Summer is right around the corner and before the hottest days are here, there are a few things around your home you should double-check and prepare. Winter can be hard on all parts of a house exterior so save yourself a headache and check these four things to get your home summer-ready.
Service your A/C
With summer’s heat already under way, it’s important to give your air condition a checkup. The first step you should take is to change your air filter and clean off the exterior of the main unit outside. If you haven’t already used your air conditioner, now is the time to test it. It’s better to find out if there’s an issue now than when the temperature outside becomes unbearable. If you notice your air conditioner is not running efficiently (or at all), it’s time to call a professional.
Check your roof
With summer comes powerful summer storms. If possible, visually inspect your roof and home exterior. Locate your shingles, flashings, and any chimneys with binoculars if possible. Keep an eye out for cracks, misalignments, and missing shingles as these are all things that could lead to leaks later. If you notice any problem areas, call a professional to do the repairs. Once you’ve inspected your roof, check the rest of your home exterior. If you notice exposed wood, touch up to prevent rot. If your siding looks like it needs it, consider power washing to give it a thorough cleaning.
Clean out gutters and downspouts
Another important part of your home exterior to inspect are gutters and downspouts. Those summer storms bring lots of rain and after winter, they may need a little TLC. A pro can take care of this for you, but if you’d rather, you can do it yourself. You’ll need a sturdy ladder, gloves, safety goggles, a trowel, and a hose. Move down your gutters scraping out gunk as needed. Use your hose to force water through the gutters and downspouts as this can help further clean them out and force out clogs.
While running the hose through the gutters, check that the water is running away from your house rather than collecting around the foundation. This can identify a problem that could lead to water in your basement later.
Prep your yard/patio
If you are lucky enough to have an outdoor space of your own, create an area where you can enjoy the summer weather. Trim the bushes and add some plants (potted or non) to make the space feel more relaxing. Top it all off with a bright outdoor rug, a chair or lounge set, and some bistro lights. If you are short on time, this makes for a great weekend project!
Taking some time to inspect your home each season can prevent problems down the road. Now that the hard work is out of the way and your home is summer-ready, pour yourself an ice-cold beverage, take a seat in your freshly tidied back yard, and enjoy the beautiful summer weather.