Summer is full swing! The smell of freshly cut grass, flowers blooming, and food grilling on the barbecue fills the air. The one thing you cannot smell is your house’s demands on what tasks it needs to be done this month. Get your home ready for July with these monthly tasks!
Check all exterior walls for peeling or cracked paint. If you decide to repaint your house yourself, you can limit the time spent on his project by painting just one or two walls per year. Typically, paint on the south and west-facing walls; they deteriorate faster and requires more frequent re-coating than paint on the north or east-facing walls.
Carefully inspect brick or masonry siding for cracks or missing mortar. Repair with fresh mortar or concrete caulk.
Inspect roofing material for cracks, or loose, or missing shingles and repair as necessary. If you have access to attic spaces, check underneath the roof for stains that indicate leaks, especially in roof valleys and around chimneys and vent stacks.
Inspect the operation of automatic light timers and motion-detector systems, especially if you planned a vacation.
Prune trees and shrubs so that branches do not come in contact with exterior siding.
Inspect foundation walls for signs of termites --tunnels or dirt bridges. If you suspect termites, contact a professional exterminator.