Everyone has jobs on their list that never seem to get done and keep getting pushed further down the list. It is time to make summer the time these items are ticked off.
Here are the top things you need to consider getting done on your summer home maintenance, repair, and upgrade list.
Give your home a deep clean
You may be good at giving your house a good weekly once over, but it’s a good idea to give your home a deep clean at least once a year. Deep cleaning means washing the walls and attending to any forgotten areas. If you want to save time, consider hiring a cleaner who can typically complete the job in 2 to 4 hours, depending on the size of the house.
The average cost for a deep clean typically ranges from $150 to $350. While you’re deep cleaning, you may notice something that needs to be repaired, or a more severe problem, such as mould. A clean home can do wonders for improving your mood, too.
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Landscaping and gardening
Summer is the perfect time for landscaping and gardening, and it’s also the time to think about refreshing an outdated design. Go out to the street and take a critical look at your home. Is it time to give it a little more curb appeal? You could install a landscape feature that is water-friendly, fire-friendly or simply reduce your workload and upkeep.
One way to get a different perspective is to take a picture of your home. This can give you a better idea of how it looks to someone else, and it can help you see things you tend to overlook.
Fireproof your home
Summer means fire season is just around the corner. Now is a great time to take a look at things you do to help keep your home safe if the worst should happen. Some of the things you might want to consider are cleaning your gutters and downpipes of any burnable debris that might have accumulated last season.
You might also want to trim vegetation away from power lines or near your home. Take a look at any rubbish that might have been overlooked. Keeping your lawn neat and trimmed will also help to reduce fire risk. It is also an excellent time to check your smoke alarms and make sure they are in good working order.
The beginning of summer is a great time to take a look at pest control around your home. Make it a point to go through your home and inspect any screens in doors and windows. Check for any holes that need to be filled or caulked and inspect your home for termite damage.
If in doubt, it may be time to hire a professional to do a bit of preventative maintenance. You also need to check your landscaping and garden for signs of pest damage. It is easier to control a problem when it is small than after it becomes a significant issue.
A fresh coat of paint
Now is also the time to consider refreshing your interior and exterior of your house with new paint. A fresh coat of paint makes the walls look clean and can transform the atmosphere of your home.
Your home’s exterior paint is also an essential part of maintenance and keeping your home in good repair, too. It is best to do it during the warm, dry months of summer before the rainy season and winter sets in.
Aircon, fan installation and services
Your air conditioning needs to be serviced seasonally to keep it running when you need it. If you’re planning to install more fans or upgrading your air conditioning system, it is best to schedule this work at the beginning of summer, rather than when temperatures rise.
There are many factors that can influence the cost of aircon installation, such as brand, size and power, type (split, central, portable) and more. The last thing that you want is for your air conditioning and fans to fail when you need them most. Taking care of this at the beginning of the summer will ensure that your property is functioning properly and will keep you cool during the hot Australian summer.
Pool and fence safety checks
If you have a pool, be sure to check the fencing and safety before the season starts. Be sure to check to make sure that regulations have not changed and that your pool security is still adequate. It is also a good time to have the pool serviced and your pumps inspected by a professional.
If you wait until the middle of summer, many professionals will be booked long in advance. This is another one of those tasks that you want to take care of before the weather heats up. If you have been thinking about making any repairs or upgrades, this is a perfect time.
These seven items are tasks that many property owners want to attempt. Unfortunately, good intentions do not get the job done and can lead to costly repairs in the future. Having these items checked off your list will give you peace of mind and allow you to enjoy the summer months, be ready for guests, and be prepared to make the most of your home.