I know that when it comes to home maintenance in the Summer, you, like myself, would rather be out doing anything else. Boating on one of the beautiful lakes, camping at one of the awesome state parks in Wisconsin, enjoying a beer at the Terrace, anything sounds better than maintenance. The good news is that there is not a lot of home maintenance necessary in the Summer, so here’s what we would recommend.
- Keep your deck nice and shiny! Make sure you evaluate what is necessary to keep your deck looking as nice as possible for those backyard barbecues. If it’s time for a clean and polish the easiest steps to take are getting a good power washer and the best stain possible to treat your deck. You do not want to choose a cheap coat of stain because you will be maintaining the deck every Summer and miss out on a Mallards game or two. You also want to look around to see if you see any rotted boards or popped nails and screws. Nothing says ‘ouch” like stubbing your toe on a nail or screw and well, falling through the deck while entertaining is not only embarrassing it could also hurt quite a bit.
- Clean your dryer vent. Sounds super sexy and really exciting I know. Maybe use it as an excuse if you don’t want to go to Uncle Joe’s barbecue. Be sure you take the sections apart to ensure you are removing any lint and dust from all parts. Not even Downy fabric softeners can take away the smell of burnt house so be sure to be thorough in your cleaning.
- Change your air filter in your furnace. Chances are good that you will start using the air conditioning in the Summer and this is a great time to put a fresh filter in. Especially given the levels of pollen and dust that could settle from the late Spring to early Summer. Again, be sure to buy a decent filter so that you do not have to replace it every month.
- Clean your Gutters. This is a really important home maintenance tip for the Summer as it is the time of year in Wisconsin where we could get torrential downpours and the two biggest reasons you will have water in your basement are clogged gutters and poor grading. No need to float away when it’s so easy to clean all that slimy goodness out of your gutters in just a few hours.
- Ceiling Fans. Always a good idea to give those blades a good wipe down, but more importantly switch the ceiling fan’s blades so the leading edge is higher as the fan turns, so you can feel the breeze from the fan as it rotates. This will help you cool the home efficiently and save you a little extra cash to order up a Mojito or two.
So there you have it. Some simple Summer home maintenance tips that will help you keep your home looking and feeling fresh. Now get on that boat and enjoy your Summer! Oh, and if you would like to see a few lake homes while you are on the boat, take a look below…
From the desk of: Mark Gladue
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