If you've been putting off essential home maintenance, summer is the perfect time to take care of all the odd jobs. Make the most of the longer days, warmer temperatures and fresh breezes to make sure your home and garden are safe, clean and sparkling ready for your summer guests – here's a checklist of some of the essentials to help you get started.
- Inspect your air conditioners
Don't wait until the hottest months of the year to find out your cooling system needs fixing. If you haven't used the air conditioner for a while, remove and clean the air filters before starting the unit.
- Check all detectors and alarms
Routine checks of your home's smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, fire extinguishers, security alarms and other vital systems can save lives.
- Look for leaks
You're probably going to be relying on sprinklers, hoses and other water systems a lot more in the hot months, so inspect all hoses, faucets and plumbing fixtures for leaks that could compromise water pressure and run up expensive bills.
- Wash the windows
Check your windows for leaks that could be letting excess heat inside your home, and clean the glass inside and out to prevent glare and preserve the view.
- Maintain roofs and gutters
Inspect your roof and eaves for leaks and damage, remove debris such as fallen leaves and insect nests, and clean your gutters and downpipes.
- Inspect driveways and paths
Make sure your drives, pathways and other hard surfaces are presentable and free from obstructions by sweeping away leaves, power washing, and fixing any loose stones that could be a tripping hazard.
- Check the deck
If you have a wooden deck or patio, check that the wood is free from signs of rot, damage and hazards such as loose nails. Test whether your deck is adequately sealed by applying water and checking that it pools on the surface – if it penetrates into the wood, the deck will need to be re-sealed.
- Mulch the lawn
As well as checking your mower and other gardening tools, adding a layer of mulch to your lawn will help it hold on to moisture for longer and reduce weeds.
- Clean the BBQ
Summer is barbecue season, and if you have an outdoor cooker permanently installed or you're unpacking the portable grill, treat it to an intensive clean before use, being sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions.
- Prep the pool
Nothing beats the summer heat like a dip in the pool. Make sure yours is thoroughly clean and check that the filters and pumps are in good working order.
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