Looking to take on some home projects this summer? Consider these tasks to help keep your home in good health.

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For many, the official arrival of summer signals lazy days and longer nights. But summer can also be an ideal time to catch up on maintenance and to-do projects around the home.

A number of tasks can be done to preserve the look and efficiency of your home, while also helping to continue to bring you peace of mind.

Looking to take on some maintenance projects this summer? Here are 10 tasks to help keep your home in good health.

Gutter maintenance. The summer is a great time to ensure your gutters are in top shape before the arrival of fall — and all the leaves that come with it.

House repainting. After the spring rains, your house may be worse for the wear. The summer is a good time to take on an exterior painting project, while the days are drier and longer.

Lawn maintenance. Those who live in colder climates may have been surprised after the winter thaw to find brown grass or empty patches. Summer is a good time to seed your lawn, and to replant any landscape that may not have survived winter.

An outdoor patio with kitchen extends a home’s living space. (TNS)
An outdoor patio with kitchen extends a home’s living space. (TNS)

Home improvement projects. Many homeowners wait until summer to take on the projects that have been on their wish lists all year. Looking for ideas? Why not incorporate a firepit or stone patio into your outdoor environment?

Tree maintenance. Following the winter hibernation period, all of nature’s creatures are back. Low-hanging branches may be an attractive means of access to your attic or roof for a curious animal.

Insect control. You may want to protect your backyard barbecues and picnics from unwanted visitors.

Driveway repaving. Just like there are potholes created in the street from severe weather damage, your driveway may need a fresh coat to ensure a smooth ride home this summer.

Check water connections. From outdoor kitchen faucets to your garden hose, summer is a good time to make sure everything is in working order.

Purge. Now is a great time to clear out that basement, shed or attic and get rid of all those unwanted and unused items.

Check windows and doors. During winter, there is a need to keep the cold outside; in summer, we want to keep cool temperatures in. Given the mild temperatures, summer is a good time to consider upgrading or replacing doors and windows.