The end of summer is right around the corner, and whether you’ve just bought a home in Lakewood or you’re thinking about selling yours, it’s time for a little end-of-summer home maintenance. These five tips will prepare your house for the fall.
5 End-of-Summer Home Maintenance Tips
When the weather finally starts to cool off, it’s best if you’ve already done all your home maintenance – that way, you can sit back and relax until spring.
End-of-Summer Home Maintenance Tip 1: Check Your Deck or Patio
Head outside and check all the surfaces in your outdoor living space for cracks, chipping paint or holes. Making the repairs now can save you big money on repairs later.
End-of-Summer Home Maintenance Tip 2: Clean Your Gutters
Rain can carry twigs, leaves and branches to your gutters, where they’ll clog up the easy flow of water. If there’s a backup in your gutter, the water that’s sitting there can damage the fascia on your roof – and it could lead to you needing an entire roof replacement.
End-of-Summer Home Maintenance Tip 3: Prep Your Outdoor Furniture for Storage or Lighter Use
Wash all the dust and dirt off your summertime outdoor furniture and let it dry in the warm sun. While you’re doing that, check for cracks, chips and rust. If you find any, repair or remove it – or make the decision to invest in new outdoor furniture next spring and clear out the old stuff by donating or selling it.
End-of-Summer Home Maintenance Tip 4: Trim Your Plants
If you have vines, bushes or trees in your yard that have really grown this summer, trim them before fall. That will help reduce die-off and give each plant more energy to preserve itself.
End-of-Summer Home Maintenance Tip 5: Maximize Natural Light in Your Home
The days are already getting shorter, so do what you can to lighten and brighten your home as long as possible: Clean all the windows.
Pro tip: Spray your outdoor windows with the water hose. Then, spray them with 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water. Use a squeegee to get the best possible results.
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