Most homeowners struggle to manage all the maintenance chores and endless repairs that snowy winter leaves in its wake. Spring is all about repairing structural and cosmetic damages caused by the melting snow. And by the time summer arrives, property owners barely have time to catch their breath, attending to repairs and damages.
Summer is the perfect time of the year to invest in sprucing up your property. It's the longest season, marked by warm weather, heat waves, and humidity. However, neglecting summertime maintenance and repair needs can compromise your life quality and the structural integrity of your home. If you don't have a lot of time or need help clarifiying your space Urban Clarity can help.
Let's take a look at some practical tips to help you get your home ready for summer.
HVAC Cleaning & Maintenance
When the heat starts pouring, the HVAC system keeps our indoor environment cool and comfortable. However, the system requires regular cleaning and maintenance to maintain its cooling capacity and energy efficiency. Hence, it's essential to undertake the cleaning and servicing of the system to eliminate any debris buildup and damages.
After all, you want your HVAC unit to work at its optimal efficiency with minimal energy consumption. Be sure to get the AC condenser thoroughly cleaned because this outdoor unit tends to get extremely dirty with debris buildups. Most units become inefficient and start consuming more electricity because of debris buildups in the condenser.
Cleaning out the condenser and opting for HVAC preventive maintenance will ensure that it functions well all summer long. Hiring an expert to do the job is more viable than DIY because HVAC damages can lead up to an enormous expense. A preventive maintenance strategy allows homeowners to increase the lifespan of their unit and enjoy maximum efficiency.
Mission: Power Washing
Summer is an excellent time for power washing the walls, garage, and other debris-filled areas of your home. When the snow melts all spring, it creates an overwhelming amount of filth, debris, junk, and clutter. Conducting a detailed inspection of your property will introduce you to debris discoloring the walls, garage door, alleys and pathways, and the gutters.
The discolorations, junk, and filth can ruin the curb appeal of your home, giving it a dingy and unkempt look. Luckily, there's no problem that a pressure washer can't fix, and you don't even have to dedicate an entire day to scrubbing. Flooding the wall, gutters, and outdoor spaces with water and cleaning liquids will do the trick splendidly.
However, it's wise to clear out all the clutter, pine needles, leaves, and other junk before starting the pressure washer. Then, you can wash everything once you've cleaned out the gutters and pipes. If this seems too much of an effort, you can always hire professionals to do the job.
The winter season is particularly hard on the roof structure, with snowstorms, rain spells, and strong winds. All these weather changes and turbulences test the integrity, sturdiness, and durability of the roof. However, humidity is the most dangerous element of weather that can weaken the roof structure over time.
Summertime roof inspections and maintenance are essential to preserving the integrity and stability of your home. Therefore, we strongly advise homeowners to closely inspect the roof, siding, exterior doors, windows, and glass inserts. Spring also accompanies storms and rain, so summer is the best time for these maintenance chores.
Carefully examine the roof and side windows for signs of damages. Be sure to address all repairs immediately to prevent them from aggravating. It's wise to engage a roofing professional if you have little or no knowledge about roof structures.
Reclaim your Outdoor Spaces
Unless your family is crazy about bonfires and toasting marshmallows, most homeowners end up disconnecting with their outdoor spaces. Families flock indoors to soak up the warmth of the heating system and fireplaces, desperate to keep the chilly wind outdoors. Once the spring storms subside, homeowners prepare their outdoor spaces to plan for summertime BBQs and garden parties to rejoice in the balmy evenings with family and friends.
Everything may seem overwhelmingly chaotic at first, but just removing all the junk will make things amazingly easier. Start by eliminating all the junk, litter, and clutter, and then mowing the lawn and pruning the trees. Once everything is in good shape and all the debris is lifted, bring out the pressure washer. Next, wash all the alleys, pathways, wooden decks, and concrete patios to eliminate all streaks of dirt and debris.
A fresh coat of paint can pour new life and zest into the exterior walls, deck, and patio. It will also help get rid of the discoloration and grime accumulated over winter and spring. Finally, don't forget to clean and dust your outdoor furniture, and consider changing the cushion covers and rugs for a quick makeover.
Boost the Curb Appeal
The curb appeal sets the first impression of your house. If the first impression is dingy and grime-ridden, who would want to step inside? Sprucing up and correcting the curb appeal is a must-have summertime property maintenance chore.
It's normal for the front lawn and exterior walls to appear unkempt and messy after a long and hard winter season. However, you can correct the discolorations and grime in no time. Start by clearing all the junk and evening out the front lawn. Then, you can work towards the enhancements you'd like to work on to boost the curb appeal.
Many homeowners enhance their curb appeal by planting beds of precious seasonal blooms and summery aromas. Creating an alley lined with colorful pots will also work wonders. Finally, be sure to invest in a fresh coat of paint for the exterior walls, porch, and fence.
A thorough and diligent summertime home inspection is of the utmost significance. Homeowners who prioritize inspections and prevention end up saving thousands of dollars by eliminating avoidable repairs. Keeping an eye on all home systems and structures will help you preserve and enhance your property's structural and cosmetic integrity throughout the year.