With summer the days are longer and the temperatures are more pleasant so it is a very good time to take care of some home maintenance tasks. Some will take longer than others but crossing any of them off your to-do list will make you feel better.
Start at the top with the roof. Canadian winters can be tough. Check for any missing or damaged shingles or signs of mold. Making a few repairs in the summer may prevent a nasty leak during the winter.
Look at the paint and siding, particularly peeling paint or chips. Pressure washing might be a good idea to give your home a facelift without a full paint job. While you have that power washer out, use it on patios, driveways, and walkways.
Heating and Air Conditioning
Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) is one of the key systems in your home. Keep it running smoothly with some minor maintenance like changing the furnace filter. If you have a window air conditioner, clean that filter also by following the manufacturer’s recommendations. If you have any concerns, call a professional to have the system checked out.
A bucket of soapy water and sponges, and maybe a long-handled squeegee will go a long way to helping the outside of your windows get clean. At the same time, check the screens for any tears or holes and see if any need replacement. Clean the screens with a good dusting or possibly a gentle spray with your garden hose.
Check Alarms – Test all the alarms including smoke detectors and carbon monoxide. Replace batteries if necessary. When you do replace the batteries, see if you can’t use an indelible marker to record the date to make things easier the next time.
Vents – Use the nozzle attachment to your vacuum to tidy up the exterior of any bathroom exhaust fan. If the fans seem to make a strange noise, you may need a little more effort to remove the cover and lubricate the motor.
Attic and Basement – Take the time to look at these seldom visited areas and check for any cracks, insects, or signs of leaks or mold.
If any of these are too much for you to handle on your own, you may want to seek the help of a professional. Handymen may be fine for some tasks, but it might be prudent to consider a professional like Lavergne Renos in Ottawa for at least some of the items on your list.