Home maintenance is a year-round event, but some tasks just make more sense to do in the summer.
Our 4 Seasons of Homeownership Summer Checklist, which divides must-do tasks by the time of year, is a great way to stay on top of your home maintenance projects.
With help from our friends at The Home Depot, we’ve compiled this list of timely chores to keep your house clean and comfortable.
Listen to this special-edition Today’s Homeowner Podcast, and follow along below, to learn all about the top summer home maintenance projects!
1. Change AC & Heating System Filters
Regularly changing your HVAC system’s filters is important because a dirty filter will slow down and strain your system. It should take about two to three minutes to take out your old filter and put in a new one.
Also, once your filter is out, go ahead and vacuum the cavity in case of dust build-up.
2. Flush Out AC Drain Line
Your AC drain line can get blocked with mold and mildew, causing its pan to overflow. Flush it with bleach twice during the summer, when it’s working at its hardest.
3. Check for Loose Railings or Damage on Wooden Decks
Changing weather can take a toll on your deck. Nails and screws can loosen during the temperature change and splinters can pop up once the heat rises.
Inspect and repair any damage to your deck so you can have some safe fun in the sun. Top it off with a coat of sealer to keep it protected all summer long.
4. Inspect Fencing & Gates for Damage
Look for rotting and damage and check your posts’ sturdiness. If any boards are warped, replace them with new ones.
Now is also a great time to pressure wash your fence and apply a fresh coat of stain.
5. Clean & Inspect Outdoor Grill
Cleaning your grill will not take away any of your food’s flavor, but it will get rid of any nasty germs and fire hazards.
Whether you have a gas or charcoal grill, scrub away any drippings using aluminum foil and white vinegar.
6. Clean Outdoor Furniture
Regularly clean your outdoor furniture — especially if it’s wood.
Check for any loose parts or rot (if it’s wood). If you have cushions, be sure to wash them. In addition, if your cushions get wet from rain, be sure to hang them out to dry on a sunny day to avoid mold.
If you do this on a regular basis, it makes it a lot easier to keep everything clean.
7. Have Chimney Inspected & Cleaned
Now’s a great time to have a professional inspect your fireplace and chimney because you aren’t using them during the summer.
Plus, you’ll have more time for repairs if needed.
8. Scrape Loose Paint from Siding & Trim
Boost your home’s curb appeal by freshening up siding. Scrape away any loose paint, sand if needed, then prime and paint on a fresh coat.
If it’s an older paint, be sure to test it for lead as a precaution.
9. Clean Windows
Mix 1 teaspoon of baby shampoo to 1 gallon of water, or 1-1/2 cups of vinegar to 1 gallon of water, and wipe windows down with newspaper for a streak-free shine.
Involve family members and tag-team to speed things up! Have one person clean the windows inside while another cleans the outside.
10. Pull Weeds & Add Mulch
Finally, summer blooms are burgeoning! Now is the perfect time to pull any weeds from garden beds and prevent further weed growth by adding 2 to 3 inches of mulch.
Listen to this special-edition Today’s Homeowner Podcast for more summer home maintenance tips!
I’d like to know why our local station (channel 10) shows the same show of yours two or three times in a month. I’d like to see a new show weekly. Is that how they are supposed to run them? I love the show. Keep the wonderful tips coming. Danny, your knowledge is unbelievable. Thanks
Happy to look into this Joe. What are the call letters for your station? For instance, in Mobile, Ala., our show airs on Channel 5, which is WKRG.