Summer Outdoor Home Maintenance Checklist

Roof, gutters and downspouts

  • Have your roof inspected for loose or missing shingles; repair and replace.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts.
  • Clean the chimney and have it checked for strength.
  • Have any skylights inspected, sealed and repaired.

Windows, Doors and Garage Doors

  • Check that caulking and weather-stripping is in good repair.
  • Ensure all hardware such locks and handles work well.
  • Replace cracked panes.
  • Replace rotted wood framing or ledges.
  • Repaint frames and ledges for protection.
  • Repair or repaint doors.
  • Repair and clean screens.
  • Wash windows – enjoy the clean view!
  • Fix, maintain or replace garage door or sections, tracks, spring or rollers.
  • Clean and maintain the garage door opener.
  • Schedule a handyman to come over for help!

Porch, patio, decking and walkways

  • Clean your porch, patio stones, walkway and deck of stains from grease, rust, food and dirt.
  • Re-lay patio stones that may have shifted during winter; use fresh screening to block weeds.
  • Repair wooden decking and steps to ensure wood is strong and screws and brackets are tight.
  • Re-stain wood to make it waterproof.
  • Check porch columns to ensure they are strong.


  • Fill cracks and patch crumbled areas.
  • Reseal for protection.


  • Clean lighting and replace cracked or damaged fixtures.

Faucets and Electrical Outlets

  • Fix leaky faucets.
  • Check that outdoor outlets are working and protected with covers.

Walls and Foundation

  • Fill cracks, holes and areas where dirt and grass have sunk around your foundation.
  • Look for shifting or loose bricks and stones; repair or replace.
  • Repair or replace broken, loose siding or damaged stucco.
  • Repaint all exterior features that need protecting.

Outdoor Appliances

  • Clean your air conditioner; clear away debris; check that hookups are sound.
  • Inspect your barbecue for rust or decay and that pipes and valves are secure.

While this checklist applies to house maintenance, summer is also a great time to clean up your lawn, gardens and landscaping. And if you have a shed or storage containers such as for garbage cans, check them for strength and durability too.

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