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Tips on Summer Home Maintenance

For many of us, summer is a time when things become a little more relaxed and life becomes a bit more enjoyable. We might get to take a vacation with our family, and we get to spend more time with the kids because they’re home from school.

But summer can also be a great time to get some important work done around the house. Here are some reasons you might want to develop your own summer home maintenance routine.

Take Advantage of the Good Weather. When the cold, dark and snowy days of winter arrive, the last thing you want to have to do is figure out how to fit in the time to do exterior maintenance on your home. Take advantage of the longer days and warmer temperatures to do those outside maintenance tasks that you may have put off when the weather was colder.

Check Your Windows and Gutters. With the good weather, summer is the perfect time to clean and check the condition of your gutters and windows. When you don’t have to deal with ice and snow, it’s a relatively straightforward task to scoop out the leaves and debris that has accumulated in your gutters over the past year. This particular type of summer home maintenance is important for making sure that melting snow on your roof during the coming winter can safely drain away from your home.

Clean Out Your Garage and Basement. During the long winter months, we aren’t always as diligent as we should be when it comes to getting rid of some of the junk and clutter that tends to accumulate. Instead, we often just stash that clutter in the back of the garage or the corner of the basement, and tell ourselves that we’ll get rid of it once the weather turns nicer. Well, now that time has arrived. Don’t think of summer home maintenance as only referring to repairs and similar tasks – think of it as a time for upkeep all around your home.

Plan For Fall and Winter. Speaking of the colder months, what are the things you could be doing this summer to prepare your lawn and landscaping for the winter? Can you use the pleasant weather as an opportunity to re-grade any gravel or similarly landscaped areas around your home? Will you need to replace mulch around any trees as summer draws to a close? Keep in mind that any landscaping tasks that require you to dig or otherwise go into the ground will be much easier when the ground is not frozen.

Make a List. The best way to keep all of your summer home maintenance tasks organized is to make a list at the beginning of the season. Try to check off a task every week or two, and by the end of the summer your home and yard will be in much better shape.

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