Summer Cleaning and Maintenance List

Dated: 06/21/2018

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Summer temperatures are quickly rising well into the 90-degree range. With the holidays just around the corner, get your home up to snuff, comfortable and ready for that big family barbeque. Here is a quick cleaning and maintenance list to get your home and yard looking and feeling great for summer. After all, a clean home is a happy home!

Your home:

  • Make sure to get an air conditioning unit tune-up and replace any dusty filters.

  • Check the batteries and functionality of all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

  • Inspect your roof for damaged or missing shingles and leaks. Detecting a small problem now prevents a larger, leakier problem in the future.

  • Wash your windows if you haven’t already. Nothing can freshen up the outside of your home and provide great curb appeal like sparkling windows.

  • Clean out those gutters to help with the appearance and curb appeal of your home.

  • Pressure washing the exterior of your home annually is another way to show that you take pride in your home and the way it looks.

  • If you have a deck and/or porch now is a great time to inspect them for possible repairs such as replacing rotten boards and pinning down nails that stick out. They may also need polishing or a new coat of stain.

  • Don’t forget to clean and shine up the grill!

Your yard:

  • Add an additional layer of mulch to aid in weed control. Extra mulch also helps your garden retain moisture in the heat and gives your plants a chance to grow.

  • Patch any cracks and holes in the driveway. A good pressure wash also freshens up that aging driveway.  

  • Primp and prune your plants especially those around the AC unit. Clear away all foliage within 18-inches of the sides of the unit and at least three feet above. The better the air circulation the more efficient your unit can provide comfortable living and savings.

  • Look for leaks from hoses, faucets and the sprinkler system. Even small leaks can add up to big costs.

  • Plan your watering schedule. An ideal watering schedule trains your plants to endure dryer days by promoting the growth of deep and strong roots. To achieve this, you can water deeply a few times a week versus lightly every day.

  • Leave the dirt outside and get two doormats for the main entry and one doormat for all other entries. Sweep out the garage consistently to avoid tracking dirt back in.

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Sid Magill

I have a very diverse background and lots of experience. I grew up outside the US. I began my university studies in New Mexico and finished in Utah. I Graduated with a BS in Business and Healthcare Ad....

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