Summer will be here before we know it, and you probably want to spend your free time enjoying time with your friends and family in the sunshine. The last thing you probably want to do is spend all your free time working around the house, but if you don’t have a solid maintenance plan in place you could be saying goodbye to your summer in and hello to weekends working. Avoid letting your to-do list build up and get ready for warmer weather with a few helpful tips.
Do a Visual Inspection
Take a walk around your property to see what projects you may want to tackle before summer makes its appearance. Some projects you may want to cross off maintenance list first are any potential problems such as cracks or holes in your siding, sagging gutters, or a leaky roof. You’ll want to get the most important items checked off your list first so you can focus on other, lower priority items such as landscaping, painting, or any other extra fun projects you’d like to complete. Once you have an idea of what projects you’d like to tackle, write them down so you can keep track of them.
Make a Supplies List
Unless you want to end up making multiple trips to the hardware store, before you start any projects around the house you should make a list of any possible materials you may need. Going to the store without a list is never a great idea, and you may end up forgetting something or purchasing the wrong materials and wasting a lot of time running to and from the store.
Don’t Wait to Get Started
Once you know which projects you want to tackle and have your supplies list written out, don’t wait to get started. As soon as nice weather arrives, get out the tools and get to work. Delaying your projects may prevent you from finishing them all and could cut into your free time over the summer, especially if you run into any issues you weren’t anticipating once you begin a project.
Unless you’re a handyman or contractor, chances are you won’t have the knowledge to complete larger projects on your own. Take the opportunity to someone who has the knowledge and expertise to take on one or two of your larger projects. You’ll have peace of mind knowing it will be done right the first time and you’ll be able to free up some time to focus on other projects.
Don’t Forget the Indoor Projects
Often, homeowners are so focused on getting their home’s exterior ready for summer weather that they forget the indoor projects. Items such as cleaning out your home’s ducts, testing smoke and CO2 detectors, replacing air conditioner filters, and checking your vents are just a few projects that should be included in your summer maintenance list.
Keep Your List for Next Year
After you’ve finished all your summer projects, don’t throw out that to-do list. It can come in handy next year when you want to get your home ready for the summer. Make notes on your list for easy reference such as which filters you used in your air conditioner, the names and phone numbers of anyone you enlisted to help with your projects, and anything else you may think could come in handy in the future. Put your list in a safe place so you’ll be able to find it next year when you have to start your summer maintenance cycle over again.
Taking on annual projects around the home doesn’t have to be a monumental task. If you have a proper maintenance schedule in place and are willing to plan ahead and ask for help when necessary, your summer improvement projects should be relatively stress free. These tips can help you prepare for your tasks so you can get your projects done just in time to enjoy the summer season.