Everything you need to do to keep your home and yard in tip-top shape this summer.
- Check detectors. Check your home’s smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to make sure they’re working properly.
- Inspect air-conditioners. If you haven’t already, prep air conditioners and fans for their busiest season. Clean the exterior condenser coils and replace/clean the filter by the furnace before firing up the AC. If the unit is older, consider a professional servicing. Clean all ceiling fans and other fans with a damp rag.
- Enjoy a dry spell. Install an outdoor clothesline to dry your laundry in the summer sun: you’ll save money and energy by skipping the dryer. Plus, who doesn’t love the smell of air-dried sheets.
- Clean your grill. Give your grill a deep cleaning with these simple steps: Turn the heat up to high and let the grill cook with the lid closed for about half an hour. Allow the grill to cool and then brush it off with a grill brush. Wipe down the exterior with a damp sponge and a gentle cleanser. Clean the grill’s drip pans.
- Analyze your deck. Look over your deck for sign of rotting and hammer in any nail heads that are poking up. Re-paint or re-seal the deck if needed.
- Wash your windows. If you didn’t tackle exterior window washing in the spring, now’s the time to get your glass clean.
- Be a leak detective. Check your hoses and exterior faucets for leaks..fix as needed.
- Primp your plants. Deadhead both perennials and annuals to keep them productive. If you have visible dead foliage from spring bulbs, pull it out to maintain a tidy look, but if the daffodil or tulip leaves are still green, leave them alone; they’re busy nourishing the bulb to bloom again next year.
- Plan your watering schedule. Train your garden to endure dry days by watering deeply a couple of times a week, instead of watering lightly daily. This style of watering will promote the growth of deep, strong roots.
Summer checklist by On The Lookout Home Inspections.