[Article compliments of Travelers.com]
For many, there is no better time of the year than summertime to be outside in the yard enjoying the weather and sunshine. Warm temperatures and longer days make the perfect backdrop for picnicking, barbecuing or just enjoying drinks and snacks on the deck or patio.
Your home in the summer should be a source of enjoyment, both inside and outside. The harsh winter, however, can leave its mark, which can temper or even ruin your summer enjoyment if you do not prepare. A bit of time spent on seasonal maintenance can keep your home in top shape for the warmest season.
Start of the Season
Preparing your home for the warmer months should produce a sense of enjoyment, not dread at what might be damaged, broken or need replacing. If you do find any damage, make any necessary repairs right away to mitigate further damage and help keep you and your family safe.
Be sure to check both inside and outside the home for damage or wear and tear, as well as evidence of any unwanted guests such as wildlife or rodents. Also, walk the property to make sure everything is where it should be, and do a long-range as well as close visual inspection of the house.
Inside the House
It is good practice to check the locks on your doors each season to make sure they are secure. Do this by opening the doors and make sure they close and latch properly. Inside the home, check all window locks to ensure they all function correctly. Check window and door screens for any holes.
Check electrical outlets and cords for potential fire hazards, such as frayed wires or loose-fitting plugs. To avoid a potential fire, be sure not to overload electrical outlets, fuse boxes, extension cords or any other power service.
Carefully inspect your toilet. Look for the leaking or issues with the toilet float valve, and check all pipe connections. Also, inspect washing machine hoses, and replace any hoses that show signs of cracking, wear or leakage.
Clean or replace your furnace filter to reduce any fire hazard. Likewise with your dryer vent and lint trap, as well as the space under your dryer.
Outside the House
The living space beyond the four walls also may need a little TLC after the harsh winter. Check any wood structures, including steps and decks, for rot or other deterioration, and repair or replace any rotted or loose boards and protruding nails.
If you have a swing set or other type of recreational equipment on your property, inspect it for any potential dangers such as rusty bolts or sharp edges, and make sure it is in good condition and operates properly.
Check the windows and doors, and their frames, for any evidence of damage, and walk the perimeter of the house for any obvious changes or damage. Also, have your roof inspected by a professional once every few years to identify areas of potential leakage.
Your home in the summer should be a place of relaxation and enjoyment. By taking steps to properly and regularly maintain your house, it will remain a source of pleasure for years to come.