Seasonal Tasks To Keep Your Home In Great Shape

Lillian SteinBy Lillian SteinOct 7, 20170

If you are married, chances are you can rely on your spouse to tell you what needs done around the house. These honey-do lists are legendary, and just about every married man is familiar with them.

Bachelors can have a harder time. Without the good-natured nagging of a spouse, it can be hard to tell which tasks to do when. Even so, it is a good idea to make your own “honey-do” list. No matter what kind of home you have or where you live, you can use these seasonal tips to keep your household running smoothly.

Spring Forward

Spring Forward

Spring is the perfect time to check for damage that the cold winter months may have done. Many of us are understandably reluctant to head outside in the bone-chilling weather, and lots of maintenance tasks tend to get put off during the winter months.

You can start your spring cleanup by checking the drainage around your home. Wait until after a good rain, and then look for puddles and other standing water. These spots could indicate drainage problems that need to be addressed.

You may find that the poor drainage and standing water is the result of clogged gutters. Gutters can fill up with fallen leaves during the fall, and those problems can be exacerbated by buildups of snow and ice. Take the time to check your gutters and clear any blockages.

Spring is also the perfect time to get your air conditioning system ready for the summer heat. If you have a central air system, inspect it carefully for signs of trouble. Make sure the condensers are clean and that there is plenty of airflow around them. If you suspect a problem, contact an HVAC technician to inspect the system.

You can also use the warmth of spring to check the trees on your property. Trim back any trees that are hanging close to your roof, and contact the utility company if any appear to be interfering with power lines.

Outdoor Fun In The Summertime

Outdoor Fun In The Summertime

The summer season is a great time to be outdoors, but it also pays to check the interior of your home as well. The summer season is a great time to clean and maintain your home. Taking a few hours to maintain your home properly now can save you a lot of time later on — time you can use to enjoy the beach or go on a well-deserved vacation.

You can start your summer maintenance outdoors by checking for wasp nests, termite mounds and other insect problems. These problems can easily go undetected during the cold months. The last thing you want to do is surprise an angry family of hornets the first time you mow the lawn.

While you are outside, check the deck and patio carefully. Look for peeling paint, damaged boards and other things that could interfere with your summer fun. Check the exterior lighting as well, and replace any worn or broken bulbs.

The autumn season is a great time to remove those window air conditioners and store them away for the winter. If you have central air, take the time to winterize the system and get it ready for the cold weather to come.

Stop at the garage on your way in the house. Summer is the perfect time to clean the garage – and maybe even make room for your car. Giving the garage a good cleaning will make you feel good and give you a real sense of accomplishment.

Once you come inside, take a few minutes to check the aerators on your sinks and the showerheads in your bathrooms. These devices can get clogged with sediment from hard water. Cleaning them can improve water pressure and reduce your water usage as well.

You can also use the summer season to clean out your dryer vents and make sure none of the exterior vents are clogged. A clogged vent can reduce the efficiency of your dryer and raise your electricity bills.

Fall Back

Fall Back

Fall is the time to get your home ready for the harsh days ahead. There are a number of things you can do to head off potential problems and make sure your home stays warm and toasty all winter long.

You can start by checking your water heater and removing any built up sediment. This is particularly important if you live in an area with hard water, but it is a good idea to check for problems even if your water is soft.

Be sure to turn off and flush any outdoor water faucets around your home. Be sure to remove any attached hoses before the first frost. Coiling up those hoses now and storing them away will give you one less thing to worry about when spring rolls around.If you plan to use your fireplace for winter heat, be sure to have your chimney cleaned well in advance. You should have your chimney inspected and cleaned every fall.

If you use a sump pump, now is the perfect time to test it. The winter months can mean lots of snow, and that melting snow pack can lead to flooding. You want to know your sump pump is up to the task before you need it.

Now is also a great time to test any backup generators. The winter cold can be accompanied by ice and freezing rain, and that can cause power lines to fall. Having a backup generator in place will give you power even when the grid goes down. Make sure you have plenty of spare fuel for your generator. You do not want to be running out in an ice storm to buy more diesel fuel.

Winter Around The Home

Winter Around The Home

The winter season can introduce many hazards to your home, from power outages to falling shingles. Be sure to check the exterior of your home for damage after every winter storm, and make any needed repairs promptly.

Check the exterior of your home for icicles and ice dams, and remove that ice as soon as possible. Those ice dams can clog your gutters and harm your drainage systems.

You can reduce your winter heating bills by adding extra caulking around the windows and replacing worn weather-stripping under your doors. Check for air leaks while you are at it, and add extra insulation as needed.

While you have your caulking gun out, head to the bathroom and check the tub and shower. Add extra caulking as needed to prevent leaks later on.

Be sure to check all the locks around your home. You want to make sure you and your family will be safe on those long winter nights. Be sure to check all exterior lighting as well, and make sure those dusk to dawn security lights are working properly.

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