Cloudy days and cool weather are finally behind us for the year. With the longer days and promise of summer, however, comes a maintenance checklist for Dallas homeowners. The Texas climate calls for specific care to keep your home looking and performing up to standards.
There are plenty of things to attend to outdoors, and it’s a great place to start if you’re ready to enjoy the warmer weather. Begin by inspecting the home and property. Check to make sure there hasn’t been any damage from winter weather and keep an eye out for signs of pests like rodents or termites. These sorts of problems will compound through the year, so you’ll save money and hassle by solving them sooner.
You should also:
- Clean gutters and downspouts. You can, of course, hire this if you’re not able.
- Trim trees and bushes and remove dead plants. Dead plants attract pests, while overgrown branches can crowd or damage power lines and other accessories.
- Check the life of your mulch and replace if necessary. You can also plant new trees and shrubs now instead of later to make it easier on yourself.
- Wash windows and inspecting for leaks. Any signs of exterior water damage are a cause for concern.
- Clean and inspect siding, paint, and/or brick for damage. Siding, for example, is prone to chipping during cold weather, so make sure there aren’t any holes.
The first order of business indoors is to check for leaks. Inspect all windows and attic spaces to make sure your home hasn’t been compromised. The longer you wait to fix an issue like this, the more expensive the repairs will be.
Once you know your home has no damage, you can begin other maintenance tasks, such as changing the air filter and having a professional HVAC inspection. You need to replace air filters frequently to maintain air quality. Your HVAC unit, on the other hand, might need more refrigerant or some other adjustment. This is especially important, because you’ll need the cool air for the upcoming summer heat. Scheduling a yearly appointment can extend the life of the unit, too, which saves you money.
Check all your appliances and clean them well, so you can make sure they’re functioning at full capacity. Don’t overlook your exhaust fans and coils; they can become a fire hazard as grease, dust, and hair accumulate over time. Likewise, you should disconnect the dryer exhaust vent and clean it completely to remove lint build-up and keep your family safe.
If you have questions about maintenance for your new home, contact the team at Luxury Homes Designed and Built by Tony McClung.