Summer Chores

Your to-do list for keeping your home in top shape this summer

If you’re anything like us, you tend to take it easy over the summer. Whether that means swearing off your hairdryer until after Labor Day, allowing yourself to unplug on the weekends, or even calling in “sick” to work more often than you probably should, it seems as though most everyone allows themselves to slow down and savor the steamiest months of the year.

While the summer heat tends to make us all a bit more relaxed, there are some chores to do before you completely check out and slip into carefree mode. Luckily, you’ll only need a couple of weekends to knock out these summer home maintenance to-dos. We know – you’d rather be lounging at the pool or playing golf than cleaning out your gutters. But nothing compares to the feeling of sitting back and admiring your hard work after a long day of busting your booty around the house.

Here are a few summer home maintenance tasks to use as a jumping off point:

Spruce up your exterior

The elements can take a toll on your home’s exterior. Rent a power washer and blast away the dirt, dust, bird droppings, tree sap, and other grime that has tarnished your paint job over the last year. Then, touch up peeling or damaged paint.

Inspect your deck

Look for warped, loose, or splintered wood and replace boards that show serious wear. Take a peek underneath your deck to check for signs that animals or insects have taken up residence. If your deck is sealed or stained, refinish it annually.

Clean your gutters

Leaves and other debris can build up in your gutters over the fall and winter. To avoid water damage in your home, carefully scoop debris from your gutters and use a garden hose to flush them once they’re clean.

Check out your roof

Taking the time to inspect your roof this summer could save you thousands of dollars in the long run. If you find a small area that needs repair, you can often do so without having to replace the entire surface.

Seal your driveway

With constant exposure to snow, rain, sun, oil and gas spills, and fluctuations in temperature, your driveway is probably due for some TLC. If you haven’t sealed your driveway in the past two years, do it now to preserve its durability.

Examine your windows

Look for holes and tears in your window screens, replacing any that are beyond repair. You’ll also want to check your sealants for any cracks that are allowing cool air to escape, and caulk any open spaces you may find.

Tend to your landscaping

Summer is a good time to trim tree branches that are too close to your house. You may also want to add a layer of mulch to your flowerbeds to keep weeds down and help the ground retain moisture.

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