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Summer Home Maintenance: 16 Tips to Keep Your Frenchtown Home in Top Shape

By Amy Wood in Checklist, in Summer, in NJ Summer living
Summer Home Maintenance: 16 Tips to Keep Your Frenchtown Home in Top Shape | Country Classics


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As August rolls around, the summer heat is in full swing, and it's the perfect time to give your Frenchtown home some extra care and attention. To ensure your home remains in top shape, Country Classics has compiled a comprehensive checklist of essential summer maintenance tasks. From routine maintenance to addressing specific seasonal concerns, we’ve got valuable tips and tricks for New Jersey homeowners.

Summer Home Maintenance Checklist

By following this summer home maintenance checklist, you can keep your Frenchtown home in top shape and avoid potential issues down the road. Regular upkeep and preventative measures go a long way in preserving the value and comfort of your property.

Outdoor Summer To-dos

Our summer home maintenance guide is heavy on outdoor tasks because of the obvious ease of working outside when the sun is shining. No one wants to clean gutters or hunt pests in the freezing fall rain. 

Power Wash the Exterior

Over time, dirt, grime, and algae can accumulate on the exterior of your home. Give it a fresh look by power washing the siding, deck, and patio areas. Many home improvement stores rent power washers if you do not own this expensive machine. Cleaning the outside of your home will not only enhance the curb appeal but also help maintain the integrity of your exterior materials.

Check and Clean Gutters

Summer rain showers can strain gutters. Ensure they are clear of debris and properly channeling water away from your home's foundation. This simple maintenance task helps prevent water damage and keeps your home dry.

Inspect and Maintain Air Conditioning

The summer heat calls for a well-functioning air conditioning system. Schedule an AC tune-up to ensure optimal performance and energy efficiency. Replace or clean the air filters regularly to improve indoor air quality and maintain a comfortable environment.

Inspect and Clean Outdoor Spaces

From patios to decks, summer is the time to inspect these spaces for any signs of damage or wear and clean them thoroughly. Check the condition of your deck for any loose boards, nails, or signs of rot. Clean the surface using a deck cleaner or power washer and reseal or repaint it as needed to protect it from the elements. For a patio, remove debris, trim overgrown plants, and refresh any outdoor furniture or décor early in the season or at the end of the summer sales to tuck away for a fresh look next year.

Care for Your Lawn and Garden

Keep your lawn healthy by regularly mowing, watering, and fertilizing it. Remove weeds and dead plants from your garden to promote healthy growth. Consider installing a sprinkler system to automate watering and save time.

Address Pest Control

Summer brings out various pests, such as mosquitoes, ants, and wasps. Take preventative measures, such as sealing cracks, removing standing water, and using appropriate pest control products. If the problem persists, consider seeking professional assistance.

Check and Clean Windows

Inspect the condition of your windows and ensure they are properly sealed. Clean the glass inside and out for clear views and improved natural lighting. Consider adding window treatments or tinting to reduce heat and protect your furniture from UV damage.

Maintain Outdoor Lighting

Well-functioning outdoor lighting enhances safety and ambiance. Replace burnt-out bulbs and clean fixtures to ensure proper illumination. Consider installing energy-efficient LED bulbs to save on energy costs.

Test and Maintain Sprinkler Systems

If you have a sprinkler system, inspect the sprinkler heads, valves, and pipes for leaks or damage. Verify that your sprinkler timers are set correctly and adjust the watering schedule based on local watering restrictions and weather conditions. Consider installing a smart sprinkler system that adjusts watering automatically based on real-time weather data.

Service Your Pool or Spa

If you have a pool or spa, conduct regular maintenance tasks such as checking the water chemistry, cleaning the filter, and inspecting the pump and heater. Follow the manufacturer's guidelines and consider hiring a professional if you're not familiar with pool maintenance.

Service Your Outdoor Grill

Give your outdoor grill some attention by cleaning the grates, burners, and grease traps. Check for gas leaks and replace any worn-out parts. Regular maintenance will help extend the life of your grill and ensure safe and enjoyable outdoor cooking.

Indoor Summer Maintenance

Don’t forget about important indoor maintenance just because the sun is out! Set yourself up for success in every season by performing these indoor tasks this summer.

Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Protect your loved ones by testing and replacing the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. These simple steps can save lives and provide peace of mind.

Maintain Your Plumbing

Check for leaks and drips in faucets, toilets, and pipes. Repairing these issues promptly can save water and prevent potential water damage. Consider a preventative maintenance checklist to stay on top of plumbing maintenance throughout the year.

Inspect and Clean Dryer Vents 

Dryer vents can become clogged with lint, posing a fire hazard. Remove the lint trap and clean it thoroughly. Use a dryer vent brush or vacuum attachment to remove lint buildup from the vent pipe and ensure proper airflow.

Test and Clean Ceiling Fans

Ensure that your ceiling fans are operating correctly by testing each one on all speed settings. Clean the fan blades and ensure they are balanced to prevent wobbling or noise issues.

Inspect and Clean Chimney and Fireplace

If you have a chimney and fireplace, schedule a professional chimney inspection and cleaning. This will help remove any creosote buildup and ensure safe operation during the colder months.

Country Classics understands the importance of maintaining a well-cared-for home. When you're looking for a new home in New Jersey, our team is ready to provide exceptional service and quality craftsmanship. Contact us today to explore our range of homes and rental options. Let us help you find your perfect place to call home.River Town Living Awaits: Country Classics

Amy Wood

Vice President of Operations at Country Classics

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