End of Summer Home Maintenance

As summer comes to an end, it's a good time to perform some home maintenance tasks to prepare for the transition to the cooler months. Here are some end-of-summer home maintenance tasks you should add to your to-do list.

Give Attention to Gutters

Remove leaves, debris, and any blockages from gutters and downspouts to ensure proper drainage and prevent ice dams from forming and creating water damage.

Check the Roof

Inspect the roof for any loose, damaged, or missing shingles. Address any issues to prevent leaks during the upcoming rainy season.

Shape Up Trees and Shrubs

Prune overgrown branches and shrubs to prevent potential hazards during storms and to encourage healthy growth.

Seal Gaps and Cracks

Check windows and doors for gaps or cracks that could let cold air in during the winter. Seal with weatherstripping or caulking as needed.

Clean and Store Garden Tools

Clean, oil, and properly store gardening tools to prevent rust and ensure they're in good condition for next season.

Clean or replace air filters in your HVAC system. Consider scheduling a professional maintenance check to ensure your heating system is ready for colder weather.

Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Ensure that all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working properly and replace batteries if needed.

Clean Dryer Vents

Clean out lint from dryer vents to prevent fire hazards and improve dryer efficiency.

Inspect your home for signs of pests or rodents and address any issues before they become more problematic. As the weather begins to cool off, that’s when pests really start to huddle up in and around your home.

Clean and Store Lawn Equipment

Similarly to how you should clean and store your gardening tools properly, you should also clean and properly store lawn mowers, trimmers, and other lawn care equipment. Consider draining fuel from gas-powered equipment to prevent varnish buildup.

Service Outdoor Lighting

Check and replace any outdoor light bulbs that may have burned out. Clean outdoor light fixtures and consider upgrading to energy-efficient LED bulbs.

By completing these end-of-summer home maintenance tasks, you'll help ensure that your home is in good shape for the upcoming fall and winter seasons, and you'll also save yourself potential headaches and expenses down the road.

If you found this article helpful, be sure to check out some of our other blogs! Our Ripple Creek team is dedicated to always providing our homeowners with tips and inspiration and ideas.

By Ripple Creek Homes 8-30-2023



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