Summer is just around the corner. It’s time to start prepping your home for the season starting from the outside. Prune the trees, mow the lawn, clean your patio and grill, and remove trash from your gutters. It’s also the best time to plant new flowers, and clear out any clutter. What you want to avoid the most is working hard in and around the house on hot, sunny days. Here are some things you can do to get your home ready for summer.

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1. Clean the deck or patio

Driveways, walkways, and patios need maintenance from time to time. Repairing and sealing any damage or holes in your deck can help prevent big problems. You can also paint or seal your deck and wooden railings to protect them from insect damage, rot, and peeling.

2. Store away things you don’t need

It’s time to pack away all your wintery stuff and excess clutter into your garbage, or perhaps get an extra storage unit to safely store all the things you don’t need immediately. Take this time to spray clean the garage and organise everything where it belongs. While you’re at it, take a good look at all your tools and separate those needing replacement or cleaning.

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3. Check the insulation

Good insulation can save you a lot of money on your energy bills every year. About a quarter of your home’s heat and cooling escapes through the roof. That’s why it is recommended to install insulation in your attic. Cavity wall insulation can also help reduce your energy bills.

4. Gutter and drain cleaning

Cleaning gutters and downspouts are usually the last things most people do, but it’s an essential task before summer starts. Leaves, mud, and other debris can clog gutters after fall and winter. When they build up, they can cause leaks in walls and roofs. By removing debris from pipes, you can significantly reduce the risk of water damage.

5. Check the central heating system

A faulty central heating system can do a lot of damage to your home. Remember to have your central heating system serviced by an authorised technician before the cold weather arrive again.

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6. Wash your windows and screens

Your windows and screens are probably still dirty from the winter grime. Get your home ready for summer by washing your windows and screens, while on the lookout for signs of dry rot and water damage.

7. Have your chimney checked

Ducts tend to fill up during the winter months, so summer is the best time to get a chimney cleaning. Chimney cleaning by a professional can significantly reduce the risk of a chimney fire and damage to your interiors.

8. Plant new fauna and flora

All it takes is a few decorative elements to transform the look of your space. Think about adding flowers and plants, and if you want them to bloom early, pay attention to when you should plant them. 

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9. Protect your pipes

Pipes can become damaged during the winter. To repair it, apply a layer of foam called a top coat to its surface. This layer of foam will prevent the pipe from cracking. Another way to protect your pipes is to regularly check and remove excess vegetation around them.

10. Sealing cracks 

Replace or clean dirty door handles, hill holes and cracks around doors and windows with a caulking mixture. Sealing your home will help to eliminate pests and insects that are a summer regular.

11. Improve ventilation

Another essential way to prepare your home for the summer is to make sure it is well ventilated. If you don’t have a way to cool down when the temperature rises, your home gets hotter. One way is to turn the fans on and let cool air into the house. Air conditioning maintenance is also going to be essential.

Preparing your home for summer may seem like extra work at this time, but being prepared will save you more time and energy for the rest of the year.

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