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Home improvement projects that can save you money in the long run are the best. Here are the ones you should focus on this summer.

Summer is here, and with it comes a chance to save some serious money through preventative home maintenance. Our real estate agents are here to show you how!

Every season brings opportunities to improve the quality of your home and hopefully save some money in the process. Summer is no exception. Some of these summer maintenance tips will start saving you some cash right away, while others are more like long-term investments.

  • Trim Back Trees and Shrubs. As we move from spring into summer, chances are all your landscape plants are in full leaf. Now is the time to take a walk around your house and look for trees and shrubs that brush up against your home. These can provide the perfect avenue for insect pests to get into your house, so take some time to trim back any plants that touch the exterior walls.

  • Change Your AC Filters. You're probably going to be using your air conditioning a lot in the months ahead, so it's always a good idea to start the summer off with fresh air filters for your HVAC. Dirty filters cause your heating and cooling system to work harder than it needs to, and changing them now can both reduce your energy costs and allow you to cool your house more effectively.

  • Clean Out the Gutters. We know cleaning out gutters isn't a job that anyone looks forward to. But if one of those massive summer thunderstorms dumps a ton of rain on your house, clogged gutters could cause them to back up and overflow, potentially causing major damage to your roof. Early summer is a great time to make sure your gutters are clear (or hire a professional to do it if you're not into ladders).

  • Inspect for Air Leaks. As your parents used to say, don't let all the cold air out! Check all the windows and doors around your house for air leaks, which are usually fairly easy to spot. Loose caulk is always a telltale sign, and if you can rattle the pane or see daylight around a window or door frame, you have an air leak. Once you've identified them, you can seal them all up with caulk or weather stripping.

  • Check Your Hoses and Sprinklers. If your hoses or sprinklers were left outside during the winter, it's possible that they were damaged by the cold. If so, they may be cracked and leaky, which can lead to a tremendous amount of water waste. Either way, always inspect all your exterior hoses and sprinklers to make sure they're working properly before you simply turn on the water and walk away.

  • Reverse Your Ceiling Fans. Many homeowners switch the rotational direction of ceiling fans throughout the year, reversing them in winter so that they push heated air down into their living space. If you did that last winter, remember to switch them back for summer so that they're turning in the right direction to correctly distribute cooled air (they should be spinning counterclockwise in summer).

  • Plant a Tree. Admittedly, this is a very long-term plan... but planting a tree near your home will eventually provide a lot of shade, which can potentially make it easier to cool your home in the summer and reduce your utility costs as a result. Choose a full, leafy variety, and plant it on the south-facing side of your house for the best results!

Contact us today to learn more about saving money through home maintenance every season. And be sure to ask our real estate agents about how we can help you find the perfect Southport homes for sale for you and your family.