Outdoor Summer Home Tips

    1. Clean your grill to prep for summer barbequing.
      • Charcoal grills: Empty the grill & wipe away any dust or residue. Use hot water, dish soap, and a scrub brush or sponge to clean both the outside & inside of the grill. Be sure to let your grill dry off before using it next.
      • Gas grills: Close the lid, turn the heat up high, and let the grill cook for about half an hour. Let the grill cool. Use a grill brush to sweep the grill. Wipe down the outside with a sponge & cleaner. Then clean out all of the drip trays. 
    2. Wash down your porch. You should sweep the porch thoroughly, then wash it with a cleaner. Remove any embedded dirt by scrubbing with soap and water.
    3.  Give your deck a once-over. This is a summer home maintenance must.
      • Check your deck to see if there are any boards that look like they’re rotting. Have them replaced.
      • Hammer any and all nails that are loose.
      • You can also check if your deck needs to be resealed by pouring a little water on it. If the water beads into little puddles, you’re good. If it sinks into the wood, you should get your deck resealed against water.
    4.  Wash or change your window and window screens.Why not? Clean windows are nice. Use hot soapy water and a brush to gently wash your window screens.
    5. Check for outdoor leaks. Go on a hunt for leaks by checking all outdoor faucets. You can waste a lot of water if there’s even a tiny hole in your hose. Use electrical tape to repair any small holes in your hose.
    6. Protect your home against unwanted guests. Yes, unfortunately sometimes critters decide that your house is the place to be. From snakes to squirrels, take steps to close off your home to non-pet animals.
      • Cover any holes that are more than a quarter-inch wide.
      • Get your tree branches trimmed back so they don’t create a highway for squirrels – a squirrel-way if you will – to your attic. Branches should be at least 8 feet from your roof.
      • Make sure your outdoor trash bins are tightly sealed to prevent a buffet for pests.
      • Do away with yard debris. Leaves and twigs are a haven for animals that might decide to invade your home.
    7. Clean out the gutters and downspouts.
    8. Inspect the caulking around the windows and doors of your home. You can keep ants and bugs at bay in the kitchen by adding fresh caulking to your windows and doors.
    9. Look at the outside of your house. Check for rotted, dirty, or loose siding.
    10. Consider getting your roof inspected.
      • It’s important toproperly maintain your roof to make sure that it can last as long as possible.

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