Summer Maintenance

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Summer_MaintenancePic2Staying outside during the summer is the quickest and easiest way to keep your house clean. But you also don’t want to be staring at eyesores while you enjoy the sun and fresh air outdoors. Here are a few quick and easy ways to maintain your exterior without breaking the bank or falling into yet another Pinterest fail.

  • Start high. If you’re not comfortable on a ladder, find someone who is. Gutters should be cleaned out during the fall after the leaves fall, but it definitely doesn’t hurt to give those gutters a check at the beginning of summer as well, especially during storm season when you’re counting on them to work properly.
  • From there, take a look at your trees. Trim branches that are dangerously close to your home, and after a few snips step back and enjoy the aesthetic appeal of well-trimmed foliage.
  • Along those same lines, examine your bushes. Many types of bushes work best when trimmed into a uniform shape. However, you must be aware that different varieties of bushes require different trimming techniques. Bushes like the Summer the Wine variety are known for their long, droopy branches, so don’t interfere with their natural aesthetic appeal. Over pruning will stunt the growth of buds and flowers during the next blooming season.
  • Your air conditioner, or heat pump, is a staple for comfort during these humid summer months. Make sure that the cotton from trees is cleaned out for optimal performance, and consider hiring a professional for yearly maintenance. You can usually get on an annual maintenance plan, and the peace of mind is priceless.
  • Also, think about any overgrowth covering your air conditioning unit, trim it back and enjoy the benefits of a well functioning air conditioner.
  • Weeds; the home owner’s nemesis. Pull them out as a team with a family friendly competition, or consider weed spray. We love the environmentally friendly version, but pick an option that fits both your time, and your budget.
  • Pressure washing is the most satisfying way to turn dingy to new. Power wash siding, decks, sidewalks, and enjoy that good as new gleam.
  • And if you’d like to channel your favorite Christmas vacation character (yes, it’s Clark Griswald) just talk a quick stroll around the roof to look for signs of wear and tear. You might see a delightfully well-structured roof, or you might notice some signs of wear. Get a professional up there for a thorough inspection, then when you get the all clear, turn on those sprinklers, fill up the water balloons, and bask in the oasis of summer!

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