Outdoor Home Maintenance Checklist for Late Summer
Late summer/early fall is a great time to work on your home and tackle those projects you have been putting off. Here’s a list of a few easy ideas to get you started.
Home Maintenance Tasks for Late Summer
1. Clean the Gutters
If your home sits under a pollinating tree, then your gutters might have brown or yellow stains dripping down the sides from the spring’s pollination cycle. Even if it doesn’t, leaves may have accumulated which not only clog gutters, but can cause stains as well. Now is a great time to scrub your gutters down because the weather is warm, and they’ll stay relatively clean until throughout fall. Still, you will want to complete this task again in late fall/early winter after the leaves have fallen.
2. Clean Exterior Lights
Have you ever cleaned out the dead bugs from your home’s exterior lights? Many people don’t think to do this, but those bugs add up. They not only look gross, but they also dim the quality of the light. This is an easy chore that will give your home a brighter, cleaner look.
3. Fix Concrete Cracks
If you have a concrete driveway, patio, or path, you know that the winter and summer months can be brutal on these areas. The constant freezing and melting, as well as the summer heat, all contribute to cracks. If left unattended, these cracks will get wider with each successive winter season. If the crack is small, buy concrete caulk. Simply clean out the crack (a pressure washer works great for this) and apply the caulk. If the crack is large, then you’ll need to apply a concrete patch. Early fall is the best time to complete this home maintenance task.
4. Caulk the Exterior
Caulk not only helps protect the exterior of your home from the elements, but it also helps keep it air-tight, which means lower monthly utility bills for you. Exterior caulking should be done once per year. And you sure don’t want to do this outdoor project during the dead of winter or during a wet fall or spring. Start caulking around windows and doors first. If your home has a wooden exterior, use clear caulk between any slats that are separating or open.
5. Clean and Seal Your Deck
Decks get dirty. Give your deck a good scrubbing with a stiff brush and soap or use a power-washer. Then, apply a fresh coat of sealer to protect the wood from rain and next winter’s snow. Not only will this keep your deck in good repair for years to come, but it looks great too!
6. Purchase Outdoor Furniture
August is actually the best time to buy outdoor furniture. Stock up now and save with all the sales.
7. Add an Outdoor Fireplace
If you’ve been dreaming about summer nights in front of an outdoor fireplace, now’s the time to make it happen. Create a safe space in your yard for a fire pit; it shouldn’t be close to overhanging trees and should be at least 15 feet from the house. Dig into the ground to form a circle three feet in diameter. Pour sand in the bottom, and then surround it with a metal fire pit ring, which can be purchased inexpensively from any home improvement store. Once you’ve gathered some wood, you’re good to go!
8. Air Conditioning Maintenance
If you haven’t done it already, now’s the time to get your air conditioning tuned up and installed for summer. Call Pacific Air Systems and schedule today. If you plan on doing any work on an air conditioning system, make sure the power to the system, both to the condenser and to the evaporator assembly, is turned off.
Besides scheduling annual air conditioning maintenance with a professional, there are some things you can do as a homeowner to make sure your HVAC system is in top shape:
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