Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Gear Up for Summer

  • Inspect the siding and trim on the house for cracks and make any needed repairs.
  • Touch up any areas where the paint is peeling, cracking, or chipped.
  • Scrub both sides of window screens with a soft brush and soapy water. Rinse well and allow them to dry in the sun. Repair any holes or tears, or replace the screen material before reinstalling.
  • Have your air conditioning unit inspected and serviced as necessary.
  • Trim shrubs and plants so they don't touch the house, restrict air flow around air conditioning units, or obstruct walkways.
  • Clear debris from gutters and eaves to allow rainwater to drain properly and prevent mosquito breeding.
  • Seal cracks in the driveway.
  • Test irrigation and sprinkler systems and replace any broken sprinkler heads or emitters. Check for proper water coverage and adjust if necessary.
  • Power wash decks and patios and seal surfaces as appropriate
  • Vacuum or brush off refrigerator coils to help maintain energy efficiency. Depending on your model, the coils will be located either on the bottom or on the back of the appliance.
  • Empty and clean dehumidifier pans and hoses according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Take area rugs outside. Shake or beat them, and allow them to air out.
  • Dust off ceiling fans and check for proper balance and operation - adjust as necessary.   
  • Close the chimney flue to prevent insects from entering and to help keep cool air in during the months ahead.
  • Repot houseplants to give their roots a fresh start for the summer.
  • Check door and cabinet hinges; adjust and lubricate any that stick or squeak.
  • Air it out on dry, breezy days! Open basement windows to remove dampness and open the upstairs windows to get some fresh air flowing throughout the house.
Thanks to David Leopold at Pillar to Post Home Inspectors for content.

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