Summer is right around the corner, and if you’re planning to sell your home or buy one this season, there are some home maintenance tasks which are best taken care of before cooler weather returns. For home sellers, the following tasks can help you prepare your property for listing. For home buyers, these are the types of things worth asking the seller about, so you can plan accordingly once you move in.
Service Check-ups. There are several systems at work in your home which help you stay comfortable. Before the heat gets too bad, have your HVAC system checked out by a professional to ensure it runs properly when you need it. While the weather is fair, it’s also a great time to have your chimney swept and inspected. Before the rain returns, check your gutters and downspouts for any damages or clogs.
Remember Safety Checks. While it’s recommended that you replace the batteries on your smoke and carbon detectors, it never hurts to test them regularly too. Another safety check to take care of centers around ground fault circuit interrupters or GFCIs. Any electrical outlet with a GFCI has a Test and Reset button built into them and are most often found in kitchens and baths. Testing is easy, plug in an appliance and turn it on then hit the test button. The appliance should turn off. If it doesn’t call an electrician to further inspect and repair as needed.
Examine the Exterior. Take some time to examine the exterior of your home for any damages which need repairing. Check the siding closely, and if able, check your roof too, or have a professional come and inspect it for any damaged shingles. Don’t forget to check windows and doors for air drafts too, new caulking or weather stripping may be in order, and this is easier to deal with while it’s dry. If screens have been damaged from storms, be sure to patch or replace them.
Tackle the Big Cleaning Jobs. Summer is a great time to clean behind the refrigerator and under the stove, and under the washer and dryer too. If your floors need a good scrubbing or wax and polish, warmer weather makes for faster drying. If your garage has seen better days, now is a good time to clean it out. Dust window and door frames as well as ceiling fans. With warmer weather and open windows, dust and dirt will accumulate quickly. Lastly, pressure wash windows, siding and decking, and add a new layer of sealant if needed.
With a summer home maintenance checklist, you can keep your Cook County home looking its best and still enjoy the long, warm days of the season. Find more ideas and information about caring for your home this summer with this HouseLogic article. When you’re ready to buy or sell a home, you want to work with a Realtor® whom is connected to the community and loves where they live. We’re ready to put our expertise to work for you. Learn more at our website, DriscollProperty.com, then contact the Driscoll Properties Team at 847-533-6786 to help you discover the home of your dreams.