Home Maintenance Tips for SummerThe maintenance required when you own a home can sometimes seem overwhelming. However, it can be a lot more manageable if you break it down into seasonal tasks you do each year. 

"A properly maintained home is a must," said Kazantzis Real Estate Owner and Agent Andrea Kazantzis. "Not only does it prevent bigger repair bills down the road, but it also increases a home's value when it comes time to tell the property."

Here are some projects you can tackle each summer to keep your abode in tip-top shape.

Check Your Air Conditioner

air conditionerWe're putting this one first for a reason. The last thing you want during a scorching summer day is for your air conditioner to be on the fritz. If you have a window unit, make sure you remove and clean the filter each season. For those with central air, have a professional inspect your unit once a year.

Check Your Detectors

Your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors could save your life. Press the test button to make sure they work. If you didn't change the batteries during the time change a few months ago - do so now! 

Check Roof and Exterior

While the weather is warm, get out and inspect your house. Look for any loose shingles or rotting wood. A compromised exterior can let in bugs and other pests as well as be a breeding ground for mold and algae.

While you're at it, get on the roof and check for missing shingles, mold, or anything else that could affect the integrity of your roof. Make small repairs as needed will help prolong the life of your roof. 

Tend to the Gutters

Before climbing down, give the gutters a once over. Make sure they're attached properly to your home and not loose. If they're clogged, clean them out.  The standing water can attract mosquitoes. Don't forget to also check the downspouts to make sure they're not clogged.

Check Your Trees

Inspect the trees in your yard. According to Homelight.com, mushrooms or other fungi growing near a tree is a sign the tree is decaying. If a tree frequently loses branches during a storm, it could mean there's a bigger problem and you may want to contact a local arborist. 

Clean Your Vents

Break out the vacuum and suck up all of the dust and other gunk that may be building up on all of the vents in your house. Check both the supply and return vents, as well as any exhaust fans in the bathroom and kitchen. Not only will this make your HVAC system work more efficiently, but it will also help improve your air quality.

Clean and Repair Deck/Patio

Over time, weather can wreak havoc on your outdoor space. Use the warm summer months to powerwash your deck or patio. While out there, look for any loose or worn boards you may need to replace and hammer any loose nails. You may also want to consider applying a fresh coat of stain, which will help protect the wood. A good way to check if your deck needs to be resealed is to sprinkle water on the boards. If it beads up, you're good to go. If it soaks right in, it needs to be resealed.

Look for Leaks

Leaking pipes not only waste a ton of water - which means a bigger water bill - the dripping water can also damage your home. Go around and check the pipes, inside and out, to make sure nothing is leaking or dripping.

Maintenance along the way often times can spare you a big repair bill down the road. You may even find some pride and joy in the process!