With spring and summer just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how you’re going to prepare for this changing of the seasons. While most people welcome the warmer weather and the chance to spend more comfortable time outdoors, these two things can mean bring problems for your home if you’re not ready to meet these challenges head-on. So to help ensure that you don’t run into any problems while the heat of summer is in full swing, here are three things you can do now to prepare your home for summertime.
Clean Up Your Outdoor Living Spaces
The last thing you’ll want to be doing once the weather finally gets nice is spend hours and hours cleaning up the mess or damage that was done by winter weather. So before the first really nice day rolls in, you might want to venture outside and clean up some of your outdoor living spaces so that you can enjoy them right as the weather starts warming up. According to Colleen Sullivan, a contributor to HGTV, this should include things like clearing your walkways, cleaning out your gutters, cleaning or updating your deck or patio, and freshening up your landscaping. Once these chores are done, you’ll have so much more time to spend actually enjoying your property rather than working on it.
Keep Your Air Fresh And Clean
Many people’s homes get stuffy after the fall and winter months have passed. And as the weather warms up, you’ll likely be switching from your heater to your air conditioning unit. So to ensure that the air in your home is going to be fresh and clean, Sara Cation, a contributor to Style At Home, advises that you replace the return air filter in your furnace, get your air conditioner looked at by a professional, and adjust your ceiling fans so they’re pushing the air down. By doing these things, not only will you be preparing for when the summer heat really gets turned up, but you’ll so be ensuring that the air circulating within your home is safe for you to be breathing.
Fight Those Bugs
Summertime is when the bugs start coming out. After spending all winter hunkered down and trying to stay warm, the heat can get all types of bug creeping and crawling around your home and property. To keep them from getting into a place that you don’t want, like your house, Rachel Slifka, a contributor to WiseBread.com, recommends using caulking to fill in any cracks around your home where pests could get in. Additionally, you could also spray for bugs, either on your own or with a pest control company, to give you an added layer of protection.
To help you be prepared for all that summer has to offer, consider using the tips mentioned above to assist you in readying your home for the upcoming season.