Spring is almost over with summer just around the corner. It’s time to think about June home maintenance! Not sure where to begin? Get a head-start preparing your home and garden for summer with help from this list of essential to-dos.
June Home Maintenance for Safety
June is National Safety month, so let’s celebrate and jump right in with safety maintenance first!
Installing and Repairing Screens
It’s important to keep cool and maintain airflow, so now is the time to take down storm doors and windows and install screens to let summer breezes flow in. Be sure to check all of your home’s screens carefully and patch any holes you find. Even the smallest tear in the screen will let in mosquitos or could allow pets to escape!
Check Outdoor Play Equipment for Damage
Wood, fastenings, and ropes can rot and disintegrate making your outdoor play equipment a potential safety hazard. Make sure to check slides, swings, zip lines, and other play structures and make repairs as needed.
Remove Standing Water Frequently
The best way to keep the mosquitos at bay is to check your property for standing water and empty it frequently. Even a small amount of water sitting in a dish can become a nursery for mosquitos, so make sure to double check your planter pots and garden. Giardia and other parasites can grow in stagnant water creating a potential hazard for pets.
Keep Cooling Systems Running Smoothly
Thoroughly dust ceiling fans, schedule maintenance for home cooling systems, and install window air-conditioning units before the hot, humid weather.
Door Locks and Keys
Misalignment happens to door jambs, especially in high traffic areas or if you have kids. Houses shift, expanding and contracting as the weather changes. Double check that all your door locks and jambs are in alignment, and replace keys or make repairs as need to keep your home both secure and weatherproof.
Outdoor Lighting and Sidewalks
With more people coming and going for summer visits, make sure your outdoor lighting is bright and functional. Check sidewalks and pathways for trip hazards like tree roots or gaps, misplaced pavers or bricks, and height variations. Be mindful and think about different people who might be using your walkways; your Great Aunt might require access in different ways than your toddler nephew.
Update First-Aid Kits and Emergency Supplies
A well-stocked first-aid kit will keep you prepared. Not sure what to include? Here is a checklist from the American Red Cross.
More June Home Maintenance Must-dos
Now that we have finished up the safety maintenance, let’s move on to more general maintenance for interior, exterior and yard.
Keep an Eye on Irrigation Systems
Sprinklers and irrigations hoses can quickly cause huge problems for your home and garden if left unchecked. Be sure to check each component of your irrigation system once a week throughout the summer.
Reorganize your Kitchen and Lighten Up your Interior Decor
Move small appliances that you use in the warmer months to a more accessible spot in your kitchen. Now is the time for your ice cream maker to shine! You could also setup a smoothie station with your blender. With a better arrangement, you will be more likely to get the best use from your summer appliances.
Bring out your cooling sheets for beds, roll up heavy rugs, and bring in light-colored accent pieces. Flowing curtains look cool in the summer, but in actuality if the weather gets very hot, it is better to leave heavy window drapes in place so you will be able to close for shade during the heat of the day.
Summer Energy Savings – Clothesline and Drying Rack
Put your clothesline and drying rack to work! Even occasionally skipping the dryer will reduce your summer energy bill significantly. Not to mention it’s easier on the environment! Let the sun do the work for you for free. If hang-drying isn’t an option, you can still reduce energy costs by washing in cold water, frequently cleaning your lint trap, and having your dryer vent serviced to improve airflow.
Swap Winter Gear for Summer Gear and Make Repairs
Make it easier to have summer fun by swapping heavy winter coats for camping gear, sporting equipment, and swim suits. Camping, biking and beach activities require a lot of gear! Clean it up now so you are not surprised with a ripped up tent or spiders in your kayak. If you plan to waterproof anything, now is the time so you are ready to go. Have a basket near the door for last-minute items like sunscreen, sunglasses and bug repellant.
Clean Gutters and Schedule Large Outdoor Projects
Landscaper and contractor schedules are busy right now, so don’t delay in scheduling any large outdoor projects you would like to complete during fair weather.
If you did not get your gutters cleaned in spring, make sure to prioritize this on your June home maintenance list. Debris can clog gutters and lead to siding damage on your home and many other issues.
Clean out Shed and Garage
People spend more time in outdoor spaces during summer, so take some time now to clean up your storage areas. Drop off special recycling items and hazardous waste at a designated disposal center, sell or donate what you don’t need, and organize everything that’s left into household tools, garden tools and supplies, and sports gear and outdoor adventure equipment.
Pobody’s Nerfect! (Nobody’s Perfect)
Chances are there are a few home maintenance projects you’ve been meaning to finish. Why not make June the month to get caught up? If you have questions about contractors or any repairs around the house please contact us.