June 2018

Get your home in shape for summer

The long days of summer are perfect for outdoor cooking and open-air soirées. But before the fun begins, be sure to take care of a few of the practical details. Here are the five essential points for summer maintenance:

Stay cool
This is the busy season for your fans and air conditioners. Make sure AC filters are removed and cleaned (consider calling a professional if you have central air-conditioning), and wipe ceiling-fan blades with a damp cloth.

Turn on the heat
Those grills have probably been sitting idle for a few months, so give them a good once-over before you plan your next backyard barbecue. For a gas grill, let it cook for about half an hour, let it cool, then clean with a wire brush. A charcoal grill will need to be completely emptied and washed with warm soapy water.

Check decks and porches
Beyond the usual sweeping and mopping, you may want to check there's nothing in need of extra attention — nails sticking out of the deck, structural damage (like rot), or wood that needs to be resealed to kick things up a notch.

Spruce up the garden
Trim and deadhead your plants and trees in preparation for the spurt of summer growth. A layer of mulch will keep weeds under control as well as help your garden retain moisture when the temperatures start to climb.

Keep it clear
If you didn't give your exterior windows a thorough wash in the spring, now's the time to tackle them. Few things beat looking out over a well-kept yard through sparkling windows.

While you're in the mood for maintenance, you might want to explore something bigger. The warm weather makes summer an ideal time for more ambitious projects. Do you want to build a deck or fire pit? Does your roof require attention? Do some of the older windows and doors need replacing?

When you're considering bigger projects, think about a Bank of America home equity line of credit (HELOC). It's a great way to finance home improvements and unexpected repairs. Contact me to learn more.


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