What time is it? Summertime! As things are heating up, you and your family are probably excitedly making plans for the warm months ahead. While fun summer activities are sure to dominate this agenda, you should also set aside a weekend to prepare your Wisconsin home using this summer maintenance checklist. This may not sound as thrilling as the other plans you have lined up, but these tips will ensure that your home is in prime shape and ready to endure the dog days of summer.
Chores to Do Inside Your Home
You can start with these indoor tasks on days that are still a little cooler or rainy. If you followed our spring maintenance checklist, your home should already be nice and tidy, making it easy for you to tackle these summer chores:
✔ Rotate & Dust Ceiling Fans
Many homeowners reverse the direction of their ceiling fans depending on the season. For the summer, you’ll want your fans spinning counter-clockwise to push air down and keep things cool. Turn your fan on, check the direction it spins, and turn it off to flip the switch if need be. While you’re up there, take the opportunity to wipe down the blades for dust and allergens.
✔ Service Air Conditioners
It’s that time of year again: lugging your air conditioners up from the basement or garage and placing them in your windows. Before you plug them in, be sure to remove and clean the filters, as well as the rest of the unit. If you have central air-conditioning, consider hiring a professional to service your system.
✔ Check Detectors
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, you should check your smoke detectors at least once a month and replace the batteries once or twice a year. If it’s been awhile or you can’t remember the last time you swapped the batteries, now is a good time to put fresh ones in all your alarms, especially with summer being a dry season.
Projects for Your Outdoor Space
On sunnier days, you can multi-task by performing these outdoor errands while working on your tan – score!
✔ Clean Your Grill
There’s a whole lot of summer barbecues ahead of you, but did you remember to thoroughly clean your grill before storing it away last year? If you didn’t, your secret is safe with us. However, you’ll want to deep-clean your grill before firing it up and throwing some burgers and brats on it.
✔ Inspect Your Siding & Roof
Now is the time to take a look at your siding and your roof, checking for chipped paint, algae growth, and loose shingles. You may need to touch up some spots on your siding with paint, or power-wash algae off your home.
This is probably already on your to-do list, but landscaping is especially important for keeping your home in working order and also protecting it from pests. Be sure to trim branches and shrubs so they don’t touch your gutters and windows, especially ones with air conditioner units in them. Keep up with mowing and weeding to ensure your home’s curb appeal is always at its best.
This maintenance checklist is sure to start your summer off on the right foot, giving you peace of mind that your home is in prime condition and ready for the hot, sunny days. However, if you find yourself wanting to tackle a larger project like a roof replacement or new deck, turn to the experts at Tundraland – we’d be happy to help you out! Feel free to contact us today to learn more.