Hey, you bought that Billings house and all the “stuff’ that comes along with owning it. I promised to be with you every step of the way, both before and after the sale, and here I am, nagging you to keep up your investment. You’ll thank me later.
Believe it or not, someday you will sell this home in Billings and my hope for you is that it’s in pristine condition, so you get top dollar for it. So, indulge me, ok? Take a look at some of these easy summer home maintenance chores that will help you keep your home in peak condition. Chip away at them over the course of the summer and I promise, you’ll be glad you did.
Is it hot in here?
It will be soon, so change the filter in the HVAC system before firing up the air conditioner for the season. In fact, the International Association of Home Inspectors recommends that you have the system inspected once a year. I do – my guy comes out every June and tunes it up, or whatever he does. Then, I make sure to change out the filters every other month. If you smoke, have pets or if you suffer from allergies, change the filter monthly.
Gutters get really gross over the winter
If you didn’t do it during spring, get up there and clean the gunk out. Hey, wear a tank top so you can take advantage of the tanning opportunity and don’t feel like you’re missing out on the summer sun and fun.
Caked on gunk can be hard to remove so water it down and use a trowel to scoop it out. Then, use the hose to run water through the gutters to ensure there aren’t any leaks and that the downspouts aren’t clogged.
If you have a tree that loves to drop the leaves into the gutter every fall, consider covering said gutters with wire mesh. It just might save you from having to do the cleaning routine again next summer.
How’s the deck looking?
If you spend a lot of time on the deck during summer, don’t neglect this tip. Take a minute or two to inspect the boards and if any are cracked or curling remove them and replace with new ones. Then, go underneath the deck (ew, spiders, I know) to check that the supports are in good shape and there aren’t any missing nails or screws. If you see signs of pest damage you’ll need to call a pest control professional to ensure the deck is still sound.
When was the last time you
Drained your water heater? I know, it’s a tedious and thankless job. But if you’ve ever had a water heater fail and leak all over the garage you’ll understand that these beasts need maintenance as well.
Sediment settles in the bottom of the tank. While one or two years’ worth may not be an issue, if you let it go for too long it will build up and can result in a loss of heat to the water and maybe even clog the drain line (therein lies the real danger).