10 Home Improvements You Must Tackle This Summer

Today’s Homeowner’s 4 Seasons of Home Ownership is a curated collection of how-to videos, articles and tips to keep your home running smoothly throughout the year. The summer checklist focuses mainly on the exterior of the house, paying close attention to the siding and trim, fencing and gates, outdoor furniture and grill, driveway and sidewalks.

See how we helped a family take on the summer checklist in the 4 Seasons of Home Ownership: Summer episode of Today’s Homeowner With Danny Lipford. And, check out Simple Steps to Summer Prep for more info.

White vinyl fence
Inspect fencing and gates and make any needed repairs.(©LariBat, Adobe Stock Photos)

Summer Checklist

Top 10 Must Do

  1. Change AC and heating system filters.
  2. Flush out AC drain line with bleach twice during the summer.
  3. Check for loose railings or damage on wood decks. Repair, if needed.
  4. Inspect fencing and gates for damage. Repair, if needed.
  5. Clean all outdoor furniture.
  6. Thoroughly clean and inspect outdoor grill.
  7. Have fireplace chimney professionally inspected and cleaned.
  8. Scrape any loose paint from siding and wood trim, then prime and paint.
  9. Clean all windows inside and out.
  10. Pull all weeds and add mulch to gardens and planting beds.
Concrete patio with dining set and umbrella
Clean and protect the furniture on your deck or patio to keep it looking like new.

If Time and Budget Allow

Clean and organized garage with hanging baskets and cubby holes for a family's items
Organize the garage; and sell, donate or discard what you don’t need.

A Little Something Extra



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