Summer Home Maintenance
Helping you breakdown your home care in this 7-Day plan
Summer is more than just a great time for heading to the beach and enjoying a barbecue or two. In fact, knocking a few items off your summer home maintenance checklist can keep your home healthy and functioning its best. A well-maintained home can even boost the value of your property
Any discussion of home maintenance tips for summer needs to acknowledge reality; summer is a time for relaxing! It can certainly be difficult to motivate yourself to confront those summer maintenance problems when the weather is nice and inviting. That’s why we’re using this 7-day summer home maintenance checklist to help you break down the big to-dos.
Though we can’t promise you’ll cover every aspect of summer home maintenance in these seven days, we can assure you that these quick summer home maintenance tips will leave you plenty of time to enjoy the sunshine as you get your house looking better than ever.
Summer Maintenance Plan
DAY 1: DETECTORS & COOLING UNITS
We’re going to ease you into this set of home maintenance tips by knocking a few important (though easy) items off the to-do list on the first day. We recommend that you focus on the following:
- Detectors: Replace old batteries and check to ensure things are in working order for all smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and any home timers.
- Fans: Use a damp rag or a clothes dryer sheet attached to a paint roller to clean all ceiling and house fans, including bathroom vent fans. If you’re feeling inspired, clean the back of your washer and dryer units too.
- A/C units: You may want to let a pro handle your central unit but replacing filters and cleaning up portable A/C units can boost performance and cut energy bills.
Day 2: Refrigerator & Range
- Fridge coils: Condenser coils are responsible for removing heat from the refrigerator. Dusty coils can lead to higher energy bills and a shorter lifespan of your refrigerator. Before cleaning and vacuuming the coil, be sure to unplug the fridge.
- Range hood and filter: Letting grease and dust accumulate can cut short the life of a range hood fan, and smell less-than desirable. Wipe this area down with a citrus-based cleaner and soak the filter in hot soapy water to make it good as new.
DAY 3: BATHROOMS
- Showerheads: Mineral deposits can collect on your showerheads, impacting both performance and longevity. The easiest way to clean these is to unscrew the showerhead and soak it in a pan of vinegar overnight. You may take this opportunity to swap your old showerhead for a new one.
- Drains: Nobody likes to clean drains, but if not attended to can cause significant costs down the road. Simply pull out the drain mechanism, clean it with a drain stick, pour some bleach down and rinse with hot water.
DAY 4: BBQ/OUTDOOR COOKERS
- Gas grills: Start by turning the heat up and let the grill cook for about 20-30 minutes. Allow to cool and then scrub with a grill brush.
- Charcoal grills: Empty the grill completely and clean with a sponge dipped in hot, soapy water.
DAY 5: PORCH & DECK
- Porch: Give your porch a good cleaning by sweeping and mopping thoroughly. You’ll be surprised how much better they look! Give them a scrub, or a material-compatible polish, if you want to go the extra mile
- Deck: Hammer any loose nails sticking out and examine your deck thoroughly to ensure there’s not structural damage, such as rotting. Check if it needs re-sealing; you can do this by spraying with water. If the water soaks in, you know it’s time for some more sealant.
DAY 6: YARD/GARDEN
- Mulch: Not only does mulch keep the weeds away, but it also helps your plants and trees retain moisture in the summer heat.
- Plants and trees: Remove any dead parts from your plants and trees, especially from perennials and annuals that haven’t had a trim in awhile.
- Irrigation systems: Test all your irrigation systems for any cracks or worn-out sections.
DAY 7: THOROUGH ONCE-OVER
You’ve done the heavy lifting. Now it’s time to walk through the house and check for any areas that need attending to. Pay particular attention to problem areas such as:
- Mold and mildew
- Excess moisture in crawlspace
- Hole and cracks (especially driveway)