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August Home Checklist

11 Items for Your Home in August

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If you’re like us you may be headed out on vacation, but before you go, take a look at this rundown of 11 items. You’ll see they include mostly ┬áinspecting and cleaning jobs, which don’t require a lot of time but they are important things to keep your house orderly and its systems working. ┬áIf you can tackle them before you leave you’ll feel good when you return knowing your house and everything in it are working.

 

**Replace air conditioner filter
**Inspect for open joints around windows and caulk
**Inspect for gaps around doors and thresholds and weatherstrip
**Vacuum coils of refrigerator condenser
**Turn mattresses and upholstered furniture cushions
**Sharpen blades of garbage disposer with ice cubes and refreshen with lemon
**Clean pet area and accessories
**Make calls to have furnace tune up and heating ducts cleaned
**Flush whirlpool pump to remove bacteria and mineral build-up
**Sharpen lawn mower blade

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Homeowner Checklist of 11 Simple Chores for July

Diy362aThe beginning of July always starts with a bang and fireworks and often involve vacation time with family and friends. The tasks listed here are more about inspection and maintenance so they’re not time consuming. But these chores are important so put them on your to do list for the month and follow up on any repairs that need to be completed.

* Replace air conditioner filter
* Look for and cure mildew and moisture problems
* Replace loose caulk and grout around bathtubs, showers and sinks
* Label shut-off valves at sinks and toilets
* Inspect and clean track of sliding patio and closet doors and lubricate rollers
* Inspect air conditioner condenser for a free flow of air
* Inspect fence and posts and remove vegetation
* Examine drainage field of septic system for soil firmness
* Inspect water softener system for level of brine
* Clean out and organize shed or outbuilding
* Maintain lawn and garden beds by watering, mowing and weeding

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