Few things are as American as home ownership! Although being a homeowner is the classic American dream, it is actually a big responsibility. Not only is it a large investment, there is the ongoing issue of upkeep and maintenance. This isn’t easy to do because every season, every climate and home comes with unique challenges. You have to understand those challenges in order to protect your home and keep it in great shape for years to come.
With summer right around the corner, there are some things you’ll want to add to your weekend to-do list.
- Check the gutters, even if you cleaned them before spring. This is the easiest way to make sure that summer showers don’t lead to foundation damage. Gutters should be clean of debris, well connected and the downspouts need to usher water away from your foundation.
- Before it gets too warm outside, inspect your home’s crawl spaces. You are looking for moisture first, because even a little moisture can lead to mold and rot. You should also take a note of the temperature in these areas to make sure your insulation is doing its job.
- Schedule a summer HVAC check up. This will let you beat the summer rush and catch small issues before they lead to expensive repairs and downtime during the hotter months of the year.
- Inspect your home’s irrigation system. This includes examining the lines and nozzles for leaks and clogs. Check your sprinkler heads to make sure they are also working properly.
- Get your yard gear out of storage and check everything out. This includes checking your mower, trimmer and hoses along with anything you rely on for maintenance. Doing things like checking the oil, starting up everything and making sure hoses haven’t developed holes over the winter can save you a lot of frustration!
- Schedule pest control! Bugs might be few and far between in the winter but spring and summer is a different story. Schedule pest control now to prevent being overrun by creepy crawlers.
- If winter and spring storms have damaged your trees and shrubs, now is the time to take care of it. Remove dead or unhealthy branches, or call in a professional for help. Luckily, it’s a great time to plant if you’re wanting to replace dead shrubs or bushes.
- Changing temperatures and moisture can cause big problems for your driveway, sidewalk and foundation. Walk around and examine everything, paying close attention to cracks. If you notice anything new, call a professional to fix it before it grows into a larger, more expensive problem.
- Check all your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors as well as your fire extinguishers. If you don’t have any, make this a priority! You can go here for advice and information on fire safety tips.
- Last but not least, remember to switch out your HVAC filter. Mark it on your calendar and do it more frequently throughout the cooling season. This will help your equipment work properly, and help keep your utility bill in check.
Keep in mind, this is a general list for most homes, but your home may have additional things that need inspected. And if you come across a problem that you don’t know how to handle, call a professional. This is the best way to catch and solve issues before they grow into larger problems that are more expensive and frustrating to deal with.