With summer quickly approaching, this time of year is the perfect opportunity to start preparing your home for the warmer months. Making sure your home is ready for summertime is beneficial for your home both aesthetically and economically.
At Holland Homes, we want your house to be an inviting and stunning place to call home for every season. With these tips, your home will be prepped to perfection. Here are some of the most essential preparation tips for your home before the kids are out of school:
Gutters and Drains
This is not the most glamorous chore, but it is a crucial part in preparing your home for summer. The colder months can bring an excess of leaves, debris and mud that can block your gutters and drains, which can lead to leaks throughout your home.
Checking your gutters and drains for any possible build up before the summer will help minimize the chances of potential water damage and save you money on repairs. A thorough clean will go a long way, so knock it out early.
Walkway and Driveway
Your walkway and driveway are one of the first things guests see, so it is time to spruce them up for the summer months. Using a pressure washer to clean it up is an easy way to give it a fresh finish. If you have damaged bricks, try replacing them or flipping them over if the other side is not damaged. If you have concrete, you can fill in the cracks with a concrete caulk that matches the color of your driveway or walkway.
The exterior of your home can experience a considerable amount of wear and tear, especially in the winter season. Cleaning your front door and railing, adding a fresh coat of paint to both and tightening those screws will go a long way to revive your front porch. Installing a new railing is also an option if you’re tired of your old railing.
The yard is a neglected part of the home during the chilly winter months with twigs, weeds and dead grass surrounding your property if not taken care of properly. Rake up the unwanted debris and utilize your local gardening center for seeds for a fresh and healthy lawn. According to HGTV, a pro tip for weed fertilizer is to use it right before it rains for fast acting results.
Heating and Air Conditioning
Your heating system could have been working overtime in the winter, so take advantage of the summer months to take care of an overused heating unit before the prices rise before it gets cold again. Additionally, your air conditioning unit needs to be in top shape for the summer, so make sure you hose off the unit and make sure it is working properly before the heat sets in.
Your windows need to be in top shape for the summertime to ensure your home’s temperature is properly regulated without skyrocketing the power bill. Applying caulk to your windows’ frames and checking the seals will ensure your windows aren’t letting air in or out. Giving them a quick wash after is always a plus!
Summer is all about lounging outside, so your back patio or deck needs to be tidied up before the warm weather arrives. Brush off the deck’s twigs and leaves, and if necessary, use a power washer to get rid of the grime.
If your deck has suffered from wood splintering or more extreme damage, fixing those pieces up and sealing it will allow for your deck to have a clean finish and protect it from further damage or decay.
Summer is right around the corner and at Holland Homes, we want to help you create your dream home no matter what season. With custom, elegant designs and experienced home building professionals, we are here for you every step of the way. Contact us today to learn more about our homes!