Summertime, and the livin’ is easy – according to the lyrics of that favorite old standard by George Gershwin, anyway. For many of us, however, summertime means endless chores, especially of the outdoor variety.
If you’re a homeowner, maintenance may seem like a four-letter word, but it’s a necessary evil that comes with the territory. So to paraphrase another once-popular song, make hay while the sun shines, Nellie! Sometimes that’s easier said than done.
If your free time is at a premium (whose isn’t these days?), don’t tackle everything at once – try pacing yourself; schedule a couple of smaller, quicker tasks or one larger, more time-consuming job per week. If you can spare the time, you might try getting it all done in one weekend so you can mark it off your to-do list.
Naturally, the following list of tips from Travelers Insurance, one of our trusted providers, isn’t all-inclusive…but it should be enough to get you going.
Check deck or patio for possible deterioration and safety hazards such as loose boards and protruding nails.
Check electrical outlets for potential fire hazards such as frayed wires or loose-fitting plugs. Be sure not to overload electrical outlets, fuse boxes, extension cords, or any other power service.
Check all window and door locks to ensure correct functioning. Make sure all locks are secure and there are no holes in any of the screens.
Inspect recreational equipment for proper operation and possible dangers (e.g., Are swing sets secure, and do they contain any rusty bolts?).
Carefully inspect your toilet. Look for the erosion of plastic floater valves, and check all pipe connections.
Clean or replace your furnace filter.
Clean the clothes dryer exhaust duct and space under the dryer. Remove all lint, dust, and pieces of material.
Inspect washing machine hoses periodically, and replace hoses that show signs of wear or leakage.
Have your roof inspected by a professional once every few years to identify areas of potential leakage.
When you’re all finished, make sure you reward yourself with a nice backyard barbecue or by reserving a spot at your favorite campground!