Now that summer is underway, here are a few tips that will help to keep your custom built home looking good and functioning properly. Taking care of any issues when you first find them can help you avoid a much larger costly repair down the road.
Check all detectors
Be sure to test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors thought your home. This will ensure they will be able to notify you incase of an emergency in your home. You should replace the batteries to these detectors once a year, try to switch them all at the same time every year to avoid forgetting which ones have already been done.
Porch and decks
Sweep off your porches and decks so the are free for leaves, twigs, and other debris. This will help ensure your outdoor space looks great and will help allow water to drain properly off of them.
Take some time in the summer to clean the outside of your home. Be sure to look up the best way to clean the specific kind of material that was used on the outside of your home whether it be brick, vinyl or aluminum siding, or any other type of material, this with help you avoid any damage. This will improve the look of your home and prolong the life of the material on the outside your home.
Check for leaks
When you are outside using the faucets and hoses, be sure to check for any leaks. Get them fixed immediately to avoid any damage to the foundation of your home.
Energy savings tips
There are a few things you can do to keep energy costs down in the warm summer months. First, make sure all air conditioning vents are closed in rooms that you don’t usually use. This will prevent you from cooling down a room that doesn’t need it. Try to use natural light. You can use less of the lights in your home due to the fact that summer days have significantly more sunlight throughout the day.
One evening during the summer be sure to inspect all of your outdoor bulbs and replace them if necessary. Also, be sure to test any timer and motion sensors to ensure that they are working properly. This is especially important if you are planning a vacation where you may be gone for an extended period of time.
Complete any interior caulking and painting
Summer is the perfect time to do any interior caulking or painting. The weather allows for the windows to be open allowing you to avoid any dangerous fumes from building up while you are working and also helps to accelerate the drying time.