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Ultimate Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

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for Puget Sound Homeowners: Boost Your Property Value and Comfort

Summer is here in the beautiful Puget Sound, and I know, I know – who wants to add more things to the to-do list when the sun is shining, and the beach is calling? But trust me, a little effort now can save you a lot of headaches later and even boost your home’s value. So, grab a cold drink, and let’s tackle this summer home maintenance checklist together!

1. Inspect and Clean Your Roof and Gutters

  • Roof Inspection: Check for missing, damaged, or loose shingles. Spotting issues early can prevent costly repairs down the line.
  • Gutter Cleaning: Clear out leaves and debris to ensure water flows freely. Proper drainage prevents water damage to your home’s foundation.

 

2. Maintain Your HVAC System

  • Filter Replacement: Keep your HVAC running smoothly by replacing or cleaning filters. Your system will thank you with cool, fresh air.
  • Professional Service: Schedule a professional tune-up to catch any issues and keep your home cool and comfortable.

3. Check Windows and Doors

  • Seals and Caulking: Replace any worn-out weather stripping or caulking to improve energy efficiency and keep the cool air inside.
  • Screen Repair: Fix or replace damaged screens to let in the fresh air and keep out the bugs.

4. Prepare Your Outdoor Spaces

  • Deck and Patio: Clean and seal your deck to protect it from the elements. Check for loose boards or nails and make necessary repairs.
  • Outdoor Furniture: Clean your outdoor furniture and inspect for any damage. Repair or replace items as needed for those perfect summer evenings.

5. Landscaping and Yard Care

  • Lawn Maintenance: Keep your lawn lush and green with regular mowing, watering, and fertilizing.
  • Tree and Shrub Pruning: Trim overgrown trees and shrubs to promote healthy growth and keep them away from your home.

6. Inspect Plumbing

  • Leaks and Drips: Check faucets, hoses, and sprinkler systems for leaks. Repairing these saves water and prevents damage.
  • Water Heater: Inspect for corrosion or leaks and flush the tank to remove sediment buildup.

7. Safety Checks

  • Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Test all detectors and replace batteries if needed. Safety first!
  • Fire Extinguishers: Check expiration dates and pressure gauges. Replace or recharge as necessary.

 

8. Paint and Exterior Maintenance

  • Touch-Up Paint: Check for chipped or peeling paint and touch up those areas to protect your siding and boost curb appeal.
  • Pressure Washing: Clean your home’s exterior surfaces, including siding, walkways, and driveways, to remove dirt and mildew.

9. Pool and Spa Care

  • Regular Cleaning: Maintain chemical levels, clean filters, and remove debris regularly to keep your pool or spa in top shape.
  • Safety Measures: Ensure all safety measures, like gates and pool covers, are in good condition.

10. Plan for Future Improvements

  • Project Planning: Summer is a great time to plan for future home improvement projects. Think about upgrades that can boost your home’s value, like a kitchen remodel or adding energy-efficient features.
  • Budgeting: Set a budget for your projects and explore financing options if needed.

Regular home maintenance is key to preserving and enhancing your property’s value. By following this summer checklist, you can ensure your home remains in excellent condition while enjoying the best of the season. For personalized advice or assistance with your real estate needs, feel free to reach out – I’m here to help you make the most of your home investment.

Enjoy your summer and happy home maintaining! 🌞🏡

Maureen Briere

Hey there! I’m Maureen, a community blogger and Real Estate Broker at American Classic Homes Real Estate in the Pacific Northwest. Here to help you find your perfect home and share tips on living your best life in the PNW. Let’s come home together to the Pacific Northwest!

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