Summer may very well be months away; however, if youre a new homeowner and dont understand what summer signals for you and your house, you may be in for a shock.
Obviously everyones looking to beat the heat during the summer months, but the upkeep involved with your home during the peaks months of summer is night and day versus the autumn or spring weather. Sure, youve enjoyed the cooler months in the comfort of your new space, but have you ever tried mowing your lawn in the dead heat of July?
Preparing your home for summer doesnt have to be a huge headache: it simply requires attention to detail and some simple planning thatll make both you and your house happy.
Again, beating the heat should be your top priority during the summer months. After all, higher temperatures mean a energy bill and likewise a constant struggle to stay cool and comfortable.
Perhaps one the simplest and cost-effective solutions for cooling down your home is by investing in property preservation blinds. Low-cost and easy to install, blinds offer a smart option for keeping your home cooler whilst also driving down your energy bill.
Another benefit of high quality blinds and shade products is that they will protect your hardwood flooring from damage and fading. Sun has harmful ultra violet and infrared light that can make wood floors change color if exposed for too long. If you have recently installed new wood floors, then blinds will be a very worthy investment.
Check On Your Air Conditioner
If youve never had to deal with the horrors of having no air conditioner during the summer, consider yourself lucky.
Its no secret that air conditioners are a nightmare to repair and a huge burden to replace. Once you make sure that yours is in working order, you may want to think about purchasing a home warranty policy that covers your air condition in the future.
Think about it like this: paying a few hundred dollars a year to cover your appliances may be worth it in the long-run versus having to pay thousands in a pinch.
Protection Yourself From Pests
Summer represents more pests and therefore the most important time to protect your home from bugs. There are plenty of bug barriers you can purchase from your local hardware store which offer long-term pest protection.
Similarly, checking and spraying the interior of your home is also a good idea as bugs tend to breed in humid areas of your home such as within the walls or up in the attic.
Rethink Your Mower
Lawns seem to grow twice as fast over the summer; likewise, the hassle of dealing with an overgrown lawn is a less-than-pleasant experience during the hottest months of the year. If your old mower is giving you trouble, it may be time for a more efficient upgrade. Between riding mowers and reel mowers with ultra-sharp blades that can take out even the peskiest lawns in one go-around, make sure you purchase a mower that you can realistically keep up with.
Strive to mow during the early morning hours or at night if possible, although bear in mind being courteous to your neighbors and adhering to noise regulations as per your HOA.
If you’re struggling to keep up with your lawn care duties, or simply don’t have the time to mow your lawn on a regular basis, you might consider hiring a professional lawn care services company to assist you. Hiring a professional company goes well beyond finding someone to mow your lawn every week, as they will complete a full analysis of your lawn and come up a yard care plan specific to your needs. The service includes things like fertilizing, providing weed and pest control, and dealing with your soil aeration. In short, they handle everything you need for a healthy lawn.
Get Out the Grill
Hey, not everything related to your home during summer has to be all work and no play, right? Whether you go with propane or a charcoal grill, make it a priority to make the most of those cool summer nights by trying out some new recipes. Part of the joy of being a homeowner is being able to throw a party or two: dont let the heat get you down too much.
You should be able to enjoy the summer months in your home, shouldnt you? Keep the aforementioned tips in mind to both beat the heat and make sure you and your home are prepared for the very near future.