Some things you do yourself. Some things you do not do. This is how you know who they are.
As summer approaches, you need to do more than just pull out the light bedding. There are also various house-related tasks to take care of, but the question is, what should you do yourself – thereby saving money and getting a sense of self-satisfaction? And what should you pay someone else to do (save time and make sure difficult things are done right)?
We have some home maintenance tips for you. Here is a list of important summer tasks, divided into two categories: The ones that you can safely do yourself, and the ones that you should leave to the professionals. is more Bob Vila or Tim “The Toolman” Taylor, these are the jobs you can probably handle yourself (with occasional help from YouTube). Below are our top tips for home maintenance for the jobs you can take care of yourself. (After all, when the drain backs up into the gutter, the water still wants to go somewhere.) All you need to clean the gutter is a sturdy ladder and some rubber gloves. As a homeowner, you can easily prevent excess gutters or clogged gutters by clearing away leaves or debris. with the air filter on a standard air conditioner is simple. (And importantly – a dirty air filter is an inefficient filter, which means your home air will not be as clean or as cool as you want it to be.) Detailed instructions for removing and cleaning (or, if necessary) , replace) An air conditioning filter can be found here, but if you can maintain a vacuum cleaner it will not be difficult.
Clean and top up your deck and patio
A good maintenance tip for a homeowner is to spruce up exterior paint. Not only is it simple, but it will make your home look healthy and new. You should do it yourself because it is simple, it can be fun and your children can even get involved if they are old enough to hold a brush and wear a mask. (You know, the skill we're all learned over the past year.)
The fun thing comes when you borrow a high pressure washer to clean your wood or concrete surfaces – feel the power! (And make a driveway while you're at it.) The easy part is to apply paint or varnish on a flat surface that you can reach without a ladder. This is where the children get involved: You can apply the varnish as a family, which makes everyone feel proud when you spend the next few months hanging out outside.
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Get rid of weeds and plant things in the garden
Clearing out overgrown weeds can really add so much beauty to your home exterior. This is another simple, family-friendly activity. This simple tip for maintaining spring cleaning can be done in a single afternoon and will really raise your threshold. Get the kids involved: Rubber gloves are available in all sizes and your little ones can reach the little weeds in the driveway without hurting their knees, which may not be true for everyone in the family. Planting things together is a great way to make your children happy about nature and to give them a regular project that will not feel like a project.
Pruning Your Trees
There are several reasons to prune your trees. They look nicer. Removing dead or diseased branches is good for the health of the tree. Removing the branches is also good for your health, if there is a risk that they may fall on your house during extreme weather. Everything you might want to know about pruning trees can be found here.
Invest in a good ladder and some not too expensive tools like a modest chainsaw or a pull-out Japanese-style handsaw, so you may never have to pay anyone to do this for you. That said, if you're looking at branches that are outside the steps or require you to actually climb a tree, call the pros. When children fall from trees and injure themselves, we think they are adventurous. When adults do that, we just think they're making bad decisions.
Deeply clean your grill
If your grill is not quite grubby right now, it means you either did not use it last year or you just bought a new one. For everyone else, it's time to give that thing a good scrub. You should do this yourself for two reasons: 1. When you clean your grill deeply, you recognize and celebrate summer time. 2. It's just not that difficult. Instructions for cleaning different types of grill can be found here. Your grill manufacturer may have their own ideas, but if you have access to hot water, detergent and something to scrub with, you do not need guidance, just a little elbow grease.
Hire a Pro
Anyone who says "nothing risked, nothing won," has not sent themselves to ER to try to wriggle in and out of a crawl space in a failed attempt to repair their air conditioning. Here are some tasks, including seasonal air conditioning maintenance and roof repairs, that are best left to the pros.
Check and Repair Your Shingles, Siding, Doors and / or Windows
Depending on where you live, winter can be hell on your exterior. Small holes, brittle seal and chipped paint are just some of the problems that can come up in the spring. If your home's exterior needs roof repair, hire a professional to handle the job.
Why hire a professional? : Depending on your level of dexterity, you can check and repair all of this yourself with your sturdy ladder to take you from the gutters to the roof. But crawling around on the roof is a great way to have an accident, and if you find something that needs fixing or spreading, a professional is likely to do a nicer job. If you have ever lost your own bathtub, you know how difficult it can be to do seemingly simple jobs in a way that actually looks good when you are done. The money you spend on someone who fixes your shingles properly is much less than what you spend on dealing with leaks and mold that comes from doing a less than perfect job. Many home insurance policies also cover roof repairs, so be sure to check if you can actually "hire" a professional for free.
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Clean and service your HVAC system
If your air conditioning or heating system does not work at the highest performance, your bills will be higher and the temperature in your house as well. It is best to have it cleaned and maintained once a year, and now (when it is hot but not yet tropical) it is time to do it.
Why hire a professional? : Fixing your cooling and heating system is a dirty job. (Your plumbing prevents gunk from entering your house, so guess where the gunk ends up.) And it is easy to damage the condensate flanges if you are not experienced.
Clean the chimney
Sure, your kids think you only need your chimney once a year (for Santa to slide down with all their prey). But to his surprise (and maybe yours) you want to clean it now, because you need your chimney to be clean in the fall when you start using it again, and it's better to do everything while the weather is warm and you do not have to use it actually.
Why hire a professional? : That should be obvious, no? A chimney is dirty, dangerous and it is difficult to know when a dark, sooty space is actually clean. Leave this summer cleaning job to the pros.
Getting out of the lawnmower
Do you have a manageable lawn and your own lawnmower? Sure, mow the grass yourself. But if your lawn is large enough to require a day of your time or if you rent a vehicle-sized lawnmower, it suggests that you should hire someone to do it, not least because the person will also get rid of the huge the amount of grass sticks that will be generated, which is a job in itself.
And hey, if your lawn is moderately large, remember that time is money. You can pay someone a small sum to cut it faster than you ever could, and thus leave your weekend dinners for more important things, like postponing the freshly cleaned grill. Catalog
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