Title and Real Estate Closing Expert Bryan Nazor Shares Checklist to Care for Your House this Season
In every season, there is a myriad of home maintenance tasks to check off your to-do list.
Summer is no exception, said Bryan Nazor, a title and real estate closing expert in New Jersey.
Make sure to get to these maintenance items this season, or hire someone in the neighborhood to help out, so your home is set for summer and ready for the next season.
Here are five of Bryan Nazor’s top home maintenance to-dos for summer.
- Check your detectors
This one should be on your to-do list every season. Give your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors a check to make sure they are functioning correctly. To test your smoke detector, press and hold the “test” button. If the sound it emits is not loud, it’s time to replace the batteries. Check the carbon monoxide detector by holding down the “test” button and listening for two beeps. It only takes a few minutes to make sure your detectors are fully operational and it’s something every homeowner should be on top of, Bryan Nazor said.
- Spruce up your yard
Summer is a prime time to make sure your yard is in top shape, Bryan Nazor said. A layer of mulch, an edged lawn, some blooming plants (that are watered regularly) can make all the difference in your home’s appearance. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make sure your yard is looking its best all season.
- Check for leaks
Do an inspection of your hose and any exterior faucets for leaks. If it’s just a tiny hole in a hose, you can use electrical tape to patch the leak. Just a little leak can add up to a big waste of water and money over the course of the summer, Bryan Nazor advised, so do due diligence to ensure everything is in good shape for the summer season.
- Clean up your deck
If you have a deck or porch, summer is the time to give it a good cleaning from pollen and dirt. Additionally, you should inspect your deck for signs of rotting or nails that are sticking up and could be a hazard. During the winter, the deck may have warped and could need a little TLC. Consider resealing the deck for the summer as well.
- Stay cool
Bryan Nazor recommends making sure your fans and air conditioners are ready to keep you cool all season. Ceiling fans can be cleaned with a rag to get dust and debris off them, while air conditioner filters should be cleaned or replaced before you run them. For homes with central air, Bryan Nazor suggested having them serviced professionally to ensure they are fully clean and operational and to help you beat the heat.