10 Home Improvements You Must Tackle This Summer

Today’s Homeowner’s 4 Seasons of Home Ownership is a curated collection of how-to videos, articles and tips to keep your home running smoothly throughout the year. The summer checklist focuses mainly on the exterior of the house, paying close attention to the siding and trim, fencing and gates, outdoor furniture and grill, driveway and sidewalks.

See how we helped a family take on the summer checklist in the 4 Seasons of Home Ownership: Summer episode of Today’s Homeowner With Danny Lipford. And, check out Simple Steps to Summer Prep for more info.

wood gate by lake
Inspect fencing and gates and make any needed repairs.

Summer Checklist

Top 10 Must Do

  1. Change AC and heating system filters.
  2. Flush out AC drain line with bleach twice during the summer.
  3. Check for loose railings or damage on wood decks. Repair, if needed.
  4. Inspect fencing and gates for damage. Repair, if needed.
  5. Clean all outdoor furniture.
  6. Thoroughly clean and inspect outdoor grill.
  7. Have fireplace chimney professionally inspected and cleaned.
  8. Scrape any loose paint from siding and wood trim, then prime and paint.
  9. Clean all windows inside and out.
  10. Pull all weeds and add mulch to gardens and planting beds.
patio furniture
Clean and protect the furniture on your
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19 Tips to Maintain Your Home This Winter Season

People spend 90 percent of their time indoors during the winter season, so tackling the chores on this checklist ensures healthy air and water quality throughout this period.

The 4 Seasons of Home Ownership is a curated collection of how-to videos, articles and tips to keep your home running smoothly throughout the year.

This winter checklist (which is applicable for seasonal chores from late December through late March) also focuses on making sure you and your home are prepared in case of severe winter weather.

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Clean and oil your snowblower to keep it running efficiently this winter.

Winter Checklist

Here are 10 things you must do during the winter season. That’s why we pushed them to the top of our checklist. 

  1. Change heating system filters.
  2. Clean kitchen range hood filter.
  3. Clean all baseboard heaters.
  4. Change water and icemaker filters on the refrigerator.
  5. Thoroughly clean, oil and prepare snowblower for winter.
  6. Gather tools and supplies for removing ice from walkways and driveways.
  7. Inspect the washing machine hoses for leaks or damage. Replace, if necessary.
  8. Insulate exposed water lines and hose bibs.
  9. Set ceiling fans to rotate clockwise to circulate warm air.
  10. Prepare portable or standby generators.
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Add a winter survival kit
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