Home Maintenance Projects You Should Tackle Now

 

The first day of fall is just a few weeks away! With the lazy days of summer winding down, it’s the perfect time to tackle some of those forgotten home projects and get ready for the cool season ahead. 

From preparing your yard for early morning frosts to getting in some late summer cleaning — there are plenty of places around your home and yard that can benefit from some end-of-the-season attention! 

End of Summer Home Maintenance Tips for 2021: 
Mulch Your Grass: After mowing your lawn one last time this season, don’t bag your clippings! Instead, let those clippings settle into your lawn to help trap moisture near the soil and keep your grass hydrated for a few extra weeks this fall. 

Trim Branches & Bushes: Before fall arrives, trim the overgrown spots or branches from your trees and bushes. This can help them come back stronger next spring and means less leaves for you to clean up as the weather gets colder. 

Inspect Your Driveway, Walkways & Patio: As the weather cools, asphalt and concrete have the tendency to crack and move. Try to prevent this by filling any small cracks or fixing loose pavement in your driveways or walkways. 

Check Windows for Drafts: Take a moment to walk through your home and check the seals and caulking around your window frames. Properly sealed windows will keep your home from losing heat — and you from losing money — on cold days.  

Prepare Your Heating & Air Systems: Speaking of heating your home, don’t forget to check your heating and air systems! Clean out your ducts and perform any maintenance or repairs that are needed to keep your equipment in tip-top shape before you really need them. 

Scrub Your Summer Essentials: There’s nothing worse than opening up the shed on a warm day in March to find your summer favorites still caked in dirt and sand! Wash your outdoor furniture, clean off your gardening equipment, wash your beach towels, scrub your grill, and clean and drain your lawn mower to avoid a headache in the spring. 

 

 

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Home Maintenance Projects You Should Tackle in August

August is arguably one of the best months to tackle some important maintenance projects around the home. As summer winds down, August promises some cooler temperatures — and we want to make sure our homes are prepared for the change.

Tackle a few (or all!) of these projects throughout the month to keep your home healthy and happy — both inside and out.

EXTERIOR

  • Clean your gutters. Remove any leaves and debris from your gutters to avoid clogging. This helps move water away from your home so it doesn’t collect around your foundation and seep into your crawl space or basement.
  • Inspect roof. A happy roof means a happy home! Check your roof to make sure it is free of damage and debris, and replace any missing or damaged shingles if needed.
  • Power wash driveway, patio and deck. Your outdoor areas have likely seen a lot of foot traffic this summer. Create a clean slate by removing dirt and grime from your driveway, patio and deck!
  • Check for small animal entries. Make sure there are no entry points to your attic, crawl space or basement for small critters, who will be looking for a warm place to stay once the temperatures cool.
  • Trim trees. Trim off any low-hanging or weak branches that may break off in fall or winter storms.

INTERIOR

  • Check for air leaks. Before the cold weather hits, check for air leaks throughout your home. On a windy day, turn off central air and light a candle or a stick of incense. Walk around to exterior doors or windows to see if the flame or smoke changes direction! If so, locate the leak and patch it with caulk or another sealant.
  • Vacuum coils behind refrigerator. This can be an important step in prolonging the life of your refrigerator, as dust or pet hair can prevent it from cooling properly and efficiently. Vacuum the coils every 6 months to a year — or more often if you have pets.
  • Deep clean carpets and rugs. After all that indoor/outdoor living, your carpets and rugs may be in need of a deep clean. Consider shampooing them, if necessary!
  • Maintain your furnace. Make sure your furnace is running properly before fall hits. Schedule a preventative tune-up and inspection to ensure all is in working order.

Take Heart.

Don’t worry. All your hard work will pay off this fall — and beyond!

 

 

 

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