Tips: Prepping Homes for Summer

prepping homes for summer

Prepping homes for summer is an important part of house maintenance and will help keep you comfortable throughout the warmer months. Below are a number of tips for getting your home ready for summer from Pillar to Post Home Inspection.

Exterior Summer Maintenance Tips

  • Repair cracks or any other damage to siding.
  • If paint is peeling, cracking, or chipped, repair and repaint to limit damage to materials below.
  • Remove window screens and clean them with a soft brush and soapy water. Rinse well and allow them to dry in the sun.
  • Repair any holes or tears to window screens. If damage is significant, screen replacement is a fairly easy DIY job. Local hardware stores often offer this service, too.
  • Have the air conditioning unit serviced to ensure good operation.
  • Trim shrubs and planets around the air conditioning unit to promote good air intake.
  • Clear dirt and debris from gutters and eaves.
  • Seal cracks in the driveway.
  • Remove debris and overgrown plants from walkways.
  • Test irrigation and sprinkler systems and replace any broken sprinkler heads or emitters. Check for proper water coverage and adjust if necessary.
  • Power wash decks and patios and seal surfaces as appropriate.

Interior Summer Maintenance Tips

  • Vacuum or brush off refrigerator coils to maintain energy efficiency. Depending on your model, the coils will be located either on the bottom or back of the appliance.
  • Empty dehumidifier pans and clean hoses according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • If possible, hang area rugs outside over a deck or porch rail to air out.
  • Adjust ceiling fans for proper balance and change the rotation to the summer setting.
  • Dust ceiling fans to avoid blowing dust around the room.
  • Switch out heavy bedding for lightweight summer fabrics. Clean the winter bedding before storing it away for the season.
  • Close the chimney flue to prevent insects from entering and to help keep cool air in.
  • Repot houseplants to give their roots a fresh start for the summer.
  • Lubricate any door or cabinet hinges that stick or squeak.
  • Open windows even on cooler days to get fresh air flowing throughout the home.

You can read the original guest post on prepping homes for summer here. To schedule a home inspection with Pillar to Post, visit, call 435.315.7728, or email [email protected].  

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