After what feels like the longest stretch of time we have ever spent in our homes, summer has finally arrived. BUT before you sink into your poolside chaise lounge with a mimosa, know that there are a few things you ought to check off your home maintenance to-do list. Otherwise, you may encounter some serious problems down the line, as well as eye-watering repair bills.
The team at Williams Roofing Company is here to help you prioritize home improvement tasks that will keep things running smoothly through the summer. Keep the following suggestions in mind, and you will be able to return to your summer soirees as quickly as possible.
Power Wash Your House
Do you want to turn your backyard into an entertainment area? Now is an excellent time to power wash your deck, pool landscaping, patio, and front porch. When it comes time to sell your Monterey Bay property, power washing can also pay off handsomely. According to the National Association of Realtors, pressure-washing your home can increase its market value by up to $15,000!
Spruce Up the Outside
If something looks a bit off in your outdoor space, it is most certainly in need of your attention. Tame overgrown trees and shrubs in your backyard, especially if they are hanging over the house. Do not forget to inspect your siding for waves, mold and mildew growth, small chips or nicks, dents, or impact damage, melting or deformation, cracks, weathering, and the presence of moss, lichens, fungus, or algae. Clean and repair as needed.
Replace Exterior Doors
With more people coming and going outside, summer is an excellent time to inspect your exterior doors. A little wear and tear is to be expected over time, but you may need a new door at some point. Consider replacing your door if it is too old, badly damaged, difficult to lock, difficult to open, or just plain ugly. While some handy homeowners may be able to replace an old door on their own, most should call in a professional door installer.
Monitor Your Gutters
With warm weather comes unpredictable weather, which can mean storm damage to your home. Keep an eye on your gutters and roof to detect—and possibly avoid—any problems that could turn into expensive repairs down the line. Manual gutter cleaning is a weekend project that you can accomplish with a ladder, a safety spotter, and a few trash bags. For best cleaning results, however, you should hire pros.
Replace Your Roof
If it’s time for a new roof, summer is the time to replace it. Delaying your new roof makes your home vulnerable to extra water damage, which makes leaks and mold worse. Remember that water damage and rot only get worse — it never gets better. The roofing professionals at Williams Roofing Company will perform a free in-home consultation and help you review the latest colors and styles that complement your home’s style and architecture.
Final Summer Home Tips
Summer home improvement projects are all about the beautification process of one’s home and ensuring its maintenance through the fall and winter months. Done right, these summer projects can add significant value to a home, as well as provide long-term savings in the form of energy efficiencies. This doesn’t mean you need to do every improvement mentioned in this column, quite the contrary. It just means realizing the impact summer home improvement projects can make on the overall impression a homebuyer gets when they walk through your rehab property. And, more importantly, the impact those small improvements can make on the eventual purchase price when your exit strategy becomes a reality.
If you are looking for a full-service roofing contractor in the Monterey Bay Area, you can trust Williams Roofing Company, Inc. We provide roofing solutions for homeowners across Monterey and San Benito Counties. Call us (831-758-2749) today or complete an online form to request an estimate.