Tips to get Your Home Summer-Ready
Summer is just around the corner, which means it’s almost time to get out the grill and have people over for barbecues and late nights in the hazy heat. Before you can do that, however, you probably need to get your house ready after months of cold weather. If you aren’t sure where to begin, here are some tips that can help get your home ready in no time.
Check Your HVAC
Your HVAC system is vital to your family and friend’s comfort during warm weather months. If it isn’t running properly, your home will be unbearable which will make for a long, uncomfortable summer. Have your HVAC system inspected by an air conditioning professional to ensure it’s in good working condition and ready to run full time during summer. While you’re having them inspect your unit, it’s a good idea to have it cleaned as well, which can increase its efficiency and lower your monthly energy bill.
Check Your Deck
If you’re lucky enough to have a deck, you’ll want to keep it in nice condition so you have a place to entertain guests. If it’s sat dormant during the winter months, it may need a quick inspection to ensure it’s still in good shape and safe for people to walk on. Look for any warped wooden boards, cracks, holes, or areas that may need to be repaired before it can be used. If it’s been awhile since you’ve stained or painted your deck, you may also want to touch it up so it looks nice as well.
It may seem like a silly task, but regularly washing your windows can prevent them from becoming grimy and preventing sun from shining into your home. Washing dirt and debris from your windows can also prolong their lifespan by preventing cracks from forming on the glass. Give them a thorough washing before the weather to maximize their use during the summer months.
Gas up the Grill
After months of sitting around in storage, your grill has likely built up a layer of dirt and grime. Before you fire it up for your first barbecue of the season, take some time to give it a thorough cleaning. Use a hard bristle brush to scrub buildup off your grates and wipe away any grease residue that may be left over from last season. Stock up on propane or charcoal so you’ll be ready to entertain.
One of the most common chores on homeowner’s home maintenance checklist is to clean up the landscaping around their home. Adding a layer of mulch can serve multiple purposes. Not only does it provide an adequate system for soaking up moisture and allowing your plants to grow and thrive, but it also keeps certain pests and weeds from getting to your plants and causing damage. Another added benefit is the curb appeal it provides your home’s exterior.
Prep Your Grass
After sitting all winter long, your grass likely needs a little TLC, especially if you have pets. Depending on your lawn, you may simply need to rake up excess debris that’s built up over the months, or you may need to completely reseed your yard. If that’s the case, research the different types of grass to determine what’s best for your yard. You’ll want to prep your soil before you plant fresh grass seed, which you can do by raking up debris, aerating your soil and ensuring it’s moist before you lay the seed. Wherever you plant grass seed, you should be sure to water it regularly so it grows in lush and thick.
Sweep Your Garage
Garages seem to be a receptacle for dirt and debris, especially during winter months. Take a day to sweep and air out your garage so the floor is free of debris, which can be an attractive home to insects and other household pests.
If you don’t have a maintenance schedule, these tips can get you started. Follow these helpful tips, and your home will be ready for warm summer weather.