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The Ultimate Southern California Home Maintenance Checklist for Spring/ Summer: 5 DIY Tasks

As the spring and early summer season approaches in Southern California, it's important to get going on regular home maintenance tasks to keep your home in top shape. By taking care of your home, you can avoid costly repairs and ensure a safe and comfortable living environment for you and your family. Here are the top 5 DIY home maintenance tasks you can do this season to keep your home in great condition while operating efficiently!


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#1 Clean Your Gutters


House gutter full of debris in need of cleaning.

Clogged gutters can cause water damage and roof leaks, so it's important to keep them clear.


To clean your gutters, start by removing any large debris, such as leaves and branches. Next, use a garden hose to flush out any remaining debris. Finally, check that the downspouts are clear and that water is flowing properly away from your home's foundation.


Safety Reminders: Use a sturdy ladder, wear gloves, and avoid working on wet or slippery surfaces.

 

#2 Check Your HVAC System

Regular HVAC maintenance can extend the life of your system and save you money on your energy bills. Start by changing the air filters to ensure proper airflow. Not sure what size air filter you have? Go find your HVAC system, likely in the garage or attic, often the size is listed on a panel or you can simply look on your current filter for the dimensions which are given in length X height. Remember, if ordering online make sure you are ordering the correct size!


Next, clear any debris around the outdoor condenser unit to ensure proper function.


Safety Reminders: Turn off power to the unit before starting any work and wear gloves.

 

#3 Inspect Your Roof


Your roof is the first line of defense against the elements, so it's important to keep it in good condition. Inspect your roof for any damage or leaks after the rainy season. Look for missing or damaged shingles, cracked caulking, or damaged flashing. If you notice any damage, hire a professional to make the necessary repairs.


Have a tile roof like so many in SoCal? Make sure to check your valleys (where roof lines meet), the valleys are notorious for capturing debris and when it rains the water cannot flow! Use a leaf blower or broom to clean the valleys 1-2 times per year.


If you are at all nervous about going onto your roof then please call a professional!


Safety Reminders: Use a sturdy ladder and wear slip-resistant shoes.

 

#4 Test Smoke Detectors

Smoke detectors are essential for home safety. Test your smoke detectors to ensure they're working properly. Replace any batteries that need it and consider upgrading to interconnected smoke detectors for added safety.



Safety Reminders: Use a ladder if needed and ensure it's on a stable surface.



 

#5 Clean Your Outdoor Spaces


A clean backyard with a mountain view

Your outdoor spaces are an extension of your home. Sweep patios and decks, power wash walkways and driveways, and prune any overgrown trees or shrubs to keep them looking their best.


Safety Reminders: Wear slip-resistant shoes and avoid power washing too close to the house. Power washers use highly pressurized water to clean so be extremely careful when using this tool!

 

Regular maintenance will save you money in the long run and ensure that your home is ready for the upcoming season. As a professional who cares deeply about homeowners and their homes, I encourage you to take the necessary steps to keep your home in great condition. Don't forget to stay safe and take the necessary precautions when doing any home maintenance task.


Here is some useful gear from Amazon to assist you in your DIY journey! They have a wide variety of home maintenance products available!


  • My favorite ladder for all things home maintenance is this highly versatile and compact option. Not only can it be extended to various lengths but it folds up nicely so it can fit just about anywhere, it's also aluminum so you can store it outside without the worry of rust!


  • When it comes to safety never forget about your eyes! Protect them at all costs with this affordable solution. Always, always, always wear your safety glasses!


  • Don't forget about your hands! Obviously get them dirty when it's safe to do so, dirt is good for the soul 😇, but protect your most important tools with some gloves like these. The added creature comfort of them being touchscreen friendly makes everything so much easier!


In conclusion, these 5 DIY home maintenance tasks can help you keep your Southern California home in great condition. Regular maintenance is essential to avoid preventable repairs and ensure that your home is safe and comfortable. Remember to prioritize safety and take the necessary precautions when performing any home maintenance task and when in doubt you can always reach out to The Nerdy Handyman!


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