15 Summer Chicago-Area Home Maintenance Tips

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15 Summer Chicago-Area 
Home Maintenance Tips



     Temperatures in the Chicago area are to be in the mid-80's today.   Finally!  Warmer weather has arrived!


     If you're a Chicago-area homeowner like I am, this means you're heading outdoors to perform routine summer maintenance chores.  Particularly after this year's hard and long winter, there's plenty to be tackled.


     Having a Checklist of items helps me remember what needs to be accomplished around my home and property for the hot summer months ahead.  Below you'll find the handy checklist I use.  Hope it proves useful as you assess and maintenance your home ...

 
 
Warm Weather Home 
Maintenance Checklist
 
 
    1.  Evaluate and inspect your roof.  Check for missing or loose shingles.  Examine the flashing around the chimney and any skylights.
    2.  Inspect your gutters, downspouts, and exterior drains.  Clean them of any debris.  Make sure gutters and downspouts are securely attached to your home.
    3.  Check your HVAC system.  Have a professional perform a thorough check-up.  An annual check-up should include the changing of any filters and cleaning.
   4.  Repair your driveway and sidewalks.  Freezing cold, salt, and snow can be damaging.  Patch cracks and re-seal, where applicable. 
   5.  Inspect the siding of your home.
   6.  Check and/or replace window and door seals.  Caulk so windows and doors remain airtight and watertight and you keep pests/bugs out.
   7.  Check your window and door locks to make sure they are working properly.
   8.  Check pipes inside and out for leaks caused by winter's freezing.
   9.  Clean and pressure-wash any decks.  Repair any loose handrails, boards.  Re-stain, seal, or paint to protect the wood and improve curb appeal.
 10.  Take a good look at your lawn and landscaping.  Repair, rake, clean, prune, and weed away winter's remains and dead vegetation.
 11.  Trim back tree, bushes, and shrubs.
 12.  Inspect and repair any fencing on your property.
 13.  Open up basement windows and air your basement out.
 14.  Inspect all detectors in your home.  Replace batteries.
 15.   Inspect your attic for leaks or infestation.  
 
 
     Note:  I recently found an App that offers seasonal home maintenance tips and suggestions.  It will remind you when to perform valuable routine maintenance around your home.  You can download it to either iPhones or Androids.  
 
     Click here to get this helpful App:  
 
 
     
     You've now maintenanced, protected, and increased the value of your home.  Relax and enjoy beautiful Chicagoland ... 
 
 
 
     
 
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Trisha Bush-LeFore
Preferred Properties Land & Homes - Walla Walla, WA
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Gene,

Thanks for sharing this great checklist for summer maintenance chores. Definitely helpful. And it is that time of year.

May 26, 2014 05:34 AM #1
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Yep ... better to tackle them now then pay a contractor later too.  Glad you found them beneficial, Trisha ...

Gene

May 26, 2014 06:33 AM #2
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George Souto
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Gene, all good tips and I do most of these every year, but the very first one on your list I leave up to someone else.  I don't do heights :)

May 26, 2014 11:21 AM #3
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Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
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Good morning Gene. Nice job this list together, you didn't leave anything out. All homeowners should use your list as a guide.

Make it a great week!

May 26, 2014 07:08 PM #4
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Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
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Gene, this maintenance list is a great one. Too often we think of winterizing a property, but forget the spring/summer maintenance that's also important. Glad you're enjoying some nice warm days!

May 27, 2014 12:45 AM #5
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Nick T Pappas
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Gene, great list for home owners and something for people to consider before they buy a home...there is a lot of work to do when you buy a home

May 27, 2014 11:48 AM #7
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Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
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I don't bounce as well as I used to either, George.  Or heal either, now that you mention it ...

Thanks, Joe ... I try to be thorough ...

Lottie:  Full 4 seasons of maintenance to see to, especially here in the Chicago area.  Glad you found the post beneficial ...

JP:  Thanks for your info and input ...

Nick:  There is ... but worth it.  And there's a pride in doing the work too ...

Gene

May 27, 2014 11:56 AM #8
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Ron Marshall
Marshall Enterprises - Saint Michael, MN
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Great tips there, Gene Mundt, for keeping your home well-maintained in the Chicago summer!  Hope you have a great week!

Jun 01, 2014 12:28 AM #9
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You too, Ron!  Glad you liked the tips provided ...

Gene

Jun 01, 2014 11:48 AM #10
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