Chesapeake Homes Preparing Your Home for Summer Months

Preparing Your Home for Summer Months

A few months ago you may have been reading our Winterize Your Home blog as we prepared our homes for the colder months. Now that the winter months are over, it's the perfect time to turn your hose bibs back on, tidy up around the exterior of your home and take care of a few home maintenance tasks before the heat of summer fully sets in. We've put together a checklist to help you ensure your home is not only ready for the summer months, but to also help you take care of your home so that it stays in excellent conditions throughout the years! 

Give your HVAC a checkup

As the temperatures rise and the seasons shift, it's time to consider the health of your HVAC system. Spring is the perfect time for a routine checkup with your HVAC company. Regular maintenance ensures your system runs efficiently, saving you money on energy bills. Moreover, it helps identify potential issues before they escalate into costly repairs, keeping your home comfortable year-round. Don't wait until summer's heat to discover a problem—schedule your spring HVAC checkup today and enjoy peace of mind all season long. As a reminder, all homes build by Chesapeake Homes include a vendor contact list in your welcome packet, as well as on your circuit breaker. 


Inspect Caulking

Over the winter months, caulking can deteriorate due to fluctuating temperatures and moisture exposure. Damaged or worn caulking can lead to air leaks, water infiltration, and increased energy bills. By inspecting caulking in the springtime, you can identify and repair any areas of concern, ensuring your home remains energy-efficient, comfortable, and protected against the elements. If you have never caulked before, please see our video that shows you how to caulk your home to make this annual chore and easy DIY project!

Inspect Window Screens

While you are checking out your caulking, it's a good time to also check your window screens! After the cooler months have made their rounds, screens can accumulate debris and wear down from harsh weather conditions. Ensuring your screens are in good condition not only keeps pesky bugs out but also allows fresh air to flow freely into your home. If you own a home built by Chesapeake Homes, you can watch this video to learn how to safely open and remove the screens of your vinyl windows. Before you throw open those windows to let in the gentle spring breeze, take a moment to inspect and clean your window screens. It's a small task that makes a big difference in your comfort and enjoyment of the season.


Inspect Gutters and Downspouts

Now it's time to head outside. After the winter months it’s important to check your gutters and downspouts for damage from ice or snow, or to make sure they aren’t clogged with debris. If you aren't sure how to clean your gutters and downspouts or are unsure what to look for, check out our video that explains how to tackle this homeowner maintenance task easily! Neglecting them could lead to water damage to your home's foundation or landscaping. By inspecting and cleaning your gutters and downspouts in the spring, you ensure proper drainage, preventing costly repairs down the line.


Tune Up Lawn Equipment

Inspecting and tuning up your tools now ensures they're ready to tackle the lush growth that lies ahead. From lawnmowers to trimmers, a thorough check ensures they're running smoothly and efficiently, helping you maintain a pristine lawn with ease. Plus, early maintenance helps catch any issues before they escalate, saving you time and frustration down the line. So, grab your tools, give them a once-over, and get ready to enjoy a season of lush greenery and well-groomed lawns.

Trim Trees and Shrubs

Over the winter months, branches can become overgrown and potentially pose a threat to your property. By trimming them back in the spring, you not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of your home but also mitigate risks of damage from falling limbs during spring storms or strong winds. Additionally, pruning promotes healthier growth and can prevent invasive branches from encroaching on your house.


Pressure Wash Exterior Surfaces

Over time, patios, decks, driveways, walkways, and outdoor furniture can accumulate dirt, grime, and mildew, dulling their appearance and compromising their longevity. Pressure washing is the ultimate solution to restore these surfaces to their former glory. By removing built-up debris and stains, you not only enhance the aesthetic appeal of your outdoor areas but also prolong their lifespan. Springtime pressure washing ensures your outdoor spaces are clean, safe, and ready to be enjoyed to the fullest throughout the warmer months ahead.


By staying on top of these chores each year, you will ensure your home lasts up against the elements every year and maintains it's value and curb appeal. Also, don't feel like this all has to be done in one day or one weekend! Take your time over a few weeks to knock these tasks out, saving the outdoor chores for a weekend with nice weather. We hope this checklist helps you prepare your home and enjoy good times and memories for years to come! 

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