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7 Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Summer

Summer is finally here with longer days and warmer weather. It’s time to get out the barbecue grill and spend some fun evenings and weekends with family and friends out on the deck or patio. Here are 7 tips to get your home ready for summer so you and your family and friends can kick back and enjoy the summer.

  1. Have HVAC system serviced and cleaned
    You definitely want to stay cool this summer so make sure your HVAC unit is working at peak efficiency. It’s a good idea to have your HVAC system cleaned and inspected each year and summer is a great time to get this done. Your AC condenser is outside your house and can get really dirty and gummed up with leaves and other debris especially during the winter months. Make sure to clean any debris on and around the condenser and have it inspected by a pro to keep it running efficiently through the summer months. If you decide to clean the condenser unit thoroughly yourself, make sure to turn the power to the unit off first and be very careful not to damage the condenser fins which are fragile and easily bent or crushed.
  2. Clean the gutters
    The gutters on your home are probably full of leaves, pine needles and other gunk from the winter season. Now that it’s warm, find a sturdy ladder and clean out the gutters and down pipes, or better yet, hire someone to do it for you.
  3. Inspect and repair roofing and siding
    Summer is also a good time to inspect the roofing, siding, windows and exterior doors of your home to find any damage that may have occurred during winter or spring storms. Remove and replace caulking as necessary on siding windows and doors and repair or replace any damaged roofing.  If you aren’t comfortable doing this type of work you can always hire someone to do it for you.
  4. Clean deck and patio
    You’ll probably want to spend a lot of time outside this summer with family and friends so make sure your deck, patio and porch are ready for entertaining. Pressure-wash concrete patios and wood decks to get rid of all the grime that may have accumulated from the winter months. Summer is a great time to reseal or repaint your deck and porch so it looks like new again. Don’t forget to inspect and clean your outdoor furniture and wash cushions so you are ready for summer entertaining.
  5. Clean and repair driveway and walkways
    Rent or buy a power-washer or hire someone to clean these areas. It’s amazing how a good cleaning can make the exterior of your home look like new again. Summer is the perfect time to repair cracks and joints in concrete walkways, stairs and driveways. Check with your local home improvement store to find the best products for your needs or hire a professional to do any needed repairs.
  6. Weed and mulch flower beds
    Weeds can take over flower beds and planted areas around the home in the spring and summer months so make sure to keep on top of weed removal before it gets out of control. This will help your flowers and shrubs grow healthier and look better. Add some fresh mulch to protect the plants and make your landscaping look great again.
  7. Fertilize and reseed lawn
    Depending on the type of grass you have in your lawn, summer may be the perfect time to reseed and fill in bald patches in your lawn. Make sure to remove leaves and twigs and de-thatch dead grass with a rake before reseeding your lawn. Check with a landscape supplier or home improvement store to make sure you get the right seed for your lawn and don’t forget to fertilize and keep it watered while the new seed is germinating and growing.

How To Maintain Your Home

When buying a new home it’s easy to get caught up in the financial obligations, but it’s important to remember the time and energy required to maintain your home. Just like changing the oil in your car or going to the dentist for cleanings, your home needs to be taken care of to avoid costly repairs down the road.

home maintenance

Many maintenance items can easily be performed yourself. There are hundreds of videos and how-to guides only a mouse click away. Home improvement stores, like Lowes® and Home Depot®, often offer in-store educational workshops that you can take advantage of. However, if a maintenance items is too in-depth to complete yourself calling a licensed professional may be a good course of action.

Home upkeep can seem like a daunting undertaking, but creating a way to track what needs to be done may help lighten the load. There are many different calendars and spreadsheets for home maintenance available online that can help you stay organized. There is no golden rule on what tasks should be done when, so coming up with a schedule that works for your lifestyle is best.

McKee Homes has developed a Home Maintenance Guide that can help you with determining when and what items should be checked in your home.  McKee Homes offers 2-10 Home Buyers Warranties on all new home sales; they also offer a 2-10 Maintenance Manual as another resource for maintaining your home.

When you take the time and energy to sustain your home it can give you a sense of pride and accomplishment in the work you’ve done. That’s how the house you just bought becomes your home. Maintaining your home now will help keep your home happy and healthy for years to come.