Home Maintenance Tasks for Summer

It’s summertime, and the livin’ is easy! But don’t let the days just drift by. Now that the days are longer, home improvement projects beckon. How many of these tasks and upgrades will you check off your list this summer?

• Power Washing: Whether you're power-washing the house, the deck, the walkways, or the front porch, this is a job that's best tackled in warmer weather, so it's a perfect summer project. And with the sun beating down, you won’t mind too much if you get a little wet.

• Clean the Gutters: We know it’s not anyone’s favorite pastime, but cleaning the gutters is an important maintenance chore. Gutter-cleaning should be part of your spring and fall checklist, but it’s also wise to clear your gutters out before a heavy summer storm hits, to get rid of any clogs that may have built up.
• Seal the Driveway: Your driveway will last longer if you seal it regularly. When you factor in curing time, this project takes three to four days, so check the forecast before you begin to make sure you'll have a few consecutive days of good weather.
• Seal the Deck: Constant exposure to sun and rain takes a toll on your deck’s appearance. Plan some time during the summer to spruce up your deck by making any necessary repairs, giving it a good cleaning, and sealing it.
• Wash the Windows: The summer sun looks best streaming through clean windows, so set aside a weekend to wash them early in the season. Choose a cloudy day so the cleaner won’t dry too quickly and leave streaks behind.
• Repaint Your Fence: Fence-painting can be tedious and time-consuming, but attending to this outdoor maintenance task will keep your fence looking sharp and make it last longer. Commit to taking it on, one section at a time, during the warm summer months.
• Inspect the Roof: Inspect your roof in summer to ensure that you’ll have plenty of time to schedule repairs before the rainy winter weather returns.
• Install Security Lights: Installing lights with motion sensors is an easy summer DIY project that will improve both safety and security around your home.
• Grease the Garage Door: You may not give much thought to your automatic garage door—until it stops working, that is. To keep it running properly, make sure everything is tight and lubricate the hinges, rollers, and other moving parts at least once a year.
• Repair Window Screens: Window screens occasionally get torn, but fortunately they're not difficult or expensive to fix. As long as the frame is in good shape, you can easily apply a small screen patch or even replace the mesh, if necessary.
• Recaulk Trim: Exposure to the elements and the passage of time can cause caulk to fail, and this can lead to rot around your windows, sills, and doorways. It’s a good idea to inspect the caulk around the outdoor trim of your house every year and do repairs as needed. Tackle one job at a time, and you'll stay on top of your outdoor maintenance without having to miss out on summer fun.
Information provided by BobVila.com.
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