Maintaining a home involves a variety of things - cutting the grass, cleaning out the gutters, shoveling the snow, combating insects, making repairs, etc. In particular, weatherproofing your house is a part of the game, whether it is winter or summer. This is where a detailed seasonal maintenance checklist comes in handy. Ultimately, lists for year-round upkeep will vary since they depend on the particulars of your home.
Whether you are a first-time homeowner or just relocated to an area where you finally get to experience all four seasons, there are several important things you should do to get your home ready for summer and winter. Obviously, you should keep up with seasonal maintenance all-year-round, but it's also important to show your home a little extra care during extreme heat and cold/freezing temperatures. Thus, without further ado, let’s go over some pointers to get your home prepared for these two seasons.
Summer is often the best time of year - the sun is shining, schools out, and family vacations are booked. But before you board that plane to parts unknown, you should prep your house for warm weather months. Keeping that in mind, the very first thing you should do is service your air conditioner. This means changing your system's filter and double-checking your unit's overall performance. Next, it is time to spruce up your spring-cleaning efforts. In other words, if you haven’t checked the gutters or cleaned your home’s windows since March, now is definitely a good time to give them a once over.
Other exterior features you need to inspect, clean, or repair include your outdoor plumbing, roof, chimney downspouts, as well as your front and backyard. The start of the season is also a great reason to declutter interior spaces like your attic, closets, home office, and garage.
Likewise, there are few things you should knock off your home to-do list for winter. Again, it is important to start with an inspection of your heating and cooling system. Obviously, your heating system matters most during the colder months. But still, a full review of everything will ensure you are ready for changes in temperatures. This is also a great time to change all your filters again. Furthermore, in the interest of keeping your utility bills low, you should caulk and seal exterior windows, doors, etc. Replacing any trim or rotted wood will make your home nice and toasty this winter as well.
Other winterization musts include sealing masonry/hard surfaces, checking your drainage, plus cleaning your gutters and chimney. You should also cover patio furniture, put away/turn off any lawn care equipment, and prep for snow removal. Lastly, don’t forget to test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Ultimately, these are just a few things you should do to prepare for summer and winter. The good news is with proper and regular maintenance, you generally won’t have a long list of things to do each season to weatherproof your home. Overall, to weatherproof your house, you can also invest in storm windows, service your sump pump, and check for any pest infestation (birds, termites, rats, etc.). Plus, getting your water heater insulation, upgrading to a programmable thermostat, and insulating your attic or basement never hurts either.
Doing these small things will ensure the durability and structural security of your home. That being said, preparing your home for any season is beneficial to your health as well.