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Your Summer Home Checklist

Summer officially begins June 20th. Start it off right by maintaining your home, both inside and out.

  • Clean and check your grill. Make sure there’s enough propane in the tank if necessary, and charcoal if you use it.
  • Add or change outdoor lighting. Check for burnt-out bulbs, nearly-used up candles, and check the effectiveness of your motion sensor lights.
  • Clean and repair outdoor furniture. Make sure nothing is rusting on it, the joints are sturdy, bugs are off of it, etc.
  • Check your hose and sprinkler system. Make sure your hose doesn’t have leaks, and that the fittings are still good. Make sure your sprinkler system doesn’t have leaks or other issues.
  • Check up and fix yard and power tools. Get a tune-up for your lawn mower, and have the blades sharpened.
  • Get your air conditioning system serviced. This is especially good if it’s older. It might also save you money in the long run.
  • Schedule any outdoor projects, including gardening or landscaping.
  • Plan your watering schedule.
  • Check your roof. This should be an annual event.
  • Clean your gutters after the flowers, seeds, and blossoms are done blowing off in late spring.
  • Check your windows. The sealants are important for energy conservation.
  • Wash your windows.
  • Pressure wash your house, driveway, and walkways if you need to.
  • Maintain your pool, if you have one.
  • Take precautions against pests, both outdoors and indoors. Have citronella candles, bug zappers, etc. near your outdoor space.
  • Clean or change out your doormats.
  • Check your insulation. It’s just as important in the summer months as it is the winter ones in terms of energy efficiency.
  • Organize your kids’ things. Artwork, prized assignments, books, etc.
  • If you go to the pool, set up a place for wet towels and bathing suits.
  • Check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

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