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By Manisha Jain, Broker, Realtor | Broker in 97229

Home Maintenance Tips This Summer

Being a homeowner also means to keep your home in tip-top shape. The best way to keep up with the upkeep of your home is to divide the chores and map out a seasonal home maintenance plan, so you know what needs to be done when. Deferred maintenance builds quickly, and can lead to further, more expensive issues.  It can also detour or even kill a sale, and leave you feeling overwhelmed. 

Summer checklist items include care and repair of your deck, cleaning and caring for your air conditioning unit, checking and protecting your crawlspace, testing and maintaining garage doors and don’t forget your yards. Here are some more maintenance items around the house that you should take a look at so you are in control of your home instead of the other way around:


Inside the house:

1. Clean your bathroom tiles, 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

Hopefully these tasks aren’t too much for you to handle. They don’t all have to be done in one day so be sure to spread out the workload over the summer so that you’ve still got time to enjoy with your family.

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By Kc,  Thu Jul 28 2011, 12:51
For garage door maintenance or a remodel, try Flag Overhead Garage Doors http://flagoverhead.com. They service the South Bay, East Bay and the Peninsula area of the San Francisco Bay area. They are very customer oriented and offer fast, friendly & professional service. Pricing is very reasonable so they are great for home owners that are trying to make repairs or upgrades with a predefined budget in mind. They have a wide array of different options for new garage doors and can make recommendations based on your described needs. We used them for our remodel and were so happy, we recommended them to our neighbors who had a broken spring on their garage door.
By Ruth & Perry Mistry,  Sat Aug 13 2011, 18:25
Right on , not a one day project.

Kc, thanks for the comment.

By Voices Member,  Thu Nov 7 2013, 19:22
These are excellent tips Manisha, I wish you lived here in CO to help sell my home. I always hire an air conditioning service company in the Northern, CO area for a good cleaning. I hate it when the AC goes out right in the middle of summer. I feel like James and the giant peach, sweltering away in the summer time.
By Jim Tracy,  Fri Jul 11 2014, 10:37
The one that stood out to me in this list is the hood cleaning. I don't think I've ever done that in my house. I will definitely have to do it this weekend!

Jim Tracy | http://www.shannonco.com

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