Must-Do Summer Home Maintenance Jobs

Must-Do Summer Home Maintenance Jobs

Summer brings with it warm weather, good vibes and motivation to get on top of those niggling jobs that have been irritating you since winter. When the weather is good, you have more opportunity to carry out those jobs that otherwise can’t be done because of the risk of damp and adverse weather conditions impeding on your work.

So, with the good weather on your side, now is the time to undertake those essential summer maintenance jobs on your home. Here are just some of the jobs you can (and should) be looking to complete this sunny season.

Clean Rendering/Walls

We spend so much time cleaning the inside of our homes that it’s easy to forget the outside, especially if you have masonry or brickwork that blends dirt quite well. It’s difficult to clean the outside of your house in winter because driving rain and stormy weather has a tendency to undo all your hard work.

In summer, however, you will likely see periods of extended dry spells, meaning you have a good window to power wash your rendering or masonry. Whilst it’s wet you might not see an immediate difference, but when it dries, you should be able to revel in the fruits of your labor.

Fill Cracks and Crevices

Before you go at your walls with high pressured water, make sure you check first for cracks and damage. They can be easy to miss because most of your time will be spent in your house rather than assessing what it looks like outside, but you need to make a conscious effort to spot the signs.

If you see a crack, it could be a symptom of something more serious, and it also leaves your property wide open to issues like pests and damp come winter. As soon as it’s warm enough, give your walls a once over to be on the safe side. If you do see some cracks, broken patches, loose rendering or crumbing brickwork, make sure you get a professional in immediately. They might just be signs of natural wearing and weathering, but they could also be an indication of a deeper issue that needs looking at. Before filling gaps, however, check for pests like raccoons living inside. The last thing you want is to seal them in, leaving them to die and cause other problems later on. If you’re not sure how to get raccoons out of walls, consult a professional who can do the job safely for you.

Replace Guttering

There are lots of things that make a house a home, including guttering. It might seem insignificant because it’s not something you think about every day, but it’s a vital part of your house. Without it, you’d be facing all kinds of issues, including penetrating damp and potential roof damage.

Most people know about the former, but as roof specialists like ERoofing will tell you, problems with your roof can be both costly and pretty serious, so make sure to clean your guttering regularly and replace any sections that need it.

When you come across leaves or debris, make sure you remove it to prevent a build up and a blockage. You will also need to keep an eye on things like nests, especially bee nests/hives. Call a professional to remove nests of any kind to ensure minimal damage to your property and to the residents of the nest.

Update Paintwork

The final summer maintenance task you can look to undertake is painting. Whether you need to paint your fence, window frames, doors or the entirety of your exterior, summer is the perfect time to do so thanks to the warm, dry weather. Painting is pretty basic, but if you do plan on undertaking it, make sure you put in the proper preparation work so that your work is preserved. The last thing you want is to be painting your house every year.

What jobs will you be doing this summer?

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