Warmer weather and longer days mean plenty of time to spend outdoors with family and friends. Summer is also great for keeping up with basic tasks around the house. Here are a few easy summer home maintenance projects to help you keep your property in great shape.
Summer Home Maintenance: Clean the Gutters
It is recommended to clean the gutters at least twice a year, in the fall and in the spring. However, it’s important to keep an eye on the guttering year-round. The gutters funnel water off your roof and away from your home. If you live in an area with lots of trees, you’ll need to clean your gutters more frequently.
Choose a day when the weather is nice to clean and inspect your home’s guttering system. Remove leaves, pine needles, and other debris and check the system for rusted areas and cracks. Keeping water flowing freely away from your home will help prevent damage to the siding and foundation.
Reseal the Backyard Deck
If you have a wooden deck, it needs regular maintenance. Inspect the deck for rotting or warped boards and replace them. Pressure wash the surface to remove mold or algae growth and sand any rough spots. Apply a coat of stain or sealant to protect the wood from the elements. Pressure-treated lumber will need to be re-sealed every year to keep it looking its best.
Add Mulch to Flower Beds as Part of Your Summer Home Maintenance
Mulch improves the aesthetic of your garden beds and helps the soil retain moisture. Especially during summer, plants need plenty of water. Mulching around annuals and perennials protects plants from the heat of the sun and suppresses weed growth. Adding mulch also boosts curb appeal by making the flower beds look neat and well-kept.
Paint the Front Door
Choosing a new color for the front door will draw attention to your entryway and improve curb appeal. Sand the door before painting and select a color that complements the style and décor of your home. After painting the door, install new hardware. A new doorknob, knocker, and kick plate will add a bold touch to the entrance of your home. Potted plants placed on either side of the door bring color to the area and make the space feel inviting.