Spending your first summer as a homeowner is exciting. There’s lots to do to actively take ownership and start making memories in your home, especially when the weather outside is delightful.
However, your home itself needs attention during the summer as well. If you’re at a loss for where to begin, take a moment to read this brief look at a few summer home maintenance tips for new homeowners.
Check first for safety
The first thing you need to direct your attention to in the summer is the safety of your home. Take the time to check the batteries in the smoke alarms. Check the function of the carbon monoxide detectors.
Make sure to test all of your safety mechanisms once you replace batteries to assure they are working properly. The safety of your family is far more important than any other aspect of your home.
Get your HVAC system serviced
It’s all too common for a home’s air conditioning unit to choose the hottest day of the year to have problems. Instead of melting in the heat while you wait for the repair specialist to fix your AC, try calling ahead of time for regular HVAC maintenance services.
Maintaining your unit will extend the life and efficiency of the machinery, and it will keep you home cooler in the peak of summer’s heat.
Get out in the yard
You’ll want to spend plenty of time enjoying the outdoors throughout the summer. Start by getting your hands dirty, and spruce up the greenery on the property.
Clean up all the debris left over from the winter weather, and get that mower mowing. Summertime is a great time to really get your garden blooming, so don’t forget to capitalize on the plants you put in the ground during spring.
It’s a good time to check the attic/basement
The early weeks of summer are a good time to take a moment to inspect your attic and basement for any mold buildup or water leaks. If you do find a problem with excess moisture, clean the walls with a simple solution of white vinegar.
After cleaning up the mess, apply a mold-resistant spray or paint to the affected area. You may need to place a dehumidifier in the space to maintain the cleanliness.
Check the outside of your home
Take a walk in the sunshine around your home, and keep an eye out for any potential issues. Check your home’s siding for consistency. Check the roofing for loose or missing shingles, and don’t forget to check that the gutters and downspouts are clear and functional. It’s also wise to take a peek at the foundation of your home and check for any visible cracks.