Get ready for summer - home maintenance tips

Thursday, June 23, 2011

By Melissa Irons of Irons Brothers Construction

These tips should help you restore order in your home and get it in tip top shape for summer. 

Inside the house:
1. Clean your bathroom - tile, check and clean fans, look for signs of mold and mildew
2. Clean your kitchen range hood - check the filters and clean per manufacturer's recommendations
3. Check your fireplace - review the chimney, clean the firebox, and check the flashing
4. Heater / Air Conditioning unit - schedule a service call so the A/C will perform well when needed
5. Check your attic - look for signs of roof leaks, pests or insects
6. Check your basement - look for leaks, cracks, mold, mildew, rot and pests or insects
7. Hot water heater & tankless units - flush if recommended
8. Check your crawl space - look for signs of pests and wildlife, check the insulation and vapor barrier

Outside the house:
1. Outdoor furniture - inspect, clean and repair
2. Roof - Inspect it for any winter damage
3. Gutters - clean and inspect
4. Paint / Caulking - check and repair if needed
5. Decks and Patios - clean and seal as needed
6. Landscaping and Pruning - plan and start your maintenance
7. Sprinklers - service, check, and start your system


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