If you’re like most people, you’re ready to bide adieu to torrential downpours and the first wave of elevated pollen levels that spring is notorious for. While spring cleaning often requires homeowners to clean and organize their homes, here are a few home maintenance tasks you should consider addressing this summer.
1. Once the April showers have subsided, call a professional to inspect the condition of your roof. Also, clean out the debris from the gutters and downspouts if you haven’t done so already.
2. Whether you are in the process of getting your home ready to place on the market or you just want to ensure it is still in good condition, opt for a pre-listing inspection. According to professional inspectors, the investment and piece of mind is worthwhile. They would recommend that people make sure their AC unit is checked, and they replace their filters. It is ideal to schedule a HVAC inspection and service when shifting from heating in the winter to cooling in the spring/summer months.
3. Your flower bed might be the envy of the neighborhood, but be sure to check the equipment you use to maintain it, particularly the garden house. A garden hose can leak, and over time, that simple seemingly harmless leak can waste water and increase your water bill. Check to see whether it is a worn-out hose or the fitting that is problematic before you toss the entire thing out.
4. Winter storms and rainstorms make the exterior of your house look dingy. Hire a professional or head to your nearest home store to purchase pressure and power washing supplies. Pressure wash any pavers and concrete surface and power wash the sidings, brick surfaces, and stonework.
5. Hire a landscaper to handle big jobs like trimming the limbs of large trees and removing any dead trees. For smaller jobs, set aside an afternoon to remove smaller tree limbs and scrubs and clean up unwanted debris.
6. The thought of circulating dust mites around a room is one that most people would want to avoid, but by not cleaning the ceiling fans, that is exactly what happens. With a bucket of warm water and a drop of vinegar, it is easy to clean dust off of ceiling fan blades and the unit that secures it. Take the proper precautions to make sure you are stable on a ladder or a chair. If you use the fans in a 6-month period, you should clean them at least three times over that period, or every-other month.
7. The same vinegar and water solution can also be used to wipe upper and lower trims. Dust gathers easily along the baseboard and can be more effectively removed by a damp cloth than by a broom.
8. Test emergency systems in the home to make sure they work. This includes the home alarm, smoke fire alarm, fire extinguisher, and carbon monoxide alarms. This should be done twice a year.