Summer is finally here, and it’s time to get your house ready for everything the season brings. Here are five tips to get you started so you can enjoy your summer without worrying about your house.
1. Take Care of Maintenance Items
Maintenance tasks tend to build up over the winter months, especially things that need to be done outdoors. Take some time to do a whole-house walkthrough both inside and out and jot down notes about what items need to be addressed. Then put together an action plan to get them taken care of while it’s warm outside.
2. Let the Season Inside
Bringing some plants into the house helps bring the summer to you, as well as naturally freshening air that’s gotten stale while the house was closed up against the cold. If you have a fireplace, clear it out, clean it up, and put a houseplant in it. It’ll brighten your sitting area and remind you that you won’t need that extra heat for a while.
3. Get Organized
Take advantage of the urge to spring clean and organize your closets while they’re free of all that bulky winter clothing. While the kids are hosing the car down in the driveway, take advantage of the extra garage space to organize tools and accessories. That way everything will be in its place when it’s time to start on that list of summertime chores.
4. Increase Your Energy Savings
During the hottest parts of the day, you’ll want to keep the heat out with sun-safe curtains or shades so you don’t overwork your air conditioning. Ideally, replace old windows with new glass that reduces the amount of heat that passes through it. At the same time, think about using the sun to dry your clothes instead of that power-hungry clothes dryer.
5. Get Outdoor-Ready
Get ready for outdoor barbeques and other activities by cleaning your outdoor furniture, making sure your lawn is green and healthy, and starting your summer plants. Growing a garden is also a great summertime project, and you’ll have the joy of fresh vegetables well into the fall.
Don’t let summer sneak up on you; start implementing these tips as the weather begins to warm, and you’ll be ready to get the most out of the season.