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Can you believe August is here? For much of the country, it’s the hottest month of the year, making it easy to stay inside and enjoy the air conditioning. This also makes it the perfect time to get some of those bigger interior home maintenance tasks done.
While they may not be the most glamorous home maintenance tasks, keep in mind that it will benefit you, in the long run, to get them done. With a new school year ahead, you’ll want to set your family up for success by starting to prepare now. See what you should be adding to your home maintenance to do this month.
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Tasks To Do In August
Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed the outdoors this summer. From camping to swimming, there’s always plenty to do. But extreme heat can bring many families inside. Not to mention back to school is on the horizon, leaving many parents and students preparing for another year ahead.
Before your calendar is full of activities, take some time this month to tackle these home improvement tasks:
- Deep Clean Your Floors
- Upgrade Your Locks
- Inspect Your Roof
- Maintain Your Furnace
- Organize Your Entryway
- Clean Out Your Kitchen
- Driveway Maintenance
1. Deep Clean Your Floors
Consider how much you’ve gone in and out of your house this season. Fun outside means dirt and dust tracked inside once the day is done. Dust mites are a common allergen for people, and without regular deep floor and carpet cleaning, family members can be at risk or worsening allergies. Be sure to vacuum with a HEPA filter to ensure you’re doing the most you can on a regular basis.
A deep clean of your floors about every six months can help too, especially when it comes to carpet. Shampooing or steam cleaning will leave your floors smelling fresh and dust-free. The average cost to clean carpeting is $168, with most homeowners spending between $137 and $181.
2. Upgrade Your Locks
With so many people leaving on vacation or small weekend getaways this summer, security is important to pay attention to. Upgrading your locks now can also be beneficial when it comes to the holiday season, a known time when break-ins occur more frequently. If you’ve been considering upgrading to a smart home lock, now is the time. There are many different models on the market, such as Nest or August, that allow for hands-free entry and digital control. You can easily monitor who is at your front door while you’re away from home. These systems often boast that they are easy to install yourself, but if you have trouble doing so, be sure to contact a pro who can help.
3. Inspect Your Roof
Now is the time to check your roof for damages and get any repairs that are needed. Broken shingles, damaged roof flashing and rust are just a few signs that your roof needs a repair. Getting your roof repaired now will help you as the weather changes and it becomes too cold to complete this task. To learn more about what you should look for when inspecting read, Roof Maintenance Tips.
4. Maintain Your Furnace
Another way to prepare for the end of the warm weather is to make sure your furnace is in working condition. It’s better to find out now if there are any repairs that need to be done versus the middle of winter when it's far
5. Organize Your Entryway
Before school starts, you’ll want to get your entryway ready to go and organized. It tends to be the first stop for kids who kick off their shoes and drop their backpacks. It’s a good idea to create a system so the entryway is always organized and looking its best. A bench nearby with hooks for backpacks is always a great entryway addition. You may also consider adding a calendar near the entryway to keep an eye on what the plans are for the day.
Read 7 Back To School Organization Tips For Your Start Student to prepare for this next academic year!
6. Clean Out Your Kitchen
August is the perfect time to clean out the kitchen. Sticky snacks such as popsicles, fruit and more may have lingered in your kitchen. Take the time to deep clean cabinets, countertops and other surfaces. I always find that doing a deep clean of my refrigerator is needed around this time of year as well. Get rid of any old food and condiments. Take out each shelf and wash with soap and water. You’ll be surprised at what a difference it will make in your kitchen!
7. Pressure Wash Your Driveway
Tired of the look of your driveway? Have you been staring at a dirty concrete driveway all summer? You can easily give your driveway a new look by pressure washing it. It’s a task you can easily DIY if you have the right equipment. See How To Pressure Wash A Driveway for DIY instructions.
August is a fun month before the academic school year and fall weather comes. But, don’t forget to take care of a few of these home maintenance tasks to be sure you’re ready for next months fall-focused to do list.
Did you miss last month’s to-do list? Read July Home Maintenance Checklist.