With just over a month of summer left, it's time to squeeze in those home repair and maintenance projects you've either been putting off or haven't gotten around to yet. Hopefully you've been taking the time to enjoy summer staples such as garden parties and open air lounging — and taking advantage of all Ridgewood has to offer. But while the days are still long, make sure to check up on your home to ensure that it's all prepped and primed to stay in top shape for another full year. If you're not sure where to start, use this handy agenda of 4 home maintenance items to cross of the list before the leaves turn and it's time to pull out the sweaters again. Then, you can relax and enjoy the balmy days knowing that your handiwork is done!
Just Paint Your Door
No need to do a refinishing of your entire home; now that you're pressed on time, simply opt for a fresh coat of paint on your front door and doorframe. Whether you just freshen up the current color, add a glossy shine, or select a bold new contrasting hue, this simple step can make your entire exterior look completely new and different. All the effects of a full-house paint job with just one item? You bet!
Reseal Your Deck
All the heat and use your deck absorbs over the course of a Ridgewood summer can take its toll. Undo the damage by scraping debris out of the creases between boards, brushing the deck, and washing it after applying an appropriate detergent. Finally, top it all off with a waterproofing deck sealer that will provide a layer of protection from any rain, snow, and other moisture that could accumulate over the coming seasons.
Conduct A DIY Energy Audit
Conduct an informal energy audit, following the Department of Energy's guide to at-home audits. You can also rent an infrared thermal camera to inspect areas in your home that may need to be addressed. With an infrared inspection, you can uncover areas of air loss and infiltration, leaks in your air conditioner compressor, and other leaks throughout the home. You can also identify moisture accumulation in areas where the home's structure is compromised, as well as many more items that need to be addressed. Determining and attending to these issues before winter rolls around is something you'll thank yourself for!
Seal Your Driveway
In case of a snowy or icy winter, seal your driveway well in advance. Ice melt can cause damage and erosion to your driveway; this is a particular problem if you'll be vacationing in the Bahamas this winter and won't be able to shovel up snow the moment it falls. Protect brick and cobblestone parts of the property as well as your driveway by applying a top coat or penetrating sealer to be equipped for any kind of weather. Even if you end up experiencing a mild, snow-free winter, applying a sealer can only make your driveway last longer.
What's already on your August home maintenance checklist? Share your essential tips with our readers below!