Blog Education Shop Talk Vol. 4: Summer Home Maintenance Projects You Should Prioritize

Shop Talk Vol. 4: Summer Home Maintenance Projects You Should Prioritize

By Aryne + Dulcinea, July 16, 2018

Portland’s recent heatwave has residents withering, but summer isn’t completely brutal. In fact, the season is particularly beneficial for home owners, who can use the long days and dry conditions to complete their to-do list of summer home maintenance projects.

Paint the Exterior of Your Home

Summer is the ideal time of year to finally get around to painting the exterior of your home. Warm days and limited temperature fluctuation ensure the paint dries consistently, helping to avoid frustrating issues such as peeling and cracking. Painting your homes exterior will help to improve resistance to tumultuous winter weather. Additionally, a fresh coat of paint will increase the curb appeal and market value of your home!

Top Off Your Mulch

A simple task with a big payoff, mulching is another project sure to boost your home’s curb appeal and value. Adding a new layer of mulch helps to prevent growth of invasive plants while retaining moisture in the soil. These conditions are great for your plants and will allow them to flourish all summer long!

Clean Off Your Screens

Seasons of heavy rain and pollen can take a toll on your windows and screens. Be sure to prioritize their cleanup during the summer months, as clean screens help to promote the quality of your home’s air. To rejuvenate your screens, remove them from the window pane and scrub them using soapy water and a sponge. While your screens airdry, take a fresh bucket of soapy water or a bottle of glass cleaner to your window exteriors.

Reverse the Direction of Your Fan

Your ceiling fans should change direction in accordance with the season. In warm months, be sure your fan is set to a counter-clockwise rotation. This creates a cooling sensation as air gets pushed in a downward motion. In winter months, a clockwise rotation will help to redistribute warm air around the room.

Replace Your Air Filter

If you’re relying on an air conditioning system to beat the heat, be sure to change your air filter throughout the summer. Some HVAC experts from phs Warner Howard even recommend changing the filter once a month during peak seasons. Ensuring a clear air filter will reduce buildup and decrease the likelihood of debris causing damage to your system.

These summer home maintenance projects will work to keep your home in tip-top shape throughout the seasons to come. For projects that require some external help, let Aryne + Dulcinea connect you with one of their local home repair experts!


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Over the course of their professional partnership, Aryne + Dulcinea have helped over 200 clients prosper in their new lives. During this time, they have prided themselves in their top-notch selling abilities, with homes outperforming market standards, consistently exceeding list price while most of their listings sell in under 7 days. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, Aryne & Dulcinea will work in collaboration to guide you in investing in your future and reaching your real estate goals

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Aryne + Dulcinea are full-service, high-producing agents, who understand how to navigate the unique challenges facing the Portland real estate market. The secret to their success is in their professionalism and complementary skill sets. In 2012, Aryne + Dulcinea saw an opportunity to combine their creative and technical wisdom to create a values-driven, full-service agency unlike any other. Expert negotiators and project management mavens with a strong background in creative marketing, Aryne + Dulcinea serve as fierce advocates for their clients. 

Their passion for real estate relates closely to their commitment to the Portland way of life, which entails a dedication to sustainability and appreciation for all things local. As Earth Advantage Brokers and ADU Certified Specialists, Aryne + Dulcinea are savvy in all aspects of alternative living practices—from versatile housing additions, green building practices, and revenue-generating strategies. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell, Aryne & Dulcinea will work in collaboration to guide you in investing in your future and reaching you real estate goals.

Aryne greets working with clients throughout Portland with open arms. Licensed since 2005, she appreciates the ever shifting desires her clients have as they move through their real estate goals. Investigative genius on her side, Aryne will strive to bring you the results you desire.  When not working for you, Aryne is a constant cheerleader for her son and daughter’s pursuits on the basketball court and on the ballet stage! She practices yoga, hikes, loves to walk and explore Portland neighborhoods, reads, and delights in soaking up everything Portland has to offer! 

Dulcinea thrives on working with clients with a range of real estate goals.  Oregon born, with a design and an award-winning professional background, Dulcinea is steadfast when it comes to working for her clients and has a keen eye for properties that best serve client objectives. Licensed since 2013, Dulcinea works in and around Portland.  A mother of two and wife to her high school sweetie—in her free time she stays busy with her family, travel, community activism, exploring the outdoors, curating art shows, and dreaming big!

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