Your July May Get Even Busier: Home Maintenance Checklist
July seems to be a busy month in most San Diego homes. If you have kids who are out of school, it’s up to you to dream up new ways to keep them out of trouble (and away from non-stop television and video gaming). Even if you don’t have kids at home, it’s tempting to work hard so that you can play hard too! You want to be ahead at work and around the house so you can relax and enjoy your vacation. Or recover from it.
And then, it’s likely that in the back of your mind, is the knowledge that you’ve been putting off your annual maintenance once-over. In all of our homes, there are areas that need looking after. July and August are the best times to get them. On dry days, that aren’t too blisteringly hot to work, it’s great to fix the areas that the year’s wear and tear could potentially turn into future problems.
Warm weather is perfect for conducting a timely energy audit. Any gaps or cracks around doors or windows – the likely culprits if heat leakage raised last winter’s energy bills – can most easily be filled in warm weather. If you’re a dedicated DIY’er, grab some caulk or other professional-grade material and get filling. If you’re less handy, call me for a professional referral to someone who can analyze your energy audit. A review of the year’s energy bills will tell you whether that makes dollars and sense.
Summer is also a great time to pay attention to the big one: the foundation! It’s prudent in all San Diego homes to clean visible concrete surfaces. Sidewalks and steps can be cleaned very effectively with the same pressure washer you use to clean your car. When it comes to the foundation, be sure to check for cracks, water or mold. If mold or water is present, a trusted contractor or structural engineer will be able to recommend a solution that prevents real trouble in the future.
Don’t forget to look closely at your home’s deck or patio. Standing water rots wood. The solution can be as simple as slipping planter “feet” beneath outdoor flower pots. As long as water is able to flow around or under stationary objects, the underlying wood will benefit.
These are only a few examples of what you can make part of your summer home maintenance checklist. Call me anytime with home and maintenance-related questions, if you need a recommendation for a reliable local contractor or service provider, or if you want to check on the status of the San Diego homes for sale in your neighborhood.