Even though we are well into summer, it’s always important to be proactive and keep your property properly maintained throughout our ever-changing seasons. Many property owners fall into the habit of only repairing their property if something needs fixing, whether it’s from overflowing gutters or rotting wood throughout your deck.  However maintaining your property can keep you and your family safe, while also preserving the value of your home.

With the combination of increased temperatures and increased precipitation, summer can cause its fair share of weathering on your property, which is even more of a reason to keep up with the maintenance.

Make siding repairs and paint the exterior as need

Painting your property is one of the best ways to boost its curb appeal and even increase your resale value. Summer makes exterior painting comfortable and gives you the opportunity to start painting between late morning and mid-afternoon giving the paint enough time to dry before the temperatures drop.

Before you begin painting you should inspect your property’s exterior and note any holes, cracks and other damage to the siding that will need to be repaired. Even though paint can fill in minor holes and cracks, it doesn’t mean that it should. Instead, take the time to properly fill the holes and cracks with putty or filler before painting.

Painting your property presents a great opportunity to fix other issues on your property. This is the time to replace broken siding, fix split or decaying window trim, replace deteriorated corner trim pieces, and more.

Clean and repair your deck

You can help preserve the durability of your deck by washing your deck free of any dirt or debris. The water removal of dirt and debris will eliminate possible mildew growth and can dilute any chemicals or fertilizers that can inadvertently come in contact with surrounding grass and plants. Once you have eliminated the potential for any dirt, debris, or mildew, it’s important to check your deck for any physical deterioration from weathered erosion and water damage.

Inspect your deck for loose or warped boards, protruding nails, rotting wood, mildew growth, and any other areas that may need to be repaired. Once the surface of your deck has been inspected you should check the structure to ensure any frames and beams are still in good condition.

In addition to cleaning and inspecting your deck, you can help the preservation by adding a stain and seal. When picking out a stain, aim to find a one that is water repellent or waterproof, not just ‘water resistant’. You can also find stains that offer UV protection and stains specific to preserving the wood from any mildew. After you’ve added a stain and waited for it to dry, add an effective seal to prevent any future water from permeating into the wood grain.

Clean debris from window wells

In order to allow for natural light and protection from water, you should always keep your window well clean and clear from any debris build up. Throughout the summer season make sure to remove any visible debris such as leaves, twigs, and other debris that may have accumulated to allow for proper damage and to prevent any critters from making a home in your window well.

When it comes to window wells, the biggest complication is flooding. If water seeps down into your basement, it can cause damage to your furniture, carpet, and more. If you notice your window well isn’t properly draining even after clearing out the debris, your drainage system in your window well could be clogged. One way to help alleviate the drainage is by adding gravel to assist with the drainage.

Restoring your property

Proper care and maintenance throughout the seasons will increase the longevity of your property, and keep your home safe for many years to come. If you are a property owner for a condo and you need your property inspected or repaired, or homeowner with a backyard patio, or front porch, you can contact us for an assessment. We will provide you with the knowledge you need to make an informed decision on how to restore your property right the first time.