Home Maintenance Checklist: Summer Edition

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As summer nears, who doesn’t dream of camping trips, weekend getaways, and hammock lay-arounds? But before you book your entire summer, remember that it’s also an important time for home maintenance and repair, particularly outdoors. Whether you’re prepping your home for summer fun or enhancing its efficiency, here’s a checklist to consider while the weather is warm.

Check and service AC system

Optimize your home for cooler temperatures by having your AC system checked and serviced, which prolongs the life of your unit and prevents costly repairs. Also be sure to change the AC filter regularly — up to once a month in the summer.

Seal air escape routes

Keep cool air from escaping by sealing your windows and doors tight. Check for any gaps or cracks in your window seals and door frames. Replace weatherstripping or apply caulking as needed to improve energy efficiency and keep costs down.

Maintain your patios and fencing

Spruce up your deck, patio, and fence by sweeping away debris, cleaning and sealing surfaces, and checking for needed repairs. Mold and mildew are common here, so consider pressure washing on a lower setting before sealing to keep everything looking fresh and clean.

Prep for summer entertaining

Give your grilling surfaces a makeover by removing built-up grease and debris from the grill grates, burners, and drip pans. Next, check your propane levels to ensure you’re ready for the season. Also wipe down your outdoor furniture and lighting and replace burnt-out bulbs, so guests have a comfortable, well-lit space to relax.

Inspect your roof

The warm, dry air makes summer the perfect time for roof maintenance. Look for damaged or missing shingles, soft spots, or areas where roof flashing may need repair. While you can handle some repairs yourself — flashing issues can often be fixed with a new layer of caulk or mortar — it’s best to hire a professional if you see signs of water damage.

Fix your gutters

Cleaning your gutters may be a year-round affair, but gutter repair is a warm-weather activity. Inspect your gutters and downspouts for cracks, sags, loose fasteners, and rust spots and fix as necessary. You can seal smaller leaks with gutter sealant or a patch kit, but you’ll likely want to replace sections with more significant damage.

Give your garden some love

Weeds can flourish in hot weather and compete with your plants for moisture and nutrients. Combat this by regularly pulling weeds and applying a 2-inch layer of mulch in your planting areas. Also, remember to water wisely, preferably early in the morning or late in the evening, to minimize evaporation and ensure efficient water usage.

Tend to your pool

Your pool has been waiting all year to show off. Keep it pristine and safe for swimmers by
regularly checking and maintaining the chemical levels to prevent contaminants and pollutants. Another safety tip: ensure all safety equipment, such as pool covers and ladders, are in good condition.


Most important of all, take advantage of the sunshine for some well-deserved R&R!




Written by Windermere Staff