Summer is the right time to get a leg up on all those household projects that escaped you during the winter. Because nobody wants to be doing household work outdoors in the cold. Here’s a handy guide to summer home maintenance.

”Summer has always been my favorite season. I feel happier.” - Zooey Deschanel


Washing your windows the right way
The proper way to clean your windows. Source: Clickhowto

Summer is the time to attack those windows. Really get in there with a cleaning solution, towel, and squeegee to get them as clean as possible. After all, the summer is when they’re going to be viewed the most. So make sure they’re shining flawlessly both inside and out. These are just basic summer home maintenance tips.

  • Wash your windows
  • Squeegee windows
  • Touch up any paint around the frame
  • Clean window screens
  • Check for cracks or insulation failure
  • Remove cobwebs

Reverse the Ceiling Fans

It's really very simple and easy
Just turn around the fan for a boost. Source: Mom4real

It sounds odd, but simply reversing the direction of your ceiling fan can help cool down the rooms of your house. The blades spinning counterclockwise will create a nice cool breeze throughout the room that can help lower the temperature. The reverse is true during the winter, as well. Some summer home tips just aren’t that overly complicated.

Inspect Your Hoses (All of Them)

A hose is helpful for many reasons
Coil a garden hose to extend its lifetime. Source: Amazon

Another important summer task is to make sure your hoses are working and free of leaks. This doesn’t just mean your garden hoses. But all the hose features in your home that actively have water traveling through them should get checked out. So summer tips for homeowners includes inspecting the following:

  • Refrigerator
  • Toilet
  • Ice Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Dehumidifier
  • Washer

Time to Paint!

Don't forget the home exterior!
The exterior of your home needs some TLC as well. Source: DIYnetwork

Many end of summer home maintenance tips involve either choosing a new paint to do over an existing color, or just adding a fresh new coat over existing paint. This is especially true if the older coat was cracked, chipped, peeling, or just losing its color. If your home is constantly exposed to sun, wind, and rain, the colors are sure to fade over time. So spruce it up with another paint job.

Power Wash/Reseal Deck

The best in home improvement experience
Give the deck a solid power washing. Source: The Spruce

Give the old deck a solid pressure cleaning. This will clear it of any debris, loose splinters, and depending on how powerful your equipment is, a layer of paint. This is one of those summer home maintenance projects that largely depend on how frequently you use your deck. If you’re the type that basically lives out on the deck, then absolutely power wash, repaint, and re-stain your decking. A reseal wouldn’t hurt either.

Gutters and Downspouts

Summer is also a good time to make sure that your gutters and downspouts are in working order. If you’re not good with ladders, this may be a good time to call in a professional. Otherwise the process involves cleaning out your gutters from your rooftop down with a garden hose, or if they’re filled with debris, cleaning that out first. It’s slightly dangerous to attempt on your own, but this is summer home maintenance that still needs to get done.

Cracks in Driveway or Walkway

If you see a lot of cracks and chips in the driveway or a crumbling walkway, it’s time to get that feature repaired. Also repairing driveway cracks is perfect for late summer home maintenance. Also it adds value to your home.

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