A Guide To Getting Your Home Ready for Summer

June 13, 2014

After such a long winter, you’ve been ready for summer for awhile. But what about your home? Here are our suggestions for how to make your home summer ready.

1. Paint for your home’s exterior – If you’re thinking about re-painting the exterior of your home, the summer months are the time to do it. Whether you plan to paint it yourself or hire a professional, the longer and warmer days provide a good time to do so. 

2. Add and repair fences in your yard – Fences are twofold in that they’re both aesthetically pleasing and practical. Adding a new fence or repairing old ones can make your home safer as well as adding a little extra curb appeal.

3. Put in and repair your screens – Screen doors and windows allow your home to be opened up to fresh air. Be sure to check for holes in your screens, and check for cracks and warped wood in your doors. Moisture build-up can create cracks that can let in bugs and that can make your doors less secure.

4. Switch your décor – Lighter colors tend to be more appropriate for the summer months, and it’s a great way to freshen up your interior spaces. Try adding some pastels like throw pillows or a new print or painting on your wall. Check out Martha Stewart’s website for an impressive 60 decorating ideas for summer months.

5. Change the direction of your fans – It’s important the cool air is directed downward rather than up. Set fan blades to revolve counterclockwise, which forces the hotter air near the ceiling to mix with the lower, cooler air, leveling out the room temperature.

6. Clean the gutters – It’s not the most enjoyable task, but keeping dry brush and leaves out of your home’s gutters and downspouts is a must to keep your roof in good shape. But did you know there are ways to cut down on or even eliminate cleaning? Gutter guards can be installed over your existing gutters to keep leaves and organic matter out (you’ll still need to clean the guards occasionally), and if you are starting from scratch, you can have a roof designed without gutters altogether. The DIY Network has some great tips about cleaning and repairing gutters.

7. Transition your closets from winter to summer – Ditch your winter coats, hats, and gloves by putting them into storage. Switch in sandals, bathing suits, and other light summer clothes.

8. Organize the garage – Take a day to organize everything in your garage. Southern Living gives some great tips on how to do so efficiently 

9. Use lighter linens – Swap out your heavy sheets and duvet covers for lighter linens. A simple, thin coverlet should be enough to keep you warm during the summer months.

10. Get the grill ready – Be sure to have all of your essentials on hand before you’re about to use your grill. See Real Simple’s grilling essentials checklist here.

11. Get your pool ready – Pool maintenance can be daunting, but it’s definitely worth it. Be sure to monitor your pool’s pH and chlorine levels to prevent bacteria growth, eye irritation, and fading colors of bathing suits. Check out This Old House’s helpful guide to maintaining a pool.

12. Prevent being overwhelmed by bugs – Bug spray and citronella candles are a good start, and Southern Living suggests that you clear underbrush around trees and shrubs and avoid planting thick vegetation. See their full article here.

If you are interested in a free estimate or would like to know how Lensis Builders, Inc. can make your home even better, give us a call at 703-367-8999 or fill out a short contact form by clicking here. If you’re looking for inspiration for your next project, visit our Pinterest page!

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