Top Tips April 24, 2024

Seasonal Home Maintenance Tips


Spring has finally arrived, bringing with it the promise of warmer weather and blooming flowers at your seasonal home. To ensure that your property is ready for the season ahead and to help you make the most of your time there, we’ve put together a list of essential spring home maintenance tips:

  • Exterior Inspection: Begin by conducting a thorough inspection of your property’s exterior. Look for any winter damage, including cracks in the foundation, damaged siding, or loose roof shingles.
  • Clean Gutters and Downspouts: Clear out any debris from your gutters and downspouts to prevent water damage and ensure proper drainage.
  • Landscape Refresh: Trim overgrown bushes and trees and remove any dead plants or branches. Start planning and planting your garden for the season.
  • Window and Door Inspection: Check windows and doors for any drafts or damage. Replace weatherstripping or seals as needed to improve energy efficiency.
  • Deck and Patio Maintenance: Clean and inspect your deck or patio for any loose boards or damage. Consider staining or sealing the wood to protect it from the elements.
  • HVAC System Check: Schedule a professional HVAC inspection to ensure your air conditioning system is in good working order for the upcoming warm months.
  • Interior Cleaning: Give the interior of your seasonal home a thorough cleaning. Dust, vacuum, and wipe down all surfaces to freshen up the space after the winter months.
  • Safety Check: Test smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to ensure they are functioning correctly. Replace batteries as needed.
  • Pest Control: Inspect your property for signs of pests, such as insects or rodents. Take preventive measures to keep your home pest-free.
  • Outdoor Furniture: If you store outdoor furniture for the winter, clean and set it up for the season. Consider adding cushions and outdoor decor to enhance your outdoor living spaces.
  • Pool and Water Features: If you have a pool or water features, have them serviced and cleaned to be ready for use in the warmer months.
  • Spring Cleaning Checklist: Create a checklist of spring-cleaning tasks, including organizing closets, decluttering, and deep cleaning carpets and upholstery.

We hope these tips help you prepare your seasonal home for a fantastic spring and summer season.



With the summer season in full swing, we want to ensure that you make the most of your time at your seasonal home. Whether you’re planning to enjoy relaxing weekends or extended stays, these summer home tips will help you keep your property in top shape and create memorable moments:

  • Air Conditioning Maintenance: Make sure your air conditioning system is working efficiently. Clean or replace filters and consider setting a programmable thermostat to save energy when you’re away.
  • Outdoor Entertaining: Prepare your outdoor spaces for entertainment. Clean and arrange your patio furniture and consider adding shade options like umbrellas or pergolas.
  • Pool and Water Features: If you have a pool or water features, maintain them regularly. Check water quality, clean filters, and ensure safety measures are in place.
  • Gardening and Landscaping: Continue tending to your garden by watering, weeding, and fertilizing as needed. Prune plants and trees to promote healthy growth.
  • Grilling Season: If you enjoy grilling, clean and inspect your grill to ensure it’s ready for summer BBQs. Stock up on charcoal or propane.
  • Window Maintenance: Check windows and doors for proper sealing to keep the cool air in and bugs out. Repair or replace screens as necessary.
  • Summer Safety: Review and update your home’s safety measures. Ensure that smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, and first-aid kits are readily available.
  • Pest Control: Keep an eye out for pests like ants, mosquitoes, and flies. Use screens and repellents to maintain a comfortable indoor and outdoor environment.
  • Energy Efficiency: Consider energy-efficient upgrades such as LED lighting, smart thermostats, and solar-powered outdoor lighting to reduce utility costs.
  • Plan Outdoor Activities: Research local events and activities in the area, whether it’s hiking, biking, fishing, or attending summer festivals.

We hope these summer home tips help you create a comfortable and enjoyable environment for your seasonal retreat.

Wishing you a wonderful and memorable summer season!


FALL 2024

As the vibrant colors of autumn surround your seasonal home, it’s important to prepare your property for the change in seasons. To help you transition smoothly into fall and maintain your cozy retreat, we’ve put together a list of essential fall home maintenance tips:

  • Heating System Inspection: Schedule a professional inspection of your heating system to ensure it’s in peak condition for the colder months ahead. Replace filters and consider a furnace tune-up.
  • Seal Gaps and Cracks: Inspect your home’s exterior for gaps and cracks that may allow drafts. Seal them to improve energy efficiency and keep the warmth in.
  • Clean Gutters and Downspouts: Remove fallen leaves and debris from gutters and downspouts to prevent clogs and water damage. Consider installing gutter guards.
  • Lawn and Garden Care: Continue to care for your lawn and garden. Rake leaves, trim shrubs, and plant fall flowers for added curb appeal.
  • Fireplace Maintenance: If your seasonal home has a fireplace, have the chimney cleaned and inspected to ensure it’s safe for use. Stock up on firewood.
  • Exterior Painting and Repairs: Take advantage of milder fall weather to tackle any exterior painting or repair projects before winter sets in.
  • Window and Door Insulation: Check for drafts around windows and doors. Apply weatherstripping or use draft stoppers to keep cold air out.
  • Safety Check: Test smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and fire extinguishers to ensure they are in working order. Replace batteries as needed.
  • Outdoor Furniture Storage: If you won’t be using outdoor furniture during the fall and winter, store it in a dry, protected area to prolong its lifespan.
  • Indoor Coziness: Prepare your interior for fall by adding cozy blankets, throws, and autumn-themed decor to create a warm and inviting atmosphere.
  • Emergency Kit: As the weather becomes more unpredictable, assemble, or update an emergency kit with essentials like flashlights, batteries, canned food, and water.
  • Storm Preparedness: Inspect your roof for any damage and make necessary repairs to prepare for potential fall storms.
  • Winterize Outdoor Plumbing: If your seasonal home will be vacant during the winter, don’t forget to drain and winterize outdoor plumbing fixtures to prevent freezing.
  • Schedule Inspections: Plan for a professional inspection of your property before closing it up for the winter, including a check of pipes, insulation, and security systems.

These fall home maintenance tips will help you enjoy a comfortable and stress-free autumn at your seasonal retreat.

Wishing you a beautiful and serene autumn!



As the winter season is upon us, we want to ensure that you and your family are prepared to enjoy a cozy and trouble-free time in your seasonal home. To help you maintain your property during the winter months, we’ve put together a list of essential winter home tips:

  • Heating System Check: Schedule a professional inspection of your heating system to ensure it’s in top working condition. Clean or replace filters as needed and consider a programmable thermostat for energy savings.
  • Weatherproofing: Seal any gaps or cracks in doors, windows, and walls to prevent drafts and heat loss. Proper insulation can significantly reduce your energy bills.
  • Roof and Gutters: Inspect your roof for loose or damaged shingles and have them repaired promptly. Clean out gutters to prevent ice dams and water damage.
  • Pipes and Plumbing: Insulate exposed pipes to prevent freezing and potential bursting. If you’ll be away, leave faucets dripping slightly to keep water flowing.
  • Fireplace and Chimney: If you have a fireplace, have the chimney cleaned and inspected to ensure safe and efficient use during the cold months.
  • Emergency Kit: Prepare an emergency kit with essential supplies, including flashlights, batteries, blankets, non-perishable food, and a first-aid kit, in case of power outages or severe weather.
  • Exterior Maintenance: Trim branches that could potentially fall on your home due to heavy snow or ice. Clear walkways and driveways of snow and ice promptly to prevent accidents.
  • Appliance Maintenance: Clean and service your appliances like your oven, refrigerator, and washer/dryer to ensure they operate efficiently during the winter.
  • Winterize Your Lawn and Garden: Protect your outdoor plants and garden equipment from harsh winter conditions by covering delicate plants and storing equipment properly.
  • Home Security: Ensure that your home security system is working correctly, especially if you’ll be away for an extended period. Consider timers for lights to give the appearance of an occupied home.

Remember to regularly check your seasonal home throughout the winter season, especially if it’s unoccupied for long periods. If you encounter any issues or need assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to us, and we’ll be happy to help.

Stay warm and safe this winter season and enjoy the beauty and tranquility of your seasonal home.