6 Home Repairs You Can’t Afford to Skip This Summer

by Ben SanfordJuly 26, 2017

Take Some Time This Summer to Give Your Home Some TLC

The summer months are the perfect time to get some work done around the house. Investing a little time and a few resources now will help fortify your house all year round. These tips will help keep your house fresh and cool in the summer while protecting it from damaging mold, mildew, and other wear-and-tear.
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Clear Gutters and Downspouts

This is a fairly simple fix that makes a big difference, especially if your home is located in a rainy city, like Seattle or San Francisco. The dry season is a great way to clear leaves and rubbish, which will prevent water damage and leaks when the rainy season hits again. Experts suggest cleaning your gutters semi-annually, twice a year should get the job done.

In addition to preventing water damage, having clean gutters will make the exterior of your home look fresher and more clean and improving your home’s curb appeal is always good.
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Service Your Air Conditioner and Revamp Insulation

If you live in a region that gets extremely hot in the summer, like Sacramento or New Orleans, it could be worth it to have a professional come check out your insulation, as proper attic insulation could lower your cooling costs this summer. Likewise, make sure your air conditioner has a fresh filter and get it serviced at least once a year.

Not only will these small repairs make your home more comfortable to live in this summer, but they will also lower your cooling costs significantly. When winter hits, you will appreciate having that extra insulation in the attic.

The experts at House Logic note that adding insulation to your home could save you up to $600 dollars per year. Be sure to check out our post on other ways to prep your home for summer heat.

Repair Water Damage to the Roof

Your roof does a lot of work for you in the winter months by protecting you from wind, snow, and extreme temperatures. So this summer, give your roof a thank you by putting in some work that will fortify it and prevent leaks and drafts in the future.

The Family Handyman suggests keeping a constant watch out for roof leaks by paying close attention to any water stains on your ceilings and walls. Roof leaks can cause rotting, mold, and damaged insulation, so summer is the perfect time to get a handle on your roof’s well being.

Depending on what climate you live in, different kinds of roofs will be more beneficial and longer lasting. Check out our post on what kind of roof is best for your home based on where you live for more insight.

Give Your Deck or Porch a Pressure Wash

If you live in a city that uses salt on the roads like many cities in the Northeast, including Boston and Portsmouth, you probably have a lot of salt residue on your walkways, deck, and porch. This is a fairly easy fix — a good pressure wash and maybe a coat of paint will do wonders to remove a sticky layer of salt.

Pressure washing can also remove dirt and mildew, but be aware that pressure washing can damage some woods and stains, so make sure you follow the instructions on your washer.

Roy Berendsohn, a senior home editor at Popular Mechanics, suggests keeping the nozzle moving as you wash and making sure not to spray upwards, as this can chip paint.
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Window Maintenance

Washing your windows on the inside and the outside is a job that most people would like to avoid when the weather is cold and wet, so summer is the perfect time to get this job out of the way.

Likewise, new window panes can significantly cut the cost of cooling, as quality window panes act as insulation to your home. House Logic estimates that you could save up to $800 on heating and cooling just by installing one Energy-star qualified window!

If you live in a city that can be humid and muggy, like Charlotte or Jacksonville, adding screens can be a good way to let in cooler evening air without inviting tons of mosquitoes and other critters into your house.

Give Your Home a New Coat of Paint

If your home is in a region that gets a lot of summer sun, you may want to give your exterior a new coat of paint to ensure that your home still shines even after the sun sets.

Go for a color scheme that will hide dirt while simultaneously resisting sun damage. Check out our post on trending exterior paint colors for 2017 to ensure that your house looks bright and classy this summer season.

Summer Home Maintenance Brings Yearlong Home Happiness

Taking the time to get outside and work on your home this summer will boost your home’s value in the long run. Giving your home a little extra TLC this summer will end up saving you money, saving your labor in the colder months, and improve your home’s curb appeal.


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About The Author
Ben Sanford
Ben is a real estate agent and freelance writer. He's lived on the east coast his entire life and is just as "at home" on a snowboard as he is in the office. When not writing about local real estate markets and researching hot new tips for homeowners, he can be found working on his home renovation projects with help from his wife Melissa and their kids, Josh and Cheyenne.
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