When summer rolls around, many people are constantly on the move and neglect to give their homes the attention their real estate deserves. Completing one task every day until the end of summer will eliminate the overwhelming amount of chores left to do come fall. With these simple tips, you can turn your unproductive summer into one you can be proud of.

Start your summer cleanse indoors. Dust accumulates on blinds, baseboards, crown moulding, ceiling fans, and elsewhere in the home. If you neglected these areas during early summer, mow’s the time to take care of business.


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A buildup of grease over the stove and microwave fans can reduce the efficiency and shorten the life of the exhaust fans.

It’s also vital to remove and clean the range hood grease filter regularly by soaking it in hot soapy water and by leaving it to soak overnight. If you don’t want the hassle of soaking or washing by hand, throw it in the dishwasher for a deep clean. If you can access the exhaust fan, turn the circuit breaker off and clean the fan blades well.

Ceiling Fan Blades

With fans constantly being turned on an off throughout the summer, most people forget to clean them; however, by not cleaning fans, this means you’re essentially churning dust all over the room every time you turn on the fan. Securing a few dryer sheets with rubber bands to a paint roller is a clever way to keep the dust bunnies away.

Refrigerator Coils

Failure to properly clean your refrigerator coils can cause the unit to get dusty and dirty and can add to what it costs to run your fridge by up to $100 more a year. Before cleaning turn off the power to the fridge and then vacuum the coils using a vacuum cleaner brush attachment.

Behind the Fridge

Dirt and debris can gather on the floor behind your refrigerator, so take a few extra minutes to pull it out, and to vacuum and wipe the wires with a dry terry cloth.

Water and Icemaker Filters

Replace your disposable water filters on your water filtration system and/or icemaker as recommended by the manufacturer. This will curb the growth of mold and mildew from growing in the filter and will keep your water flowing clean, fresh, and freely.

After you’ve given your home the attention it deserves inside, look outside to address much-needed maintenance issues that impact the performance, curb appeal, and value of your home.

Air Conditioner Drain Line

Cleaning the AC drain line regularly throughout the summer will prevent water from backing up in your home. If it’s already clogged, use a dry vac to remove the clog, then pour a cup of bleach down the access pipe to kill anything growing inside of it.

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Using concrete caulk or asphalt crack sealer, fill in cracks in concrete or asphalt driveways. The next step is to pressure wash the driveway and to apply a concrete resurfacer or asphalt sealer to give it new life.

Clean the Grill

After all of those summer barbeques, it’s time to repair and clean your gas grill. Scrub the grates with a liquid grill cleaner and clean the burner and covers with a wire brush. A combination of vinegar and aluminum foil can work miracles!

Taking the time to add these steps to your summer to-do list will ensure your home isn’t just a clean and happy one, it will also guarantee your real estate looks, performs, and valuates at its best year-round.

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