Summer is finally rocking up in style, and it’s the time for grilling and gardening to happen in abundance. Most people love the longer evenings and the time spent outdoors, but not everyone loves the house prep that has to happen as the summer draws in. After a long winter and spring, giving your house a much-needed look over and some TLC is so refreshing. So, it’s time to open the windows up and get the patio set out of the garage ready for some outdoor use. It’s also time to complete some maintenance to your home to ensure that the summer can be truly enjoyed. Let’s take a look at some of the essential jobs that you need to complete around the house before the summer sunshine truly starts warming up the place.
Water Damage Prevention
If you’re living in a place where there are torrential rain and thunderstorms forecasted practically every single week, you need to consider protecting the house from water damage. This starts with the foundation of the house from the basement up. Check the basement for leaks and cracks, and make sure that the drains near your house foundations are cleared and not blocked up. If you have dirt leading toward your house, you need to worry about water running to the house, too. Getting in the roofers to check the gutters is also essential for drainage; you don’t want to have a blockage to deal with that leads to a roof leak, too. Windows and doors should be scrutinized for cracks and leaks, and you should consider the caulk around the edge and ensure that it’s tight enough to keep the water out.
Check The HVAC
The HVAC system in your house needs as much a checkup as the rest of the house does. The air filters need to be updated, and the debris from the unit outside also needs to be cleared. If you haven’t cleared the outdoor unit before, get in the professionals to help you with that, too. The HVAC provides you with the clean air conditioning you need to be able to feel comfortable inside your house when the sun is out and beating down on you. It’s served you well through the winter months as your heating system, so you need it to work for you through the summer so that you can be comfortable!
Touch Up The Paintwork
Paint on a house is never just to make it look nice – although it does have its benefits. House paint can also protect the house from the natural elements outside. When the paint is peeling, it doesn’t just look ugly; it prevents your home from being exposed to the possibility of rot or mold. It’s so much easier to keep up with these issues when you keep touching up the paint throughout the year. This way, you don’t have to spend thousands in repairs trying to get the house done all in one go. The paintwork can, of course, help your house to look beautiful. The right color elements in your house paint will give your home the refreshed look that you need to brighten the entire summer.
Trim The Trees!
A tree surgeon can be an excellent investment for you when you have trees and bushes on your property that need to be cut back. The shrubbery and greenery in your gardens need to be safe and not a danger for your family or anyone else, so cut back the shrubs or trees that touch your house. Time makes these rub against the paintwork and the house pipework, which can cause a lot of damage that can be costly.
Fix The Deck
Enjoying the outdoors is rather the point of summertime, and when the sun is shining the one place you want to be is out on the deck enjoying the view. Protecting the wood on your deck is going to be the best thing that you can do. Seal the deck with an excellent wood stain, sealant or even paint to ensure that it lasts for some time. Use a power washer to remove all the built-up grit and grime from the winter months, and do this before you apply any sealant to the deck. Otherwise, the sealant won’t adhere to the wood, and you’ll be left with a deck that’s exposed, and it won’t be protected against the elements. Neglecting your deck will mean that you won’t have the space that lasts you in the way that you think.
No More Pests
How much of your attic are you acquainted with? Bugs and other rodents are always moving in when the weather is cold. Preventing them from getting into your house is essential if you want to make sure you don’t end up with wood that’s been eaten away, or insulation that has been turned into a nest. Checking the caulk can help you to keep the smaller bugs out, with the interior of your house being sprayed to leave out the bugs as much as possible.
Summer is supposed to be a season of fun, and the last thing that you should have to do is keep on top of a bunch of maintenance jobs that will take you away from the sunshine and into the heat of working the house instead. Staying on top of the summer jobs listed above is so important if you want to have the summer of fun that you have been daydreaming about. A few weeks of maintenance as the spring ends and summer begins can make a big difference to how much money you save on your home, and it can save you a summer of a house in disrepair.
Make your home the best possible place to be this summer season, and you’re going to be putting your feet up and soaking up the rays!