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Summertime Home Tips

Longer and warmer days mean most homeowners dedicate time to outdoor maintenance projects. Here’s a look at projects that take you outdoors and also tend to go most smoothly during the summer months.

Repair home exteriors, windows, and doors.  Plan to paint? Summer is a great time for power-washing, sealing, and refinishing outdoor structures (such as decks or outbuildings). Many homeowners also lubricate doors, locks, sliding-glass doors, garage doors and window casings to prepare for swelling that can take place in hot and humid climates. Adding screened windows and doors is a great—and inexpensive—way to invite cool air into your home in lieu of running air conditioning if you live in a mild climate.

Keep cultivating the garden and “hardscaping.”  During summer’s busy growing season, be sure to service lawn mowers and lubricate push mowers, and sharpen garden tools. Summer is also a good season for patching concrete, and repairing asphalt or cement patios and sidewalks. Wooden deck surfaces should be refinished annually with a sealant, and this can be done at any point during summer or before the cool weather comes in fall.

Remodel while the weather permits.  Planning to hire contractors for major remodeling? Consider doing it in the summer when long days and dry warm weather make construction conditions favorable in many climates. Whether you’re undertaking a substantial addition or doing something simpler like adding a deck or patio, summer is a great time to get the work done.

Make sure your interior is “circulating” properly.  Make sure your home is “circulating” air properly by ensuring air conditioning vents and filters are clean and clear. Also, if your home seems warm, consider adding insulation or replacing old windows with windows made from newer materials. Doing so will help prevent heat from accumulating inside.