Summer is a great time to complete projects around the house since the weather is warmer and the days are longer. Make a seasonal checklist to help you keep track of important tasks. Summer home maintenance gets your property in shape and helps you avoid costly expenses. Here are a few important tasks to complete around your home.

Summer Home Maintenance: Clean Gutters

Guttering channels rainwater off of your roof and away from your property. Keep the gutters clean so they are ready to handle summer storms. Leaves, twigs, pine needles, and other debris can clog the gutters and cause water to pool. This creates the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes. Overflowing water can also damage your siding and begin to seep under the roofing materials.

Inspect the Deck and Patio

Spending afternoons with friends and family outdoors is one of the best things about summertime. It’s important to make sure your deck and patio are well-maintained before you invite guests over. Inspect the deck and look for warped, rotten, and splintered boards.

Replace the materials as needed and then sand and refinish the decking boards. On the patio, look for paver stones that need to be reset, repair cracks in the concrete, and check the wood for damage.

Wash the Windows and Screens

Clean the windows to let more sunlight into your home. Remove the screens and scrub them gently with hot, soapy water. Inspect the windows, looking for gaps or cracks around the frames. Use caulk to fill in any gaps and seal the windows. You’ll cool your home more efficiently when the temperature-controlled air isn’t escaping.

Spend Time on Home Landscaping Maintenance this Summer

Summer is an excellent time to concentrate on your gardens. Attractive landscaping will boost the curb appeal and value of your property. Adding mulch to the flower beds is an easy and inexpensive summer task. Mulch makes the garden look tidy, keeps weeds under control, and helps the soil retain moisture, keeping your plants healthy and vibrant all summer.

Pressure-Wash the House

Grimy siding and porches not only look bad, but they can affect your property value. Pressure washing the siding will remove mold and mildew, brighten your home, and improve curb appeal.

Even though summertime is traditionally a time for leisure and getaways, summer home maintenance is important. These tasks go a long way toward keeping your property in good shape and helping to maintain its value.

Altamont Inspections provides home inspection services in Western North Carolina. Contact us to schedule an inspection.