get the word on summer home maintenance
Radiant rays of sunshine, rising temperatures and resplendent sunset hues reveal that the long-awaited summer months are just around the corner. In between backyard barbecues, sports games and rooftop happy hours with friends, we realize that summer is prime time for focusing our attention on our homes and outdoor living spaces. As we daydream of afternoons exploring Colorado’s outdoors or lazy afternoons spent splashing by the pool, we turn our attention to a helpful summer maintenance task list to prep and refresh our homes for the rest of the year.
Long days and warm weather make summer the perfect season to tackle home maintenance tasks that may have been pushed aside during the chillier months. Prepping your outdoor living space, keeping up with your lawn and landscaping and maintaining interior spaces will allow you to fully embrace the summer heat. Below, we have gathered the top home maintenance tips to prepare your home for this season.
prep outdoor living spaces
In preparation of hosting the backyard soiree of the season, take special care to note any areas of your outdoor space that may need some extra TLC. Patios, porches and decks should be thoroughly checked for any damages with repairs scheduled to ensure functionality. Take care to sweep away any leaves or debris that may have gathered for a fresh, clean look. After uncovering any outdoor furniture sets, a thorough cleaning is necessary to make sure the pieces and any cushions are ready to be used.
Summer wouldn’t be complete without the simple joy of an afternoon barbecue. Confirm that appliances in outdoor kitchens or barbecue grills are in working order before cleaning and prepping for gatherings. On crisp summer nights, gathering around the warmth of a cozy firepit with guests is a delight. Ensure that outdoor gas fireplaces and firepits are working properly, or schedule professional maintenance so that your outdoor space can be enjoyed to the fullest.
Keeping cool in the summer is a must, and pools and spas can transform a backyard into a serene oasis. Take note to schedule pool openings and maintenance and to upgrade any safety measures such as fencing. Replacing any pool equipment that may have been exposed to the elements may also be necessary. Or consider investing in a heater or hot tub so that the space may be utilized well into the fall season.
After long periods of rainy and snowy weather, your home’s exterior may be coated in dirt or debris. Pressure washing can help to remove buildup as well as prevent the growth of harmful mold or mildew. A fresh coat of paint can also work wonders to ensure your home puts its best face forward for the summer season.
keep up with the yard + landscaping
With summer in full swing, plants bloom to their fullest creating a vibrant display of lush green hues. In Colorado, irrigation systems are a must to keep grassy lawns and exposed plant beds from drying in the intense summer sunshine. Check to make sure your sprinkler and irrigation systems are working properly and replace any sprinkler heads that may have been broken or damaged. An efficient morning watering schedule should also be established so that plants may soak up water through the soil throughout the day.
It’s no secret that picturesque landscaping creates stunning curb appeal for your home. Keep your lawn healthy by regularly mowing, watering and fertilizing it, or consider more water-wise options such as xeriscaping to conserve water and energy. Spruce up landscaping from previous seasons by trimming any overgrowth and be sure to inspect yard equipment such as lawnmowers to see if any maintenance is needed.
Before adding new plants and shrubbery to your yard, double-check to ensure the plant will thrive in its specific environment within your yard. Pulling pesky weeds will also help to maintain the appearance of your outdoor space. By referencing CSU Extension’s Invasive Species list, you can easily report weeds in the area and access resources on managing and minimizing their occurrence.
Creating shady spots in the backyard for humans, pets and plants will ensure your backyard is a true retreat. Mature trees provide much-needed shade, but branches should be pruned and cared for to avoid any potential damage to your home from wind or storms. The addition of a shade sail to your yard will add a cool and comfortable space to beat the summer heat.
maintain interior spaces
The summer months present ample opportunities for spending time outdoors. Take time to declutter and clean out your garage space or storage shed to make room for outdoor recreation equipment and yard supplies. Ensure that power tools and heavy machinery are stored and secured properly. As temperatures rise throughout the season, check that heat-sensitive materials are stored elsewhere and that hazardous materials are properly disposed of.
As 90-degree days draw near, it’s important to keep your home cool and comfortable by maintaining your HVAC system. Consider upgrading to an energy-efficient system, or adding ceiling fans for additional air circulation. If servicing is needed, consult a professional technician to make any necessary repairs. To keep your home comfortable and reduce energy bills, inspect your doors and windows for any cracks or damages to ensure they are properly sealed.
While taking note of your home’s safety features, consider upgrading your home’s security system for increased peace of mind. Additionally, take care to check your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors by testing them and replacing batteries as needed. A professional inspection may also be helpful to make sure safety features are in proper working condition.