Maintaining your home is crucial not only for preserving its value but also for ensuring a safe and comfortable living environment. Summer provides an excellent opportunity to address these key maintenance tasks that can prevent costly repairs down the line.

Home ownership can also come with unexpected expenses. Please reach out to me if you find your fix-it bills are exceeding your budget. We have some great options.

Exterior Maintenance
Gutters and Downspouts: Clear debris to ensure proper drainage and prevent water damage.
Roof Inspection: Check for and repair any missing or damaged shingles.
Power Washing: Clean siding, driveways, and walkways to remove mold and grime.
Windows and Doors: Seal gaps with weatherstripping or caulk to improve energy efficiency.
Lawn and Garden: Regularly mow, trim bushes, and remove weeds.
Fencing: Repair loose or damaged posts and panels.
Decks and Patios: Inspect for loose boards and reseal wooden decks.
HVAC and Energy Efficiency
Air Conditioning: Schedule professional servicing and replace air filters.
Ceiling Fans: Clean blades and set fans to spin counterclockwise for cooling.
Attic: Ensure proper insulation and seal any gaps.

Plumbing and Water Management
Leak Checks: Inspect faucets, toilets, and outdoor spigots for leaks.
Sump Pump: Test to ensure it’s working properly.
Sprinkler Systems: Check for broken heads and adjust watering schedules.

Safety and Security
Detectors: Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and replace batteries.
Home Security: Inspect systems and update settings if necessary.

Garage: Organize and dispose of hazardous materials.
Outdoor Furniture: Clean, repair, and protect furniture.
Pest Control: Look for signs of pests and take preventative measures.

Dawn Van Nieuwenhuyzen — Senior Mortgage Banker – NMLS #21096 – Plains Commerce Bank — (605) 261-6721. Loans subject to credit approval. This is intended for informational purposes only. Always consult with a tax professional. Member FDIC. Equal Housing Lender.