Summer is the best time to do a lot of work in and around the house.
You'll obviously be doing gardening and landscape maintenance, and there are a number of things you'll want to do while windows and doors can be left open and there are things you'll need to do that are specific to this season. Plan your projects. Because our summer days and weekends are busy with fun things, you might want to save some for the fall, when we often have surprisingly warm days.
Keep your investment in top shape during the summer. Here's a checklist to inspire you:
Summer Home Maintenance
Taking Care of Your Investment
(adapted from CMHC by Harry Naghavi, Your Friendly Realtor)
- Use a dehumidifier to maintain relative humidity below 60 per cent in basement.
- Clean or replace air-conditioning filter, and clean or replace ventilation system filters if necessary.
- Inspect basement pipes for condensation or dripping and, if necessary, take corrective action; for example, reduce humidity and/or insulate cold water pipes.
- Check the basement floor drain to ensure the trap contains water; refill with water if necessary.
- If you have a plumbing fixture that is not used frequently, for example, a laundry tub or spare bathroom sink, tub or shower stall, run some water briefly to keep water in the trap.
- Deep clean carpets and rugs.
- Disconnect the duct connected to your clothes dryer, and vacuum lint from duct, the areas surrounding your dryer and your dryer’s vent hood outside.
- Check smooth functioning of all windows, and lubricate as required.
- Inspect window putty on outside of glass panes of older houses, and replace if needed.
- Sand and touch up paint on windows and doors.
- Lubricate door hinges, and tighten screws as needed.
- Check for and replace damaged caulking and weatherstripping around mechanical and electrical services, windows and doorways, including the doorway between the garage and the house.
- Lubricate garage door hardware, and ensure it is operating properly.
- Lubricate automatic garage door opener motor, chain and other moving parts, and ensure that the auto-reverse mechanism is properly adjusted.
- Repair any damaged steps
- Check all guardrails and handrails.
- Repair driveway and walkways as needed.
- Check exterior wood siding and trim for signs of deterioration; clean, replace or refinish as needed.
- Remove any plants that contact — and roots that penetrate — the siding or brick.
- From the ground, check the general condition of the roof and note any sagging that could indicate structural problems requiring further investigation from inside the attic. Note the condition of shingles for possible repair or replacement, and examine roof flashings, such as at chimney and roof joints, for any signs of cracking or leakage.
- Check the chimney cap and the caulking between the cap and the chimney.