take a walk around your house and make sure none of the soil is sloping towards your house. This could cause damage and flooding in your home, so build up a slope running away from your home if necessary.

2) Inspect your roof

Ice and snow has the potential to damage your roof, especially if your roof is a little older. During the summer, check your roof for signs of damage like blown off or damaged shingles. You should also check your attic for signs of water damage and make sure your roof doesn’t have any leaks – before the big summer storms arrive.

3) Clean up lawn debris

Now is a great time to really clean up your lawn in the front and the back of your home. Rake up any leaves that are still present from last fall, and tidy up any areas where mulch has spread where you don’t want it. It’s also a great time to re-mulch your garden, especially before you see any signs of weeds – mulch prevents weed growth and keeps your plants moist and temperate during the summer.

4) Inspect windows, doors and screens

Did you know that the windows and doors in your home is where air is most likely to escape? To keep your home cooler, inspect all of your windows and doors and make sure they’re properly sealed with caulking or other sealant. Take this time to also make sure any window screens and screen doors are in good shape. Replace any that have rips in them to prevent insects from coming inside when you have the windows and doors open.

5) Get your air conditioner serviced

It’s really important to get your air conditioner serviced annually. Air conditioners need to be serviced by a professional to maintain them and make sure you don’t have to replace them prematurely. If you haven’t done it already, get your air conditioner serviced as soon as possible. The last thing any of us wants is to have our air conditioning break down on the hottest day of the year!

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