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Posted by Steve Casey on 9/30/2019

The summer is a much-anticipated season. It often means you get to enjoy those lovely outdoor activities you've missed like gardening or treating your friends to barbecue on chilly evenings.After the cold, you'll be happy to use plenty of warmth and sunshine. However, the weather in summer can be extreme in some locations, so you have to ensure your home is in perfect shape when it comes.

Here are some great ways to prepare your home for the warm weather:

Prevent water damage

Summer does not only come with heat. You should expect a lot of rain too. Damaged shingles or faulty flashings in your roof can give way for water to seep into your home. You certainly don't want to deal with some messy mold problems that will cost you more. Check walls, vents, windows, and doors for cracks and be sure to seal them properly. Make sure to unblock the gutters, so you don't end up taking in water instead of keeping it away.

Keep out the bugs

While you're planning to remain cool during summer, insects are also on the lookout for great hideouts too. Most of them don't thrive in the cold weather so when summer comes; you may have bugs crawling around your home. An excellent way to avoid this is by spraying your home for insects. You should also seal cracks and holes that can serve as an entryway to them.

Check your cooling unit

In preparing your home for summer, the primary concern is keeping cool as much as possible. Because air conditioners are put out of use for a long time before summer, it is essential to change the air filters, inspect the refrigerant and coils. Also, remove debris from the condensing unit outside. This season is the right time to install a smart thermostat to save cost and energy. If you have ceiling fans, set them to rotate counterclockwise. It will keep your home fresh in summer.

Give your home a retouch

There will be plenty of sunlight, and you need those bright rays in your home during the day. You can repaint the walls with bold, reflective colors and change the drapes. Materials that allow light in are also perfect. Pressure wash external walls before coating them with paint to clean off mildew. If you have shrubs around, you should trim them off for some serene greenery. 

Some of the tips above you can perform yourself, but for additional help, visit your local home hardware store to talk to an expert.




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Posted by Steve Casey on 12/26/2016

Being a homeowner can be a bit overwhelming at times. It can easily become difficult to juggle your homeowner responsibilities with your family and work obligations while still taking time for yourself to relax. It's a problem made even more difficult when you don't plan ahead for things like home maintenance. Aside from keeping your home in good condition, some maintenance issues are also safety issues, making them all the more important to find time to tend to. So how can you make time to complete maintenance tasks and ensure you don't forget about them? In this article, we'll help you make a maintenance calendar that will help you hold yourself accountable to keep your home safe and in good condition.  

What should be on your calendar?

Each home is unique and will require different types of maintenance. But in general, most homes share characteristics that can be applied to your situation. We'll break up maintenance into two categories: safety and upkeep. Safety For the well-being of you and your family, be sure to add these items to your list:
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors checked (monthly)
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide batteries changed (every 6 months)
  • Fire extinguisher checked (every 12 months)
  • Test door and window locks (every 12 months)
Upkeep Many items in your home will stop working properly if you don't practice good maintenance. Some of the most important items to practice maintenance on are:
  • Inspect your HVAC filters (every 3 months)
  • Clean the drains of your sinks and shower (every month)
  • Test seldom used objects like spare bathroom sinks and toilets (every 2 months)
  • Clean refrigerator coils and vent (every 6 months)
  • Replace water filters in refrigerator, sink, etc. (every 6 months)
  • Clean your gutters and drainage system (every 12 months)
  • Repair ripped window and door screens (every 12 months)

Seasonal maintenance

If you live in an area that has significant climate changes throughout the seasons, then there are an whole host of maintenance tasks required to prepare for the change of weather. Some common tasks include:
  • Turning off outdoor water to avoid frozen pipes
  • Replacing door screens with glass
  • Cleaning, installing, and uninstalling air conditioners
  • Sealing or repaving walkways and driveways
  • Cleaning chimneys
  • Dusting off heaters
  • Inspecting your roof shingles

Creating your calendar

Now that you know what to put in your calendar, its time to decide how you're going to make it. If you carry your smartphone with you everywhere and check it constantly, it might be a good idea to use a good calendar app, preferably one that syncs with your other calendars (work, Facebook, etc.). Google Calendar allows you to categorize calendar events by colors, sync between accounts, and invite others to events (such as when you need your family's help with something on your list). If you're not big on technology, you could always keep a calendar attached to your refrigerator or in a frequented spot in the house that you and your family will remember to check often. Whichever method you choose, the important thing is to find one that works for you so that you don't forget these important items to keep your house, home, and family safe.    




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