Home Maintenance Tips for the Summer

Keeping up with seasonal repairs upkeep not only shows pride of ownership, but can reduce the risk of costly and preventable home expenses. Prepare your home for the summer with the following considerations.

Home Exterior

  • Check all window and door locks to make sure they are secure. Open and close them, and apply lubricant when they are hard to open.
  • Inspect your roof and gutters, clean out gutter debris and check shingle integrity.
  • Inspect your home’s foundation, sealing cracks, and leveling yard depressions with compacted soil.
  • Check wooden structures, such as decks and steps, for rotting, loose wood, or exposed nails.

Home Interior

  • Hire a qualified heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) contractor to tune up your air conditioning unit.
  • Examine electrical outlets and cords for potential fire hazards, such as frayed wires.


  • Examine your garage door to ensure that it is in proper working order.
  • Declutter by reviewing the contents of your garage. Donate or dispose of items you no longer use or need.

Driveways and Walkways

  • Inspect your pavement for cracks and holes, and remedy them. This can go a long way in preventing accident slips, trips, and falls.

These tips are brought to you by Scrivens Insurance and Investment Solutions.


Spring Maintenance Checklist

spring flowerAs Spring tries to make its way into Ottawa, preventive measures and general maintenance tasks can help prepare your home for the rest of the year. This is especially important, as winters have been known to wreak havoc in homes, and a spring checklist can help ensure that potential issues are addressed. In general, the following items inside and outside your home should be included in your general maintenance overview:

Inside your home

  1. Have your air conditioning system inspected by a professional.
  2. Inspect water entry points for leaks (a day like today is a great time to check).
  3. If you haven’t done so already, change the batteries in smoke detectors and CO detectors.
  4. Replace your fire extinguishers.

Outside your home

  1. Inspect your roof and gutters for blockage or damage caused by wintery conditions.
  2. As trees begin to regrow their leaves, you’ll want to be sure they are properly trimmed and away from utility wires.
  3. Ensure your sidewalk and driveway are smooth by repairing cracks or uneven surfaces.

For more helpful checklists, contact Scrivens Insurance and Investment Solutions today.