Summertime Home Maintenance Items

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 DRE# ER40011786

 

When you are a homeowner, there are items you need to keep up with so the repairs don't cost you a fortune. There are items each season to do, and the following are the summertime maintenance items.

 

Depending on what part of the country you live, these home maintenance items will differ. Here is what homeowners around the Denver metro area should work on -

 

1. You should have already inspected your furnace and air conditioner condenser and cleaned them. This does help the system work more efficiently, therefore saving some utility dollars.

2. Clean your grill. With warm weather, many are grilling their dinners, and you want to have a clean environment for this. If you have a pressure washer, this way is best, but you and wipe and and scrub by hand also. Replace the pan for the dripping grease before it overflows.

3. Check your deck. Our constant sun, and snow tends to be harsh on wooden deck and surfaces. Do they need stain/paint, replacement of some boards? Is it all stable? I would recommend calling a professional to do this. You can be sure all fasteners are tight.

4. Pest Control. Bugs are running around everywhere, and are they getting into your home? There are pest control products you can purchase, but the pest control companies have product that will last 2-3 months even with wet weather. Seal up cracks, place glue trap boards where pests may be getting in, and spray pest deterrent.

5. Dust those areas you don't normally see. Have you looked at the top of your ceiling fan, or how about the vents near the ceiling? We tend not to notice these area, and are frequently neglected. Dust that builds up is bad for air quality. Take a peek at the cabinet tops too, while you have the ladder out.

6. Cleaning mattresses, pillows and rugs. When was the last time you cleaned your mattress and pillows? Sunlight kills dust mites, so pillows, rugs and mattresses can all be brought outside and placed in direct sunlight. Be mindful of the weather and pollen in the air. There are pillows you can machine-wash.

7. Trim hedges and get lawn into shape. Trim hedges, prune shrubs and flowers, this keeps them from growing out of control. They will grow thicker, rather than tall/thin ones and produce more flowers and fruit. Herbs growing in gardens repel pests.

Hope this helps!

 

Comments (16)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Joan - the quote "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" comes to mind while reading your post.  Hopefully, homeowners understand the value of regular maintenance.  

Aug 03, 2020 09:51 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Joan Cox - all are checked off my list.  Very good reminders.

Aug 03, 2020 10:06 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Michael, I agree, and better to do maintenance rather than expensive repairs.

Aug 03, 2020 10:35 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Good job Grant, and you have TWO homes to do your maintenance on!  

Aug 03, 2020 10:35 AM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Hi Joan Cox I think I got a 100 on that test of inspections and maintenance areas....LOL

Aug 03, 2020 11:55 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Good job Barbara Todaro I would expect that from you! 

Aug 03, 2020 02:14 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Goo afternoon Joan Cox ,

Great timely post! Good reminders ansd already checked off my list.

Aug 03, 2020 03:03 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Good job Dorie! 

Aug 04, 2020 06:42 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

These are great tips and the components of our homes will definitely perform better and last longer if we maintain them properly.

Aug 04, 2020 07:13 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Brian, you are spot on, do the maintenance and save money on repairs down the road! 

Aug 04, 2020 10:23 AM
Dena Stevens Coriz
Rocky Mountain Realty - Canon City, CO
Putting The Real Into Realtor Since 2004

Trimming trees is a big one. Did you know trees can block satilite signals?

Aug 14, 2020 07:35 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Dena Stevens Coriz Morning!   I did not know that, but we don't have a lot of trees.

Aug 15, 2020 06:26 AM
Greg Mona
eXp Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Professional Real Estate Representation for YOU!

 This is a wonderful list, Joan Cox! It's amazing how fast time flies! Speaking for myself, I'll say things like jeez, didn't I just clean that thing (fill in the blank) a month or two ago? and then reality sets in and it had been more like a year! This is SO true with home maintenance! One thing I do accomplish religiously is replacing my AC/Furnace filters. With us here in metro-Phoenix smashing heat records every day it seems, the last thing you want if for your AC to go out. Yikes!

Aug 17, 2020 02:19 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Greg Mona I went to pick up new filters yesterday too, have to keep the A/C running.  We are to be 98 here today, and think too many 90 degree days.   TOO HOT, cannot imagine how hot you guys are! 

Aug 18, 2020 07:33 AM
Mary Hutchison, SRES, ABR
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate-Kansas City Homes - Kansas City, MO
Experienced Agent in Kansas City Metro area

And now is the time to get these things done!  I would add--clean out a couple of closets!! TIme to purge!

Aug 18, 2020 11:53 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Mary, closets are always needing a bit of purging - have fun! 

Aug 18, 2020 03:42 PM