End of Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

Summer is coming to an end. School is back in and people’s routines go back into order. Before you’ve got your day scheduled out and on autopilot you may want to take a minute to prepare your home for the changes ahead.

Summer, contrary to what you may think, can take a toll on the exterior of your home. Summer storms can be extremely volatile and extreme heat can dry out seals and damage roofing. Also, preparing your home for fall rain and harsh winters is very important.
Here is a quick list of things you should check out before fall sets in:

1.     Gutters – clean your gutters and check for any clogs. Rain is coming and it’s a whole lot easier to clean out dry debris than it will be when everything gets soggy.

2.     Windows – give your windows a good cleaning and while you’re at it, check for any breaks in seals. Repairing small window seal cracks is pretty easy with caulk, but if your cracks are large, you may need to replace the sealant, which is important to do to keep water out and heat in when winter rolls around.

3.     Siding – Check out the siding on your home. Look for any bubbles, ripples, or blistering paint. Fix any pieces that look amiss now, before the rain comes. Water damage can turn into a huge problem and even rock the foundation of your home.

4.     Roof – Inspect your roof. Summer storms and extreme heat can take a toll on your roof, no matter what kind you have. Check for any damage or weak points and have them inspected now.

5.     Outdoor Furniture/Cooking – clean and safely store your outdoor furniture and cooking appliances (grill).

6.     Lighting – clean any exterior light fixtures by either dusting off or washing down. Stock up on any light bulbs you think you may need for your interior/exterior light fixtures.

There are many other things you can do to prepare for the upcoming months, but these are the big ones! Keep your home in tip top condition by regularly performing small maintenance tasks.