Posted by Bruce Borden in Home Maintenance

As summer approaches and the sun starts shining, it's the perfect opportunity to show your home some love. Taking care of seasonal maintenance not only helps avoid expensive repairs but also boosts your home's value and creates a cozy living space.

Check out this complete guide packed with essential summer home maintenance tips to keep your home looking its best.

1. Inspect and Clean Your Gutters

Make sure to clear out your gutters this summer to prevent water damage, roof leaks, and foundation issues. Take a few minutes to remove leaves, twigs, and dirt using a ladder and a garden hose. You can even consider installing gutter guards to keep them clear in the future.

2. Check Your Roof

Summer is the ideal time to inspect your roof for any damage or wear. Look for loose or missing shingles, cracks, and signs of water damage. Pay close attention to areas around chimneys, skylights, and vents. If you notice any issues, contact a professional roofer for repairs.

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3. Service Your Air Conditioning Unit

Get ready for the sizzling summer months by prepping your air conditioning unit! Start by giving it some TLC—clean or swap out the air filters to boost efficiency and keep the air in your home fresh. Next, clear away any debris around the outdoor unit and give it a once-over for any signs of wear and tear.

For added peace of mind, consider booking a professional HVAC service to give your system a thorough inspection and tune-up. By taking these steps, you can avoid unexpected breakdowns and ensure your home stays cool and cozy all summer long.

4. Maintain Your Lawn and Garden

Keep your lawn in top shape by giving it regular trims at the perfect height for healthy growth. Make sure to water your plants in the early morning or late evening to make the most of the water and stop it from evaporating. Trim your trees and shrubs to get rid of any dead or overgrown branches. And why not add some mulch to your flower beds? It'll help keep the soil moist and cut down on those pesky weeds.

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5. Inspect Windows and Doors

Take a moment to inspect your windows and doors for any drafts or damage. By replacing worn-out weatherstripping, you can boost your home's energy efficiency and keep it cool. Don't forget to ensure that all locks and latches are working properly for added security. And while you're at it, give your window panes and screens a good clean to let in plenty of natural light and fresh air.

6. Clean Your Outdoor Furniture

Get ready for those cozy summer evenings on the patio! It's time to spruce up your outdoor furniture to make it shine. Start by giving it a good scrub with some mild detergent and water, then rinse it off thoroughly. For any tough stains, grab a soft brush or sponge. Once you're done, let your furniture dry completely before kicking back and enjoying it.

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7. Inspect Your Home's Exterior

Take a walk around your home's exterior to look for any signs of damage or wear. Check the siding for cracks or holes, and repair as needed. Inspect the foundation for any cracks or water damage. Clean the exterior walls with a power washer to remove dirt and mildew. If you notice any significant issues, consider hiring a professional to assess and address the damage. Regular exterior maintenance can prevent more extensive and costly repairs in the future.

By staying proactive with your home maintenance, you'll not only protect your investment but also create a pleasant and inviting space for family and friends to enjoy!



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Bruce Borden

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Bruce has been with M/I Homes for over 20 years, has been the National Customer Experience Manager for over 10 years, and has been in the home building industry for over 30 years. Happily married and a proud father, Bruce enjoys outdoor activities and home improvement projects, and has never met someone he didn't like.

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