As the temperature on our thermometers inches its way up higher and higher as we speak, we are all reminded that we’re right in the middle of summer.

For many people living in BC summer means more trips to the lakes, extended camping holidays, hiking and spending more times in our beautiful parks.

But if you are a homeowner summer is also a great opportunity to do a number of maintenance projects and repairs on your home. You have extended daylight hours and perhaps extra time off from work. And if you have kids they can help pitch in when they complain that they are “bored” or there is “nothing to do”!

Here is my compilation of general home mainteance, repairs and upgrades to get your summer “To Do” list started.

Seasonal Summer Home Maintenance Checklist:

  • Clean exterior windows, screens and hardware.
  • Re-level and repair exterior steps and or deck.
  • Repair and repaint fences as needed.
  • Clean or replace air conditioning filter.
  • Clean exterior siding and trim; repaint if needed.
  • Check general condition of your roof and note any sagging or damage.
  • Check all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors and security systems (if applicable).
  • Power wash driveway and then fix cracks and apply a fresh coat of sealant.
  • Power wash patios, siding and walkways.
  • Check outdoor spigots for leaks and repair if needed.
  • If you have a backyard install a clothesline in order to save energy and enjoy air-dried sheets.
  • Add a new layer of mulch to your flowerbeds.
  • Deadhead all your plants (both perennials and annuals) to promote blooms.
  • Clean built up lint from inside your dryer vent.
  • Clean gutters (this is much easier and safer to do in late summer than when the first downpour of Fall comes).

What about you? What are your annual summer projects around your house? Is there a big project you plan to tackle this summer?