Complete Summer Home Maintenance Checklist (2023)

WRITTEN BY: Mark Romero


In most cases, your summer home maintenance checklist won’t be as cumbersome as your spring to-do list. In the spring, you prepare your home for the hottest season of the year. So summer chores are more focused on maintaining your home, completing small repairs, and beating the heat.

Exterior summer home maintenance checklist

Try your best to keep your exterior home maintenance checklist as light as possible so you don’t have to do a lot of work in the midday heat. When you do tackle your outdoor to-do list, try to complete your chores in the morning or evening when it’s not as hot.

Garage door maintenance

To maximize your garage door’s longevity, you need to make sure it’s well-oiled and working properly. 

Spend some time oiling the garage door’s chains and all of its hinges. Then, if you hear them rubbing or see any signs of excessive wear and tear, get a professional inspection.

Maintain the outside of your home

Keeping your lawn well-maintained is important because the outside of your home is what people see. When everyone does their part, it keeps the neighborhood looking its best.

  • Cut your grass regularly
  • Use an edger to create neat edges for your yard
  • Maintain your flower beds
  • Trim back bushes and trees as needed
  • Sweep the pathways and your driveway to remove debris
  • Keep trash picked up and disposed of properly

Have your air conditioner inspected

If you didn’t have your air conditioner professionally inspected in the spring, you should do it in the early summer. 

A professional HVAC technician can diagnose problems earlier, so repairs aren’t as costly. They also typically replace air filters and top off the freon for you during the inspection process.

Inspect and repair outdoor play equipment

If you have outdoor play equipment, a trampoline, or a treehouse, inspect them to ensure their safety before letting the kids use them. 

It’s important to look for signs of wear and tear on the equipment and anything that could be a safety issue – like a trampoline net that doesn’t secure correctly to the trampoline. If there are any problems, fix the issue immediately.

Prep your pool for the season

Before you start the swim season, you need to prep your pool. 

  • Remove the cover or install the swimming pool
  • Clean the pool sides and bottom
  • Fill (or top off) the pool with water
  • Hook up and inspect the pool pump
  • Add chemicals to get the right pH balance

Once your pool is ready, you need to inspect all of the safety equipment to ensure it’s in proper working order. Be sure to inspect all floaties, any other pool equipment you own, and any lifesaving equipment you have on hand. 

Setting up your pool is only one part of caring for your swimming pool in the summer. You should also perform regular pool maintenance to keep the pool clean and safe.

Interior summer home maintenance checklist

Summer is a great time to tackle your indoor home maintenance and repairs because it keeps you out of the heat. So, in addition to the chores listed below, consider completing any home improvements or upgrades you’ve put on the back burner during the summer months.

Change your air conditioner filter

If your air conditioner’s filter is clogged, the unit has difficulty pushing cold air into your home. The extra effort it uses to cool your house can cause a lot of wear and tear.

To prevent this from happening, check your air filter monthly. And replace it as needed.

Reverse ceiling fans

In the summer, your ceiling fans should spin counterclockwise to pull cool air into the room. Usually, there’s a switch on the base of the fan to switch the direction it spins. Also, don’t forget dust when you climb up there to flip the switch.

Clean the dryer and dryer vent

Clogged lint and dust in your dryer could cause a house fire. Because of this, you should take the dryer apart and clean all of the lint out of it a couple of times per year – and summertime is a great time to tackle this indoor chore.

Also, in addition to cleaning the lint from the dryer, you should consider having a professional clean the ducts. When dryer lint gets clogged, you might have to run the dryer twice or thrice to dry one load of clothes. Having the ducts professionally cleaned increases your dryer’s performance and helps prevent fires. 

Swap out bedding

Do you typically put heavy flannel sheets on your bed when it’s cold outside? If so, it’s time to switch out your winter sheet set for a more lightweight one. 

Ideally, you want your summertime sheet set to be made of breathable fabrics like linen or cotton. This way, you don’t sweat a lot in your sleep.

Clean and inspect appliances

The dryer isn’t the only appliance in your home that occasionally needs some extra TLC. Take the time to deep clean your refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, and washing machine too. And don’t forget to check for refrigerator, washer, and dishwasher leaks.

You should also clean your refrigerator and freezer coils to keep them running smoothly. And inspect and clean any countertop appliances in your home.


How do I take care of my house in the summer?

Keep up with your landscaping and gardening to maintain your home’s exterior in the summer months. Regular maintenance on your home’s outside features, like a swimming pool, playground equipment, or a gazebo, is also important.

Summer is also a great time to take care of any indoor home maintenance projects you’ve been putting off and any upgrades you might want to complete.

What parts of your house do you need to maintain every year?

It’s important to maintain your entire house throughout the year. However, you can break up your outdoor and indoor tasks by season to make the process easier.

How do I organize my home maintenance?

Keep several home maintenance checklists to make it easy to tackle your chores. Break up your annual and semi-annual maintenance by season. Then, add your regular household chores to monthly, weekly, and daily to-do lists.

Check and update your home insurance

Reviewing and updating your home insurance annually is also a good idea. So if you haven’t looked at your policy recently, add the task to your summer home maintenance checklist. 

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