Staying on top of daily, monthly, and annual chores around your home is a necessary ‘evil’ if you want to enhance the likelihood that your property will continue to go UP in value over the years ahead. Maintenance and repair jobs are constants. While collectively maintaining your property is a big job, when broken down into monthly tasks, it is not as overwhelming.
To save time and money, plan for the seasonal needs of your home, yard, and garden by utilizing our new monthly checklists. This will help you stay on top of the activities in and around your real estate investment. Each blog post has a "to do" list as well as a list of sales that typically occur each month. Each checklist is just a suggestion for tasks and may vary depending on your personal preferences.
It’s bright, sunny and the days are long. There’s a lot to do. The kids are out of school and looking for things to do. Your schedule can get complicated with summer school, sports, camp, and other activities. In addition to the annual chores, there’s plenty to do to keep up with a growing garden and yard, as well as everyday maintenance.
- Order firewood for the fall so it has the extra summer months to season.
- Check gutters.
- Paint interior or exterior if needed.
- If you haven’t cleaned the freezer recently and used up what you have, now is a good time. That way you can take advantage of the huge array of seasonal produce that will be available for the next few months.
- Check all recreational equipment and make sure it’s in good repair, especially swimming pools.
- Check hoses on washer, refrigerator, and dishwasher. If they show signs of deterioration, replace them now!
- If you have a wood deck, check it for signs of wear or deterioration. Repair or replace as needed. If you have nails popping up, consider replacing them with galvanized screws instead.
- Clean and seal decks.
- Clothes dryer vents should be checked at least once a quarter to make sure they are clear of any lint buildup that could cause a fire.
- Make sure attic vents work properly.