12 Summer Home Maintenance Tasks You Should Never Skip

This post is sponsored and contributed by Thumbtack, a Patch Brand Partner.


While spring has always reigned supreme as the season for deep cleaning, summer offers the perfect opportunity to prep your home for relaxation and entertaining. However, if you’re planning a vacation or having other fun in the sun this year, you may not have the time to get your home in tip-top shape.

That’s where Thumbtack comes in. As a home services app used by millions, Thumbtack connects busy homeowners with local professionals to get things done around the house. From cleaning your pool to power washing your deck, here are 12 summer-friendly home maintenance tasks you can book on Thumbtack.


1. Power Washing

Power washing the exterior of your home — whether it’s the house itself, the deck, fence or driveway — is a great thing to do, particularly if you’re going to be entertaining this summer or just spending a lot of time outside. Power washing can get rid of built-up dirt, mold or algae that you might not have the time or effort to clean off yourself. Consider hiring a top-rated power washing professional who understands which surfaces can handle the pressure of the machines and how to get every spot cleaned. The cost of this service is typically based on the square footage of the area that needs cleaning.

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2. Deck Repairs & Maintenance

Having a clean deck is great, but you also want to make sure it’s protected from the elements. Sealing your deck increases longevity by protecting it from water. The difference between sealing and staining is that staining protects against water and UV rays but penetrates the wood to produce a certain color. Sealing produces a clear surface to maintain the wood’s natural appearance. Connect with a sealing professional who can help you find the best sealer for your deck and get the job done. To keep your deck looking pristine, you can also reach out to deck staining, painting and cleaning professionals.

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If you are considering staining or sealing your deck, keep in mind that you should avoid this task when it’s too hot outside. Staining and sealing should also not be done in direct sunlight.

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3. Pest Control Services

Rodents, termites, ants and other summer pests can be detrimental to a home’s yard and interior. It also doesn’t feel enjoyable to sit outside in the summertime with bugs flying around. Consider connecting with pest control professionals to get rid of pests inside or outside your home. Pricing depends on the type of pest and the extent of the infestation, but it’s best to contact a certified professional and have them examine your house before discussing the job and cost.

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4. Lawn Care

Lawn mowing, tree trimming and leaf removal can get your yard looking its best. However, it can become a burden to get rid of things such as weeds or pests invading the lawn space. Lawn care can be arduous to do on your own, but hiring a lawn care professional can take the load off your shoulders. A lawn care professional will create a clean, professional landscape that will have people talking. You can discuss pricing and other service details during your first call or consultation.

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5. Pool Cleaning

If you have a pool, you’ll want it to be set up and ready before the hot weather kicks in. Since pools require frequent cleaning and other maintenance tasks, it can save you time and money in the long run to hire a professional pool cleaner. Another benefit they can provide is detecting and diagnosing potential issues before they heighten and cause more damage. Pool cleaners are certified to keep your pool in good shape and increase its longevity.

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6. HVAC Care

Your HVAC system should be checked once a year. If you have central air, you’ll want to make sure it’s working before the hot temperatures of summer. In addition to keeping you cool indoors, a properly working HVAC system can prevent mold from growing and spreading. It’s important to get it checked to ensure it’s working properly. Along with maintenance and repairs, HVAC systems may need to be replaced and installed. Discuss these services and costs with a certified HVAC contractor.

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7. Appliance Services

It’s important to check exterior dryer exhaust vents as well as other appliances in the home, such as a fridge or dishwasher, to ensure things are working properly. If you need repairs or replacements, find a top-rated professional and discuss your concerns. Doing your own repairs can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing, and it can also void warranties on the appliances. A professional understands how these appliances work, knows the tools needed to fix any issues, and recognizes signs of damage or danger.

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8. Fence Installation/Repair

Whether you need to install a new fence or repair an existing one in your yard, a professional can help. Fence contractors can replace missing boards, repair corrosion damage or a sagging gate, and install wood or chain-link fencing. Repairs are for small things such as a broken picket, though if you need to replace more than 20 percent of the fence, it’s best to replace the entire fence unless newly installed. Pricing depends on the type of fencing you want and how much area will be covered.

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9. House Cleaning

A clean house makes for a comfortable space for summer gatherings. Thumbtack can connect you to house cleaning specialists that offer services such as deep cleaning, regular maintenance and organization. Deep cleaning includes tasks such as washing and sanitizing the entire kitchen, all the floors, the bathroom and more. Cleaning services are typically done in teams rather than by an individual, such as a maid. The number of workers factors into the price, which also includes the size of the home and the type of cleaning service needed.

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10. Lighting Installation

Whether you want new outdoor lighting to transform your space for summer nights, or you need electrical or wiring repairs, this is definitely best left to a professional. Electrical work can be a dangerous task for those who have not learned how to properly perform the operation. When you hire a top-rated electrician, they’re able to safely provide the lighting services that you want and need.

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11. Fan Installation

When the temps outside aren’t scorching, switching from your air conditioner to a fan can bring many benefits. There’s the reduced cost of operation that comes with using a fan. Fans also serve as a great way to improve air flow in your home. Fan installation can be done fairly quickly, but it’s wise to consider hiring a pro for this potentially dangerous task.

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12. Landscaping

Landscaping, gardening and other outdoor maintenance tasks can really increase curb appeal as well as set the backdrop for outdoor summer memories. Landscaping involves the intentional arrangement of plants or other greenery around your property to provide beauty and appeal. Consider what type of look you want for your outdoor space, and connect with a landscaping professional to make it happen. It’s best to look at portfolios or reviews of the professionals’ work before connecting to make sure they can do what you envision.

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If you’re looking to start tackling those summer maintenance tasks around the house, let Thumbtack help you find and hire top-rated professionals. You can search for contractors via Thumbtack’s website or mobile app simply by entering your ZIP code, which gives you easy access to information on all services and price estimates from pros in your area. You’ll be able to make a more-informed decision after viewing customer reviews, and your checklist will be done in no time.


If you’re ready to conquer your summer to-do list, let Thumbtack help you find and hire top-rated pros.


This post is sponsored and contributed by Thumbtack, a Patch Brand Partner.

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