Summer home maintenance tasks you shouldn’t forget this year

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Spring has sprung, and summer is on its way! You’ve probably already gotten started on your spring renovation projects, but have you considered those less-than-glamorous home maintenance jobs that need to be done as well? Summer is the best time to take care of a few quick fixes and clean-ups so you don’t have to worry about them later in the summer or when the weather turns cold again. Let’s go..!

EXTERIOR MAINTENANCE

To begin, it’s always a good idea to clean the exterior of your home. This helps remove and prevent stains, moss, bacteria, and mold from growing throughout the more humid summer months. Pressure washing isn’t the best idea because you can damage paint, cladding, or shingles. Instead, soft wash your home for a more eco-friendly approach. 

You’ll also need to take clean your windows and their frames; scrubbing with hot soapy water is usually enough to get the job done yourself. But if you’re windows are just too high up, a window cleaner will have the right ladders and equipment to get the job done safely. If you do hire someone to clean the exterior of your home, they will likely check on the state of your gutters to ensure they’re not backing up and damaging your walls or paintwork.

INDOOR MAINTENANCE

Reversing the direction of your home’s ceiling fans once spring arrives is one of the most often forgotten indoor home maintenance tips. In the summer, you want the fan blades to push the air down, creating a cool breeze. However, before you turn on your fans, be sure to clean the winter dust off them, or you’ll find yourself sneezing for hours!

Be sure to have a qualified professional come out at least once a year to check your boiler and heating system for any needed repairs or general maintenance. There’s nothing worse than having your heating die on you halfway through the winter so get it checked now!

Did you know that tumble dryers cause 15,000 fires annually? Don’t become a statistic! Clean out your dryer vent pipe and hose at least twice yearly. And always remove lint from your lint filter each time you turn on the dryer as well.

These quick interior and exterior maintenance tips just scratch the surface when it comes to maintaining a safe and healthy home. But if you get started on the maintenance while the weather is nice, many of these tasks will also help to prepare your home for the coming winter, reducing your to-do list and allowing you to stay toasty warm inside where you belong! Let me know what home maintenance you’re doing at this time of year in the comments below 🙂



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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in lifestyle promotion studies. She loves to 'get the look for less' so regularly shares thrifty fashion posts, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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