Summer Home Repair & Maintenance Tips
Home ownership involves a never-ending list of maintenance, especially in New England, where the weather can change by the hour and can wreak havoc on even the most well-maintained and cared-for home.
Here’s a check list of home maintenance tips for the summer months that can help you keep larger repair bills to a minimum. Not the DIY type? Call a professional before those small repairs get bigger and more costly; check Angie’s List or get a reference from a neighbor
Windows & Doors
- Clean windows inside and out. Make them sparkle: use newspapers and a solution of water and white vinegar.
- If you have older windows and doors, add putty, caulk or add weather-stripping where needed.
- Clean and install screens for windows and doors.
- Check and clear vents of insect and animal nests or other blockages.
- Make sure vents and fans work properly.
- Scan your roof line for leaks on rafters and insulation caused by loose or missing flashing.
- Check for and seal cracks, repair leaks in walls and floors.
- Clean vents and make sure they’re in good working condition.
- Test, clean and lubricate sump pump if you have one.
- Sweep floors and discard junk and other items you haven’t used in 2 or more years.
- Think of organizing a yard sale with your neighbors to raise money for a charity or your local school. Or yourself!
Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detectors
- Test and replace batteries in all units throughout your home.
Exterior Walls & Walkways
- Check for missing or loose siding or shingles.
- Caulk joints and cracks to prevent expansion from water damage.
- Touch up wood finishes damaged by wet winter weather.
- Touch-up painting or re-paint where needed.
- Repair crumbling or missing bricks and mortar from walls and walkways.
- Turn on sprinkler system and other lines
- Check and turn on outside spigots
- Connect and turn on hoses
- Repair damaged soffit panels and flashing.
- Repair or replace damaged or missing shingles.
- Clean gunk out of your gutters; get a pro to clean out the ones that are too high/you don’t feel comfortable reaching.
- Consider installing gutter guards if you can afford it (and you really hate cleaning your gutters out).
Porches, Patios and Decks
- Clean and seal wood decks.
- Check wood for rot and replace damaged boards.
- Take out and clean off outdoor furniture.
- Check fuel lines and replace propane tank if needed.
- Clean cooking surfaces.
- Replace grease tray liner underneath grill.
- Dirt and dust force air conditioners to work harder and less efficiently, and cost you more to run.
- Change A/C filters monthly, especially if you or members of your family suffer from allergies. Otherwise change filters at least once every three months.
- Clear leaves and other debris from outside condensers, which can block air flow.