Home Tips

Posted by Ben James on Thursday, July 25th, 2019 at 11:40am.

1.  Wash down your porch. 

You should sweep the porch thoroughly, then wash it with a cleaner. Remove any embedded dirt by scrubbing with soap and water.

2. Give your deck a once-over.- This is a summer home maintenance must.

Check your deck to see if there are any boards that look like they’re rotting. Have them replaced.

Hammer any nails that are loose.

You can also check if your deck needs to be resealed by pouring a little water on it. If the water beads into little puddles, you’re good. If it sinks into the wood, you should get your deck resealed against water

3.  Wash the windows. 

Why not? Clean windows are nice. Use warm water and soap to get those windows sparkling.

4. Wash or change your window screens.

Use hot soapy water and a brush to gently wash your window screens.

5.  Add a layer of mulch. 

If you have plants, the extra mulch will help fight off weeds and help your soil retain moisture during those scorching summer months.

6. Check for outdoor leaks. 

Go on a hunt for leaks by checking all outdoor faucets. Then look at your hose. You can waste a lot of water if there’s even a tiny hole in your hose. Use electrical tape to repair any small holes in your hose.

7.  Check your outdoor play equipment. 

Make sure everything is still safe. Repair or replace anything that’s damaged or possibly hazardous and make sure that the structure is still sturdy and strong.

8. Protect your home against unwanted guests. Yes, unfortunately sometimes critters decide that your house is the place to be. From snakes to squirrels, take steps to close off your home to non-pet animals.

Cover any holes that are more than a quarter-inch wide.

Get your tree branches trimmed back so they don’t create a highway for squirrels – a squirrel-way if you will – to your attic. Branches should be at least 8 feet from your roof.

Make sure your outdoor trash bins are tightly sealed to prevent a buffet for pests.

Do away with yard debris. Leaves and twigs are a haven for animals that might decide to invade your home.

 9. Tend to your lawn frequently by mowing.

10. Clean out the gutters and downspouts. 

You should clean the gutters at least once a year, perhaps twice if you have a lot of trees around your home.

 

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