6 Summer Maintenance Tasks That Could Save You Cash – Have You Done Them All?
3. Summer Maintenance: spruce up your home’s exterior
Summer is an ideal time to prune your trees.(Csondy/iStock)
If something looks a little off on the outside, it probably needs your attention.
“Check your landscaping for overgrown trees and shrubs, especially if they are hanging over the home, and trim them down,” says Gregg Hicks, vice president of Modernize Home Services.
“Summer is also a good time to inspect and clean your siding,” says Hicks. “Check for storm damage, pollen, sap, and other signs of wear and tear, and clean and repair as needed.”
DIY: In addition to trimming the foliage around your house, now is the time to show your lawn some love.
“Fertilize and dethatch your lawn to promote the circulation of air, water, and nutrients to the soil,” says Kevin Busch, vice president of operations for Mr. Handyman. You can choose from special rakes, machines, or even liquids for dethatching the lawn.
Call in the pros: If you need to do some serious trimming, call in the tree professionals. Expect to pay a couple hundred dollars on average—from $75 to $1,500—depending on the size of the tree.
4. Summer Maintenance: replace or fix up exterior doors
With the increase in traffic coming and going outside, summer is a perfect time to check up on your doors, Beck says. A little bit of wear and tear over time is to be expected, but eventually, you might need a new door.
“Consider replacing doors if they’re old, worn out, or difficult to clean,” Beck says. “Or if they’re hard to open and close—and possibly dangerous to the safety of your household and guests.”
DIY: Adding weatherstripping is a simple DIY task most homeowners can handle independently with a few basic tools and inexpensive materials.
Call in the pros: Handy homeowners might have no problem replacing an old door, but for the rest of us, it’s a good idea to have new doors professionally installed. The cost varies widely depending on the type—for exterior and patio doors, Home Depot’s estimates range from about $400 to $1,300.
5. Summer Maintenance: check ceiling fans and windows
Make sure your windows are insulated properly during these warm months.(ronstik/Getty Images)
This is one home maintenance task you can easily knock out in an hour or two: Make sure your ceiling fans and windows are able to provide optimal cooling throughout the home.
DIY: “Homeowners should clean ceiling fans and change them to a counterclockwise rotation,” Hicks says. “This will help drive cool air toward the floor and cool a room’s temperature. Homeowners should also inspect windows and doors for any leaks, where cool air may be escaping.”
Call in the pros: If your window seals are in need of repair, this could be a DIY task for some homeowners.
“Resealing windows and doors … can help keep cool air in and your energy bills lower,” Hicks says. But resealing is an intermediate project, so consider calling a professional if you’re not comfortable with it.
6. Summer Maintenance: keep an eye on the roof and gutters after storms
Warmer temperatures usher in unpredictable weather, which can mean storm damage to your home.
Monitor your gutters and roof to quickly detect—and hopefully avoid—costly damage.
“Debris can quickly fill your gutters or clutter your roof, so it’s important to assess any damage and clean your gutters after each storm,” Beck says.
DIY: Manually cleaning the gutters is a task you can accomplish over a weekend with a ladder, a spotter for safety, and a few garbage bags.
Call in the pros: Some homeowners prefer to leave roof work to the pros.
“Typical gutter cleaning can range from under $100 to several hundred depending on home size, the accessibility of your gutters, and the severity of debris,” Beck says.
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