Summer Home Maintenance

Summer Home Maintenance Checklist  

We have put together the ultimate guide to prepare your home for the warmer months this year with our summer home maintenance checklist!

Remove dead leaves from gutters, roof and downpipes.

Debris build up in the roof and gutter system not only makes the homes drainage system less efficient in heavy downpours. When leaves dry out in the warmer months they also provide fuel for embers and increase risk of fire in the home.

Check out one of our previous blogs for some more tips on Gutter Maintenance 

Check the condition of your roof and external cladding to ensure there are no ember entry points.

Regular inspections of your homes exterior can prevent future large scale damage. Entry points for embers or moisture are often easily rectified but when left unnoticed can cause significant damage to your home.

Trim down any trees or plants that are close to your home.

Trees and other vegetation impacting the home can cause a number of issues. In summer, dry vegetation against the home can act as fuel and a bridge for fire to impact the home. Vegetation growing over the home can also cause debris in gutters as well as restricting ventilation to timber elements of the home and subfloor areas creating conditions conducive to timber pests. Cut back the spring vegetation growth to protect your home through the summer months.

Clean up around your home, keep lawns mowed and move things like mulch away from the house.

Reducing fuel around the home (overgrown grass, piles of mulch and leaves) around the home significantly reduces your homes susceptibility to fire.  Piles of mulch/leaves/loose timber close to the home also create conditions conducive to timber pests.

Clean and repair decks 

Prepare your deck for those summer bbqs by giving it a thorough clean. A quick tip – the active ingredient in most deck cleaning products is Sodium Percarbonate. This is also found in many other domestic cleaning products including Napisan (and generic alternatives).

Simply dilute 2 cups of Napisan in half a bucket of hot water and you have the perfect deck cleaning solution!

Scrub the solution on the deck with a stiff bristle brush and let sit for 15 minutes. Repeat the process for a really deep clean before rinsing off and allowing to dry completely before recoating.
Cleaning your deck also gives an opportunity to closely inspect your decking for rot, damage and replace boards before they become a hazard.
Clean and repair fly screens 

With the season of BBQs comes the season of flies and mosquitos. Cleaning your fly screens this time of year allows you to inspect for and repair any tears or damage to keep your home insect free when you open your windows to this summer!

Some other tips coming into fire season –

Check your smoke alarms.

Check fire extinguishers and fire blankets.

Keep informed of the Fire Danger Rating in your area, follow your Local CFA on social media, check the webpage regularly and download the Vic Emergency app.

Check your home and contents insurance is up to date and has appropriate cover for fire related damage.

Discuss your Bushfire Survival Plan with your family and neighbours.

Winter Maintenance Checklist

Winter Maintenance Checklist

Winter is the time of year where many maintenance issues in the home show themselves in the form of leaks, damage and breakdowns. Follow our winter maintenance checklist to make sure you are prepared for when the wet weather hits!


Your roof is your first line of defence from the elements. Cracked tiles, damaged pointing, lifting sheets, rusted out valleys can all lead to serious damage if left unattended. It is recommended that your roof is inspected at least every 12 months and any identified vulnerable areas are rectified.


Gutters play a vital role in protecting your home in wet weather by directing water away from the home. Over the Autumn period, gutters are often filled with leaf litter and debris which can impede effective drainage and cause damage to the home.

Venatic recommends thoroughly cleaning and inspecting gutters prior to the winter period to ensure they operate effectively and protect your home from water related damage.


According to Sustainability Victoria, drafts account for up to 25% of heat loss in homes. One of the most effective ways to improve heating efficiency in winter is to address drafts entering the home.

Common areas to address drafts include –

  • Installing weather seals on external doors and windows
  • Check seals around any wall penetrations
  • Seal any gaps in floors or walls


Your homes heating systems are about to be working around the clock as the weather continues to cool down! It is time to make sure your heating system is ready to work efficiently and safely through the winter period.

  • We recommend home owners consider having their Gas heaters checked before use each winter. It is now a requirement that gas heaters in rental properties are serviced at least every 2 years by a licenced gasfitter.
  • In Victoria, our Solid Fuel Heaters remain unused for around 8 months of the year. Servicing your solid fuel heater every 12 months will ensure your flue remains unobstructed and your heater is operating efficiently.
  • Split System Air Conditioners are a notoriously expensive method of heating the home. It is important to ensure your air conditioner is running as efficiently as possible to make sure you are getting bang for your buck! It is recommended your air conditioner is serviced every 12 months by a refrigeration mechanic and you clean filters every couple of weeks.

Exhaust fans

Mould can thrive through the winter months with the combination of warm homes and wet weather. While we keep our windows closed to keep our homes warm, it is important to ensure exhaust fans are working effectively to manage condensation and prevent mould.

Make a list of rainy-day jobs

When you are stuck inside on those rainy winter days, it is a perfect opportunity to tackle those small maintenance items that have been pushed to the end of the to-do list through the year.

Here’s a quick list of common maintenance items to kick you off with some ideas –

  • Clean grout on tiles to inspect and repair any cracks or gaps.
  • Replace sealant around shower bases and baths.
  • Clean your exhaust fan vents.
  • Degrease range hood filters.
  • Clean air conditioner filters.
  • Lubricate and adjust ‘sticky’ door hardware.
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