Getting Summer-Ready: Essential Home Maintenance Tasks in the Pacific Northwest

Getting Summer-Ready: Essential Home Maintenance Tasks in the Pacific Northwest

As a home owner in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, preparing for summer is not just about soaking up the sun but also ensuring that my home is ready to handle the unique challenges that this season brings. Living in the Seattle area means being proactive about maintenance to protect against the rain, humidity, and the more than occasional heatwaves that characterize our summers. Here are some essential tasks that I make sure to tackle annually to get my home summer-ready:

  1. Inspect and Clean Gutters: With the heavy rainfall we experience during the winter and spring months, my gutters can get clogged with leaves, debris, and moss. Before summer arrives, I take the time to inspect and clean out gutters to prevent water damage and ensure proper drainage during summer showers.
  2. Check Roof for Damage: Our roofs take a beating from the rain and wind throughout the year, so it’s crucial to inspect them annually for any signs of damage or wear and tear. I look for missing or damaged shingles, cracks, and areas of potential leakage, and address any issues promptly to avoid costly repairs down the line. Keep facia and soffits properly painted to help prevent rot (They are wet so often).
  3. Service the HVAC System: As the temperatures start to rise, I want to make sure that my HVAC system is in top condition to keep my home cool and comfortable. Have to change those filters!
  4. Seal Windows and Doors: To keep my home energy-efficient and comfortable during the summer months, I check for any drafts around windows and doors and seal them accordingly. Proper insulation helps to keep cool air in and hot air out, reducing energy costs and improving indoor comfort. Check in the attic and basement for any batting that has fallen and secure it.
  5. Inspect and Clean Outdoor Spaces: With summer comes more time spent outdoors, so I want to make sure that my outdoor spaces are clean, and inviting. I inspect my deck or patio for any signs of damage, such as loose boards or splinters, and give it a thorough cleaning to remove dirt, moss, and mildew. I knocked that out five weeks ago when it first starting warming up!
  6. Prevent Pest Infestations: Warmer weather can bring an increase in pest activity, so I take proactive measures to prevent infestations in and around my home. I inspect for signs of pests such as ants, termites, and rodents, and address any issues around the perimeter of the building(s) promptly. I also trim back vegetation and clear debris from around the perimeter of my home to reduce hiding spots for pests. For example, bees like to find access to walls.
  7. Prepare Outdoor Furniture and Equipment: Before I start spending time outdoors, I take inventory of my outdoor furniture, grill, and other equipment to ensure that they are clean, functional, and ready to use. I give my furniture a good cleaning, check for any needed repairs, and stock up on essentials for the grill.
  8. Updates: We pick one room or area to update. There is one wall with ‘red’ in our dining room that may be getting nixed soon. There will be others I’m sure. The point is to decide if there are areas or parts of the house that you’d like updated during the summer. For example, becoming full or partial empty-nesters as a child goes off to college is often a reason for a room makeover.
  9. Paint and Refinish: Exterior surfaces here in the Pacific Northwest can be put under a lot of stress throughout the year. Making sure peeling paint is corrected and that clear finishes are maintained (sand and re-apply, etc.) is core to keeping your real estate from getting into trouble. Every spring and summer I take time to go around the house on a warm, dry day, and scrape loose paint before touching up wherever needed.

Tackling these essential home maintenance tasks annually, I can enjoy the summer months in the Pacific Northwest with peace of mind, knowing that my home is well-prepared to handle whatever the season may bring. From ensuring proper drainage to keeping pests at bay, these simple steps help me make the most of this beautiful time of year in our corner of the country.

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Author Since: March 21, 2023