18 things to do to your house before summer
are you ready?
Published Apr 12, 2016 5:00 AM
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Summer is just around the corner, and that means it’s time to prepare your home for the warmer weather ahead. But what exactly has to get done before you’re ready to enjoy your weekends by the pool? We’ve created a checklist of all the pre-summer precautions you should take before summer officially hits.
Turn on your A/C
Just because it worked last summer doesn’t mean it will start up this year. Give your air conditioning a test run to make sure it’s still working come summer heat waves. And, while you’re at it, make sure to change the filter, or give it a good cleaning! You don’t want to be breathing in all that gunk. (You can also hire a professional for this task).
Clean your grill
No summer is complete without a few good backyard cookouts. Give your barbeque a thorough cleaning before firing it up this summer. Better to do it in advance, rather than waiting until everyone really wants a burger.
Check your patio furniture
Whether your patio furniture has been safely tucked away in the corner of your garage all winter, or has weathered outside during the freezing cold, it’s always a good idea to make sure everything is in the best shape it can be. That means no holes, broken pieces, or even stains. If it doesn’t pass the test, consider having the furniture reupholstered or replaced altogether.
Wash your towels
If your beach/pool towels have been hidden in the back of your linen closet the entire winter, it’s probably a good idea to give them a wash before using them this summer. You don’t want the smell of your cabinets all over your towel when you head to the pool for the first time.
Check for moisture intrusion
When giving your house a spring clean, make sure to check for any unusual staining or discoloration on you wood, drywall, or paint. This could be a sign of moisture intrusion caused by heavy rain or melting snow over the winter. It’s important to get any leaks fixed as soon as possible to avoid trouble.
Make sure there’s no air seepage
Although it sounds intimidating, identifying air seepage is actually really simple, just use your hand to feel for air seeping into your home around windows and doors. Fixing these areas will help lower utility costs and will keep the cold air in during the summertime.
Make time for a gutter check
You’ll need a bit of heavy rain to do this house check, but making sure your gutters are properly draining water will help you avoid rot and structural damage to your house.
Change your refrigerator filter
Warmer weather means you’re probably going to be craving a lot of ice cold water. If your fridge is equipped with a water or ice dispenser, and you haven’t changed your filter for a while, it’s probably a good idea to do that now.
Revive your garden
Spend a day tending to your garden. A little TLC will go a long way when it comes to summer blossoms, trust us!
Scrub your carpets
To avoid allergies, and to just say clean in general, give your carpets a deep clean before the summertime. Consider having them professionally cleaned, or rent a professional-grade vacuum or steamer too keep things affordable.
Wash down your windows
Get rid of the dirt and grime that may be stuck on your windows from winters past. Make sure they’re summer ready by giving them the full “window treatment” — get it? Jokes aside, dirty windows can actually block sunlight from getting into your home, and during the summer, you’ll want all the natural light you can get!
Check your hoses
Make sure your hoses haven’t sprung a leak since you last used them. If they have, try to repair them yourself, or replace your hose before summer rolls around.
Clean your ceiling fans
If your home is equipped with a few ceiling fans, make sure that you give them a proper wash before using them this summer. Dust loves to accumulate on the top of these fans, which can then be spread around the room if turned on while dirty.
Maintain pool maintenance
Before filling your pool up for the summer, make sure there are no cracks or tears in the lining. Afterwards, make sure your filter is still functioning, and that you properly care for your pool throughout the summer. Remember, maintenance is key to a healthy pool.
Test your sprinklers
Make sure there are no leaks or malfunctions before getting ready to use your sprinklers during the summertime. And, remember, the best time to water your plants during the summer is just after the sun has gone down!
Fix any tears in window or door screens
Protect yourself from bug invasions by making sure your screens are tear-free. If not, make sure to get them repaired before the first mosquitos arrive!
Freshen up the guest room
Summertime means far more friends and family will be stopping by your home. Make sure your guest bedroom has fresh linens and has been thoroughly cleaned before any of your house guests arrive.