The long days of summer are the perfect time to catch up on several annual home maintenance activities.  These can often be done in one weekend, with plenty of time leftover to enjoy the sun. Plus going through this list can save you time, money and headaches down the road:

1) Air Conditioning Tune-Up

The number one priority for your summer home maintenance checklist is to have your air conditioning (AC) unit tuned up. As important as getting your car tuned, your AC needs to be tuned to inspect and prevent unwanted emergencies. This can be done yourself or with the help of a professional.

The tune up includes inspecting refrigerant levels – that’s the magic that keeps your unit running cool. Followed by looking at your fan to ensure it’s functioning well and changing out the air filter.

Story Team Tip: Call us for recommended HVAC technicians. 

2) Roof check

Your roof should be inspected annually to ensure that you don’t have any problems. Whether you have just ended your rainy season or are about to begin it, checking your roof each summer will assist in finding a small problem before it becomes a large, leaky one.

Contingent on the type of roof, you may also want to clean your roof to avoid any permanent water damage. Especially if there are pine needles or other debris that accumulate on it.

Story Team Tip: Let us provide trusted roofing and insurance contacts for your home.

3) Clean gutters

Cleaning gutters regularly will help prevent clogging and unnecessary leaks. It is recommended that gutters are cleaned twice a year: once in late fall – after all of the leaves have fallen and once in early summer.

Story Team Tip: Use a small plastic scoop to remove debris. Once clean, flush the gutters with a hose to remove any other debris.

4) Window check

Ensure that the hot summer heat stays outside by checking and maintaining your home’s windows. One of the key items in window maintenance is routinely checking the sealants.

Ensure that both inside and out are secured, and caulk any open areas in between. Also, check weather-stripping for any faults and replace it immediately if there is an issue. Taking care of windows will keep your home looking and feeling good.

Story Team Tip: Mix up the perfect streak window cleaning solution by mixing 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon liquid soap or detergent, and 2 cups of water – and get cleaning.

5) Wash the exterior of your home:

An important element of maintaining your home’s exterior is to routinely clean it, and the easiest way to do so is to pressure wash the walls. Do it to remove dirt, stains and mildew, especially prior to painting.

Story Team Tip: ensure that you cover plants, electrical outlets, windows and doors to avoid any DIY mishaps and get cleaning.