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Summer Maintenance Tips for Your Home

May 29, 2020
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One reason people choose to buy new homes is the absence of major unexpected repairs. With new construction and home warranties, you can live in peace for years. Still, in order to maintain the like-new quality of your home, it’s important to keep up with regular maintenance. Each season brings its own issues to check on, and now is a good time to make sure your home is ready for summer. Here are some easy summer maintenance tips!

While your brand new A/C should be fine, keep in mind the need to give it a tune-up in the future before the start of summer to make sure everything is working appropriately, so you don’t fall victim to unexpected high bills when the A/C isn’t working efficiently. Regardless of the age of your home, you should plan to replace your air filters at the start of each season.

After the spring blooms — and rains — make sure your gutters aren’t clogged. Leaves and debris can cause mildew and rot, as well as backups, so be sure to clear them out with a brush and then hose off the gutters to wash away any lingering bits and pieces.

If you have a wood deck, you should expect to refinish it every couple of years, depending on how exposed it is. The best trick to see if your deck needs refinishing is to pour a little water on it. If the water beads, you’re fine, but if it soaks in quickly, it’s time to refinish.

Don’t forget the outdoor furniture on your back deck and front porch. If you have wicker furniture, try dusting it and using the vacuum with a brush attachment to get rid of built-up dust and grime that gets into the crevices. If you have iron or steel furniture, check for rust and treat any by sanding, priming, and coating with rust-resistant paint. If there’s any mildew on umbrellas or other materials, try treating it with a non-chlorine bleach solution of a half-cup of non-chlorine bleach for every five gallons of water.

Finally, at the end of the summer, give your windows a good inspection to make sure all seals are still in place and haven’t dried out from the sun. With a new home, this shouldn’t be a problem for a while, but it’s always a good idea to get into the habit of regularly checking to avoid bigger problems in the future.

Fortunately, if you’ve just bought a new home  or are preparing to, you have a few summers of low-maintenance to look forward to, just taking care of seasonal basics. Maybe get your lawnmower sharpened or tuned up and make the most of your patio areas so that you can fully enjoy the beauty and comfort of your new home this summer and for many summers to come.

Pacific Lifestyle Homes is a home builder in Vancouver WA offering home buyers exquisite homes in the areas newest planned communities featuring picturesque streetscapes, quality construction, and convenient locations. Contact us today at 877.500.5675 to inquire about available Vancouver WA homes or to schedule a private or virtual home tour!

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