Summer Maintenance Fun

The state of your home throughout the year can change greatly depending on the season. This means that your home maintenance needs will vary as well. We know it can be hard to remember your home maintenance tasks when you’re lounging in the sun in your front yard so we’ve made a list of summer home maintenance tasks to help you keep your home in its best condition all year long. Here are some summer maintenance tips.

Since you are definitely going to be having some summer bbqs at your home, you are going to want to make sure that your wood deck is in good condition. Although you do not need to stain your deck every year, you will want to stain it at least every 2-3 years to keep it looking its best. If this is the year that you need to stain it, you want to make sure that your deck is clean and completely dried first before you apply the stain. This will help to keep the results for longer. Most stains will contain a protective sealant, but if the stain you are using does not have it, you should make sure to re-seal your deck every year.

Once you have your deck looking its finest, you then want to make sure your grill is clean. Before the start of the grilling season, you will want to give your grill a thorough cleaning. If you have a gas grill, you will want to turn the heat up to high and allow your grill to cook for about half an hour with the lid closed. Once it has cooled down, you can then use a grill brush to scrub the inside. You can wipe down the outside of the grill with a damp cloth or sponge and you will also want to clean the drip pans.

If you have a charcoal grill, you will want to empty the grill completely and wipe out any ashes that were left over from the previous season. Then you can clean it with hot water and a little bit of dishwashing soap. Before you use your grill, make sure that it is completely dry.

Summertime is also the perfect time of year to wash all of your windows on the exterior of your home. If you have a two-story home, you might want to consider hiring a professional to do the job, to ensure that you are kept safe. Ladders can be dangerous for someone who is not experienced working with one.

This is also the time that you should be sure to inspect your air conditioning unit. If you have not had service on your air conditioning unit in recent years, you should probably call to get an inspection to make sure that everything is operating and running smoothly. The last thing you need is for your air conditioning unit to stop working during the peak of summer’s heat. Be proactive and have your unit looked at before there is an issue. This will help to ensure that you are not charged for emergency service.