Keeping your home in top shape is not only good for your peace of mind, but it’s also a cost-saving measure. It’s much cheaper to regularly have your gutters cleaned than it is to fix the foundations and exterior of your home because of persistent water damage from the runoff!
Of course, it’s not always possible to perform certain types of maintenance, especially when that maintenance involves standing on a ladder outside. But there are always things to do around the home, so, when the sun’s out, it’s important to prioritise those projects that are best suited for the summer. Here is your ultimate summer home maintenance checklist from Brosnan Property Solutions, a facility management company.
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Wash Your Windows
You may already pay a window cleaner to come around and scrub your windows regularly, but you’re probably still responsible for the inside of your windows yourself.
Summer is the best time to go around and give your windows a good cleaning, partly because you get to enjoy the lovely summer view while you work, but also because the brighter days show up grease and grime more clearly, making it easier to do a thorough job.
Clear Out Your Gutters
Before we get into this one, it should be noted that nobody should be climbing ladders unless they know what they are doing and are comfortable doing it. It may be within the ability of an average homeowner to tackle first-floor gutters that you could reach from a step ladder, but nobody should attempt to clear out anything higher unless they know what they are doing. If in doubt, call a professional.
Now, with that out of the way, summertime is the best time to get your gutters and downspouts cleared out. This is partly because the weather will be more suitable for this kind of work, but mostly it is because your gutters will have seen the most action over autumn and winter, so they are more likely to need clearing out after the spring showers have calmed down.
Spruce Up Your Garden
If you enjoy tending to your garden, you won’t need telling twice. If you see your garden as more of a burden than a pastime, you might have enjoyed the winter months when the grass stops growing and plants die off.
Unfortunately, this temporary state of affairs must come to an end. If you make a start early and stay on top of things, your gardening can be reduced to something that takes a couple of hours on a lazy sunny weekend, rather than an entire day of slogging through knee-high grass and fighting with overgrown bushes.
Pressure Wash Your Driveways and Patios
Pressure washing your driveway, patios, decking, and any paved areas is a great way to breathe new life into them, getting them looking as good as new. It also blasts away moss and other unwanted plant life that’s trying to take hold.
In all honesty, there’s no reason you can’t do this outside of the summer months. But who wants to be stood outside during cold wet months spraying the floor with a high-powered water jet?
Tackle Those DIY Projects
Most homeowners harbour desires to tackle DIY project in and around their home. Whether it’s building furniture, landscaping the garden, or any number of other tasks that you should probably call a professional for but are just within reach of your abilities.
Clean Up The Garden Furniture
Summer is when garden furniture comes into its own. If you’ve been properly caring for your garden furniture, it should have spent the cold winter months either tucked away in a dry garage or shed, or at least protected by coverings. Alas, it’s not as simple as just digging them out of the garage and setting them up on the patio.
While your garden furniture hibernated over the winter they became dusty, colonised by spiders, and they became generally grubby and unsuitable for a relaxing afternoon in the sun. Fortunately, this is nothing an hour with a cloth and an appropriate cleaning product can’t solve.
Break Out The Barbeque!
You’ve cleared your gutters, you’ve made sure your garden is under control and got the patio or decking looking spotless. The only thing left to do is get the barbeque ready for some relaxing weekends in the garden, perhaps even with friends if you are feeling somewhat social.
One task that should be marked down as summer maintenance is giving your barbeque a good, deep clean. Many of us are guilty of not properly cleaning the barbeque in between uses, but you don’t want to stow a greasy barbeque away for the winter. Do yourself a favour and scrub it well before packing it away at the end of summer. You’ll thank yourself next year.
While some people enjoy these kinds of chores, for many homeowners it is hardly the highlight of the day. Still, keeping on top of tasks like clearing out the gutters, edging the lawn, and other small but necessary chores can reduce the amount of overall work needed to keep you home in tip-top shape. And what better time to get that work done than during the summer months?
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