7 ways to get your home ready for summer
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Check off warm-weather home maintenance tasks now and enjoy the rest of the summer doing what you really want to do.
A very cold spring plus adapting to shelter-at-home orders because of the coronavirus pandemic means some home projects may have been overlooked. All the cold weather takes its toll on your home, too. Here are seven ways to make sure your home is ready for summer.
Service the AC and reverse ceiling fans
You don’t want to find out that your AC is broken on a 90-degree day. Call for a tune-up today. Not only will you remain comfortable, but a well-maintained system uses less energy and keeps your costs down.
Make sure to change the filter often so you’re not recirculating allergens like dust, pollen and dander into the air you breathe.
Also, remember to reverse the direction of ceiling fans. Set them to spin counterclockwise to push cool air down to the floor.
Check the sprinkler system
Survey your sprinkler system to make sure there are no leaks and that water isn’t being misdirected. Problems like these can quickly run up your water bill, and they’re usually pretty simple to correct.
Trim trees and shrubs
Trim anything that brushes against your house and any limbs that are dead, damaged, or diseased. Size up the job before you begin; some trimming jobs are best left to a professional. If you DIY, make sure you take safety precautions.
TLC for your mower and trimmer
Tune up the mower and sharpen blades. Change the oil and spark plug. Lubricate moving parts and sharpen the blades. (Tired of mowing? Retire your lawnmower by choosing an alternative to turf.)
Check trimmer string and make sure it works properly.
If using electric lawn tools, inspect cords for frays and cuts.
Wash windows and screens
Few home maintenance tasks are as gratifying as cleaning windows. One minute they’re grimy, the next they’re clear and sparkly letting in all the beautiful sights and light. Clean windows inside and out and wash the screens, too, for best results.
Replace worn weatherstripping
Cold, heat and sunlight can cause weatherstripping to deteriorate and create energy leaks that run up your bills. Check around windows, doors and garage doors. Replace or caulk as needed.
Driveway maintenance and repair
Sweep, clean and repair cracks in your driveway. If appropriate, apply sealer. Doing so will extend the life of your pavement.
Need cash to cover your summer home projects?
We’re here to help you finance your home improvement projects with three options: a home equity loan, a home equity line of credit (HELOC) or a personal loan. Give us a call at 800-991-2221 to see which is the best option for you.
Consumers helps more than 1,000 members finance land, first and second homes, and home improvement projects each year—even during the coronavirus outbreak. We’d love to help you with a mortgage or home equity line of credit; call us at 800-991-2221.