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The Ultimate Summer Home Maintenance Checklist for Every Homeowner

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As the days grow longer and warmer, summer is the perfect season to tackle those essential home maintenance tasks. Whether you're a seasoned homeowner, a future homeowner, or an investor looking to maintain your property's value, this comprehensive checklist will ensure your home remains in top shape throughout the summer months. Taking care of these maintenance tasks now can save you from costly repairs down the line and keep your home looking and functioning at its best.

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1. Clean Refrigerator/Freezer Coils

Why It's Important

Over time, dust and debris can accumulate on the refrigerator and freezer coils, making them less efficient and forcing your appliance to work harder. This not only increases energy consumption but can also shorten the lifespan of your unit.

How to Do It

  • Unplug the refrigerator.

  • Locate the coils: Typically found at the back or beneath the unit.

  • Use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to gently remove dust and debris.

  • Wipe down the coils with a damp cloth.

Pro Tip

Perform this task every six months to keep your refrigerator running efficiently.

applying new grout on tile

2. Seal Tile Grout

Why It's Important

Sealing the grout in your kitchen and bathroom tiles helps prevent water damage, mold, and mildew, ensuring the longevity of your tiles and maintaining a clean appearance.

How to Do It

  • Clean the tile surface thoroughly, removing any dirt and grime.

  • Apply a grout sealer using a small brush or applicator bottle.

  • Allow the sealer to dry according to the manufacturer's instructions.

  • Wipe away any excess sealer from the tiles with a clean cloth.

Pro Tip

Choose a high-quality grout sealer for long-lasting protection.

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3. Paint Touch-Ups Throughout Exterior

Why It's Important

Exterior paint not only enhances your home's curb appeal but also provides a protective barrier against the elements. Touching up any chipped or peeling paint helps prevent wood rot and other damage.

How to Do It

  • Inspect the exterior of your home for areas where paint is chipped or peeling.

  • Prepare the surface by sanding and cleaning the affected areas.

  • Apply a primer if necessary.

  • Paint the touch-up areas with matching exterior paint.

Pro Tip

Keep a record of the paint colors used on your home's exterior for easy touch-ups in the future.

water heater

4. Flush Your Hot Water Heater

Why It's Important

Sediment buildup in your hot water heater can reduce efficiency and lead to potential damage. Flushing the tank helps remove this buildup and ensures your water heater operates smoothly.

How to Do It

  • Turn off the power supply to the water heater (electric) or set the gas control to “pilot” (gas).

  • Connect a garden hose to the drain valve at the bottom of the tank.

  • Open the drain valve and flush the tank until the water runs clear.

  • Close the drain valve and disconnect the hose.

  • Refill the tank and restore power.

Pro Tip

Flush your hot water heater annually to maintain its efficiency.

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5. Replace Water and Ice Filters

Why It's Important

Water and ice filters in your refrigerator help remove impurities and improve the taste of your water and ice. Replacing them regularly ensures you always have fresh, clean water.

How to Do It

  • Locate the filter compartment in your refrigerator.

  • Remove the old filter and dispose of it properly.

  • Install the new filter according to the manufacturer's instructions.

  • Reset the filter indicator if your refrigerator has one.

Pro Tip

Set a reminder to replace your water and ice filters every six months.

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6. Clean or Replace Dryer Vent

Why It's Important

A clogged dryer vent not only reduces the efficiency of your dryer but also poses a serious fire hazard. Regular cleaning or replacement ensures safe and efficient operation.

How to Do It

  • Disconnect the dryer from the power source.

  • Remove the vent hose and clean it thoroughly.

  • Use a dryer vent brush to remove lint and debris from the vent pipe.

  • Reattach the vent hose and reconnect the dryer.

Pro Tip

Check and clean your dryer vent every six months to prevent buildup.

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7. Inspect Siding, Windows, and Screens for Damage

Why It's Important

Inspecting the exterior of your home for damage helps identify and address potential issues before they become major problems. This includes checking for cracks, holes, and other signs of wear.

How to Do It

  • Walk around your home and visually inspect the siding, windows, and screens for any damage.

  • Check for cracks, holes, and warping in the siding.

  • Inspect windows for damaged seals, chips, or cracks.

  • Examine screens for tears or holes.

Pro Tip

Repair or replace any damaged components immediately to prevent further damage.

pruning shrubs

8. Prune Trees and Shrubs

Why It's Important

Pruning trees and shrubs promotes healthy growth, improves their appearance, and prevents potential damage from overgrown branches.

How to Do It

  • Use sharp pruning shears to trim back overgrown branches and foliage.

  • Remove any dead or diseased branches to encourage healthy growth.

  • Shape the plants to maintain their natural form and ensure proper air circulation.

Pro Tip

Prune in the early summer for best results, and avoid heavy pruning during peak growing season.

Chelsea Steen Realtor


Maintaining your home during the summer is essential for its longevity, efficiency, and appearance. By following this comprehensive checklist, you'll ensure your home is in top condition, ready to withstand the elements and provide a comfortable, inviting space for you and your family.

Regular maintenance not only enhances your home's value but also prevents costly repairs down the line. So, roll up your sleeves and get started on these essential summer home maintenance tasks today! Happy maintaining!

Have more questions or need a contractor recommendation? Reach out! Happy to help!

Chelsea Steen Realtor


IG: @ChelseaSteenRealtor

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