May Home “Honey Do” List

May Home “Honey Do” List

These May Home Maintenance Tips will make easy work of making sure your home stays fresh and is summer ready! The days of complaining about the heat are coming soon (if it ever stops raining, that is). Be ready to beat the heat with these home maintenance tips:

TAKE A GANDER — This is especially important with all the stormy weather we have had lately. Walk around your house and property to make sure there is not any previously unseen property damage. Look for missing or damaged roof shingles, siding and flashing. Since we’ve had so much rain, be sure to pay attention to any potential drainage issues. If you notice problems with pooling water or water seepage, correct it quickly before it turns into a bigger problem.

EMPTY THE GARAGE— The temperatures are mild right now and it’s a great time to clean out the garage before it gets too hot. The garage is often a dumping ground for items that have no other place to call home. Be ruthless! Get rid of all the extra stuff that need to go! Junk accumulates in the garage quickly, especially in summer months, so the more you purge now, the less clutter you’ll have later.

STEAK READY — I don’t know about you, but I look forward to the first summer BBQ cookout every year. Be prepped and ready by checking the propane tank levels and cleaning the interior and exterior of the grill. There’s nothing worse than having the meat prepped and no gas to cook with!

PORCH REDO — Summer BBQs, swimming and relaxing by the pool…ahhh, the days of summer! High season for houseguests and parties is coming, so make sure your porch is a welcoming invite. It doesn’t have to be a big to do— a fresh welcome mat, a good sweeping and a pot of pretty blooms will do the trick!

CRITTER PATROL — The not-so-scientific term for squirrels, mice, raccoons and other pests in East Texas is “varmint,” and you don’t want them anywhere in your house. Perform a visual check around your house to check for any holes where they may be coming in. If there are any holes (and especially if the holes contain a pair of eyes looking back at you), figure out a way to get the varmint out and secure the opening asap. Critters in an attic can do a lot of damage and can be dangerous if they chew through the wrong wires—and the scuttling sounds are just plain creepy!

A little pre-summer “honey do” list is much more pleasant before the dog days of summer are upon us. Maintenance may not be super fun, but it pays off in the long run and when summer does arrive, you’ll spend the time having fun instead of working on checking off those good ole “honey-dos!”

Lisa Priest is ready for sandals and sunshine and is a Broker with Picket Fence Realty, Inc. You can reach her via phone or text at 903-948-3343 or read more at