7 Summertime Tips for Homeowners

Summer is a great time for family fun, picnics in the park, going to the beach and traveling to your favorite locations.

However, summer is also an important time for homeowners.

Here are 7 Summertime Tips all homeowners should pay attention to, if you want to save some cash, and keep your stress levels down:

Summertime Tip #1) Do a summertime audit of your insurance coverage.

While your family is enjoying time off from school, and spending time having fun in the sun, this time of year is a great time to check your home’s insurance coverage. One good storm can damage your home with flying objects, buckets of rain water leaking into home, trees falling on your home (or on your neighbor’s home) and more.

Summertime Tip #2) Give your air conditioning system a yearly checkup.

While we may not even think much about our air conditioners in cooler months, it’s something most of us can’t do without during the warmer months of summer. Many air conditioning contractors and service companies offer “summertime checkups” that can give you peace of mind that all is fine, or alert you to serious problems ahead, that a simple repair could help you avoid.

Summertime Tip #3) A clean home is a beautiful home.

During the cooler and darker days of winter, not many people spend time or effort cleaning the outside of their homes. Yet left to the elements, including pollution and shade that causes mold buildup, your home can start looking unkept. Taking the time to do a thorough cleaning of the outside of your home in summer (or have someone do it for you) can leave your home looking great all winter long.

Summertime Tip #4) Help your air conditioner help you.

Summer is also a great time to make sure that the cool air you are paying good money for is not just leaking out and cooling the entire neighborhood. Spending just one weekend making sure your windows seal properly, while caulking any openings you find in windows, siding and door frames, could save you hundreds of dollars over just one summer season.

Summertime Tip #5) Ensure peace of mind while you’re away.

Many families do a lot of traveling during the summer months. With no one to watch over your home, you may return with a number of unpleasant surprises. A smart move is to turn off the water to your home, or at least close the faucets going to your clothes washer. Another is to have a security system on your home, as well as a friend or neighbor who will watch for any suspicious activity or emergencies.

Summertime Tip #6) Keep your gutters clean and water-sealed.

Even if it isn’t the end of fall, leaves and debris can still accumulate in your home’s gutters. Then all it takes is a good storm to bring them down. Also be sure to seal all cracks and joints so water doesn’t escape where it can leak into your home.

Summertime Tip #7) Don’t forget to take a look at your roof.

The roof on your home takes the full force of winter weather, strong winds, and heavy rains. Roofing can also get baked with temperatures as high as 120 degrees. With all the work your roof does for you, it pays to climb up there while the weather is nice during summer to do a thorough inspection. Fix (or have a qualified professional fix) any issues you find, before they get out of hand and cost you big bucks.

Taking action on each of these smart money-saving and preventative moves during summer will ensure your home stays safe, sound and beautiful.

The savings you could enjoy by focusing on just half of these tips may well be enough for next summer’s big vacation.

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