END OF SUMMER TO DO LIST

  1. If you haven’t done so already, get your air conditioning unit serviced.
  2. Run a test of your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors and replace the batteries if needed.
  3. Dust all ceiling fan blades and check that the fans are working properly.  Reverse the direction of the fans when the weather gets cold so they are clockwise.
  4. Get your chimney cleaned before the cold weather arrives.
  5. Check your attic and basement for signs of dampness, mildew, leaks, holes, and pests.  While you are at it, pull out items that can be tossed, donated or recycled.
  6. Apply a little fertilization at the end of summer or the start of fall to help with the next growing season. 
  7. Clean the dryer vent and exhaust ducts removing all dust and lint. Call in a professional to clean and service your washer and dryer if needed. 
  8. Change the filter in the air conditioner if you haven’t done so recently.
  9. Thoroughly clean your porch and patio before cold temps arrive.  Use sand (polymeric) to fill gaps and apply a sealant if you don’t want your pavers to fade or stain.
  10. Check your deck to see if there are any boards that look like they’re rotting. Hammer any nails that are loose and have rotted boards replaced.  Consider resealing your deck if water sinks into the boards. 
  11. Have your windows washed inside and out.   Wash or change your window screens at the same time. 
  12. Check outdoor faucets and basement for leaks. 
  13. Protect your home against unwanted guests by covering up any holes that are more than a quarter-inch wide and trimming your tree branches. 
  14. Remove dead bushes/plants and cut back trees and plants as needed.  Clean up any piles of yard debris that have accumulated over the summer so you aren’t providing a haven for animals.
  15. If needed, have your fence repainted, resealed, or repaired as needed.
  16. Inspect the caulking around the windows and doors of your home to keep bugs at bay and keep inside air from escaping the home.
  17. Repair cracks/holes in your driveway and walkways.  Consider having your driveway and sidewalks pressure washed if it wasn’t done in the summer.
  18. Check the outside of your house for rotted, dirty, or loose siding. Touch up the paint on the outside of your home if needed.
  19. Clean out the gutter and downspouts annually especially if you have a lot of trees around your home.  You may decide to do this after leaves fall so that they are emptied before winter arrives.
  20. Consider getting your roof inspected before fall/winter to ensure any problem areas are addressed.

Source:  insurancehub.com/summer-home-maintenance

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