Summer is all about barbecues on the deck, long days at the beach, and weekends spent splashing in the pool… which is why home maintenance probably isn’t the first (or fiftieth) thing on your mind. But even though taking care of chores is never the most fun, there are a few projects that really should handled during the summer months. Not up for the hassle or headache? Don’t fret; a Thumbtack professional can help you with all of them while you kick back with a good book and cold glass of lemonade.
Clean the Carpets
The experts suggest you vacuum your home at least twice a week. (Which, to be honest, is probably one time more a week than most people actually do.) But they also recommend you hire a professional carpet cleaner for high-traffic areas every year and for the entire carpet every two years. (And even more often if you have pets or kids.) After your carpet is professionally cleaned, it can take anywhere from two to 24 hours for it to dry, depending on air flow, humidity and carpet type, so this is the perfect chore to schedule the day you’re leaving for a summer getaway.
Clean Your Gutters
It’s best to clean the gutters in the spring to get rid of any water or debris that accumulated over the winter, but if you’ve been putting it off, don’t wait any longer as clogged gutters can cause foundation damage, roof and wood damage, landscape erosion, and general mayhem. Though you might be able to do this yourself, a professional will remove all materials from the roof, gutters, and downspouts, check the overall condition of your gutters, advise you about any repairs needed, and leave your yard free of debris.
Take Care of Your Deck
Summer is all about hanging outside on the deck. So, at the very least, your deck probably needs to be power washed to get it looking tip-top. But now’s also the time to inspect for damage and replace any loose or rotting boards. In addition, though you may not be happy to hear it, experts suggest you refinish your deck every year, which involves power washing, removing the finish or seal, lightly sanding, and then applying a new coat of finish. You could do it yourself… or you could bring an expert who will have all of the tools and get it done in half the time.
Spruce Up Your Paint Job
Summer is the optimal time for painting house exteriors thanks to warm weather and a scarcity of rain. Assess if now’s the time for a new paint job or if you have any peeling paint that needs to be touched up.
Patch Driveway Cracks
Winter can wreck havoc on driveways, so now’s a good time to repair any cracks in concrete or asphalt driveways. Depending on the shape it’s in, you may also want to have it pressure washed and resealed.
Clean Your Windows
Summer is a great time to get your windows cleaned and let the sunshine in.
Inspect Crawl Spaces
Now’s the time you want to thoroughly inspect your home’s crawl space, which can be home to mold, fungus, pests, standing water, and more. Considering this requires crawling around in the dirt and dark, this is something a lot of homeowner’s put off doing, but if there is something wrong, it can easily cost thousands of dollars, so it’s not worth putting off. Especially since you can hire someone to inspect it for you.
Get Your Lawn Mower Serviced
If you have a big lawn, you probably have a big lawn mower. You’ll definitely want to inspect the mower blades to make sure they’re sharp enough to cut your grass all summer long, but you may also want to have it serviced by a professional who can replace spark plugs, fuel filters, and air filters, as well as oil lubricate any moving parts.
Inspect Doors and Windows
You’re probably running the air conditioning a lot in the summer, so now’s the time to check doors and windows to make sure they’re air tight. If you find air leaks because of old, cracked, or missed caulking, you’ll want to get that fixed right away.
Take Care of Your Garden
Not only do you want the plants around your house to look beautiful, you also want your garden to be healthy and thrive. This means you may need to do some weeding, add mulch, remove spent flowers, check for insect infestations, etc. If you’re not sure what you need to do or don’t have time, a landscaper can either show you what needs to happen or do it for you.
Clean Out the Garage
No one wants to clean out the garage, but it needs to happen in order to get rid of clutter, inspect and organize any hand or power tools that are stored there, and make sure it remains a functioning space. Depending on how chaotic the space has gotten, you may want to consider hiring a professional organizer to help. She can come in and help you make tough decisions about what can stay and what needs to go, as well as create an organizational system to keep you on track.