Easy Peasy July Home Maintenance Tips for your East Texas Home

Easy Peasy July Home Maintenance Tips for your East Texas Home

Easy Peasy July Home Maintenance Tips for your East Texas Home

Easy Peasy July Home Maintenance Tips for your East Texas Home

Well…are you hot enough yet? It seems like the heat hit overnight and when it hit, it really hit! I know it’s hot and all you want to do is eat snow cones (absolutely zero judgment—in fact, I’ll take a rainbow one!), but stay the course and beat the heat with these summer home maintenance tips:

  1. BE COOL—Your air conditioner is doing full-time duty right now, so make sure it is at peak performance. Change the A/C vent monthly before it is too clogged to cool! The best part is this takes less than 5 minutes!
  2. NO LEAKY—Check underneath all your sinks and any other “wet areas” to make sure there are no active leaks. Another place to check on your leak search is the washer hose connection, especially if the view of the connection is blocked where you may not see a leak immediately. If you do have a leak, get it repaired fast—water is not your friend, unless you are floating on a raft in a pool.
  3. CHOP, CHOP—All this rain has made tree limbs heavy and they are falling like crazy. Be sure to cut dead limbs and remove dead trees so that the extra weight doesn’t drop them on your house.   If you can do it yourself, even better; however, if the limbs are over your house or close to the house, I would highly recommend a professional.       Paying for a “haircut” is still cheaper than a limb coming through your ceiling! Estimated time: Varies—30 minutes for some light DIY trimming to half a day for big choppin’.
  4. KID SAFE YARD—It’s backyard season! Hooray! Be sure your family and friends can enjoy your great outdoors without getting a tetanus shot—that is no fun! Loose screws, nails and splinters can injure people and kill the fun at a backyard BBQ. Inspect all outdoor furniture and outside play equipment (swing sets, trampolines, pools, etc.) for possible dangers. Tighten bolts, check for rotted parts and fix any other unsafe problems before they end a day in tears. Estimated time: 5-45 minutes!
  5. PICKET FIXIN’—Inspect your fence for loose pickets, rotten posts or any other damage and make any repairs needed. Be sure that any damage is not from wood destroying insects. If termites are present, get it treated immediately—they won’t stop eating until treated. Time needed: possibly a few hours depending on how much repair is needed.
  6. HOST(ESS) WITH THE MOSTEST—This is probably the most important item on the list—because there is no such thing as too much summer fun. All work and no play makes you a grumpy summer camper. Plan something fun at your house—it doesn’t have to be anything lavish! Grill some hotdogs and call your friends! Make the most of your summer before it is gone! I’ll be waiting for my invite! J

Unfortunately, houses don’t take summer holidays, so you’ve got to stay on top of your maintenance in order to keep everything in great shape. However, don’t forget to enjoy the long days of summer—after all, what fun is a perfectly maintained home if it isn’t enjoyed with friends and some tasty meat on the grill?

Lisa E. Priest loves a good cookout and is a Palestine, Texas Real Estate Broker with Picket Fence Realty, Inc. You can reach her via phone or text at 903-948-3343 or read more at BuyPalestine.com.

 

Easy Peasy July Home Maintenance Tips for your East Texas Home