10 Important Steps to Preparing Your Homestead for Summer


Kacey BradleyWhether you’re a self-sustained homesteader or new to the lifestyle, there are several steps you should take to get your home and your family ready for summer. Now is the best time to get outside and make adjustments for the warmer weather, from checking for roof damage to tuning up your lawnmower.


1. Look for Damage

Get outside and look at your home. Do you see any noticeable damage from winter? Check your siding to look for any missing or damaged pieces, which can result from heavy winds. Check the state of insulation around your windows and doors, as leaks can cause increased energy bills and allow bugs and mice to enter your home. Preparing your home for summer means assessing the damage and giving yourself ample time to make repairs.

2. Clear the Gutters

While you’re outside, get out a ladder and check your gutters and downspouts. During the winter, gutters can easily get clogged with debris like twigs, pine needles, dead leaves and more. When it begins to rain more in summer, these clogs can lead to water overflowing, allowing water to get into your basement or crawl space and cause damage.

3. Check Your Roof

Like many parts of your house, the roof can show its age after time. Temperature fluctuations cause shingles to expand and contract, which can lead to cracking. Check for flaws that can allow water to enter your home and cause damage. You should also take a careful look at the chimney, which can begin to crumble over time. If you notice a leak in your chimney, inspect the joints where it meets the roof. If you find a crack, you can usually repair it with a patch.

4. Test the Temperature

When you work outside on the homestead, you want a cool place during the summer where you can escape and relax. That’s why it’s important to test the temperature controls in your home. To prepare for summer, examine your air conditioning units to make sure they work. If you’re having an issue with a window or HVAC unit, call a professional who can complete necessary repairs.

6/5/2019 8:25:09 AM

This is priceless! Almost all of these apply to me and my husband. Thanks so much for a great chuckle!

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