The dark is drawing in, the days are getting shorter, and we are all smothered in blankets with hot drinks. But, summer will come before we even know it, so it is time to get your home ready so that you can enjoy it. Just think: the birds outside your window, the morning sun rising above the treeline, your favourite nook bathed in afternoon light…you can almost feel it now!
During the summer, you’re likely to find a string of gatherings, garden parties, and barbeques taking place to welcome the sun and celebrate its presence with loved ones. Naturally, if you are hosting them, you want to get your house ready. However, even if you aren’t hosting any gatherings, you may want to liven it up.
Here are great ways you can make a start to get your home ready for summer so you can enjoy the season to its fullest.
Update Home’s Insulation and Window Coverings
Pay close attention to your attic and the levels between your home’s conditioned and unconditioned spaces. Extra insulation can be added to existing material, but consider contacting a professional for appropriate installation and removal. You can also use a home window installation service to update your home for the summer. You can keep your home cooler with insulating window shades. The summer sun is beautiful, but it can do a number on your energy bill. Get the best of both worlds with insulating shades that block heat but gently filter light into your home. Also, as an additional tip, thoroughly wash your windows – inside and out. You’ll need a cloth or brush to tackle some of the larger outdoor debris, an equal parts water-vinegar solution and a squeegee.
Tidy Your Garden and Get Your Green Thumbs
If you love being surrounded by nature, you will love this next tip. Late spring is the perfect time to clear dead leaves from your garden and touch up any rough edges around the beds. Next, you can start tilling the top inch or two of tightly-packed soil (be careful not to disturb any bulbs nestled below.) Finish it off by applying two to three inches of mulch. Finally, if you do not have a garden, you can brighten your kitchen with a herb garden that will breathe new life and add a taste of the session to your summer meals.
Clean Out the Gutters and Inspect The Roof for Winter Damage
Time to get the outdoors ready. Make sure you know how to do this and can do it safely. If not, then call in professionals. Clear out all the leaves, sticks and other gunk accumulated in your gutters over winter. Now’s also an excellent time to inspect your roof for curling, cracked, or missing shingles, along with any damage to the metal flashing around the chimney, pipes, and skylights.
Clean and Recoat Outdoor Furniture
Clean off furniture that has been sitting in storage. Inspect metal parts for rust and treat with rust preventative. If the furniture is IPE, power wash and recoat with a clear sealer, and restain or repaint if the coating is worn or chipped.
Changes in outdoor temperatures over the winter can affect the exterior doors of your home. Loose hinges and weatherstripping can make your home drafty and susceptible to leaks and insects. That being said, it’s a good idea to check your doors before summer for gaps and damage. Make sure your hinges are not loose or broken. If they are, buy a hinge set and replace the hinge.
Declutter Your Home
Before summer comes is a great chance to declutter your home as it allows you to see clearly around your house for any other potential improvements needed. Over winter, houses will inevitably collect dirt inside and out, giving your home a good deep clean to revert to a healthy and safe environment.
Hopefully, we will not need any of our winter woollies over the months, so it may be good to find somewhere to store these to make room for your summer goodies.
Wipe Down Lights
Leaving your windows and doors open to let fresh air in can cause bugs, dirt, and dust. Give your light fixtures a quick clean by wiping down the inside and outside of the shade.
The above are just a few ways to get your home ready for summer. It will always differ according to your lifestyle, but now is an excellent chance to get ready for some sunshine.