Summer is just around the corner, so it’s time to start planning barbeques, garden parties, and summer evenings with friends. We all love the summertime as it brings great weather and happy faces. The great weather, though, gives us a few tasks to do in preparation for the heat.
As a homeowner, there are a few things you should always do in springtime to prepare for summer. In this article, we will share those top tips and help you get your home prepped for the best few months of the year. So, if you want to know how to get ready for the summer season, read on.
Check on Air-Con
If your home has air conditioning, it’s vitally important that you get it checked over before the summer season hits. Furthermore, air conditioning repairs are far better done in springtime than when it’s already 100 degrees out, and you are boiling inside! At the end of winter, you should find yourself a local air conditioning maintenance company and get them round.
They will check the entire system for you, clean the vents, and make sure everything is working perfectly. If it is not, they will discuss a repair or replacement plan with you. If you leave this until summer, then find out the system is busted; you could spend a long time with no air con!
Look at Decks and Furniture
Often our decks and garden furniture are neglected in the winter, especially the decks. Furniture may have been hidden away, but decks have likely been exposed to the elements all winter long. Ice, snow, hail, and rain all tend to have negative effects on the wood in our gardens.
Before the hot weather fully rolls in, get out in the garden and check your deck. Give it a proper washdown, then have a look. Does the coating have any cracks or chips? Is any of the wood damp or swollen? If so, treat accordingly with new sealant or varnish, or even new wood where necessary. This way, it won’t get destroyed in the summer once you start using it regularly again.
There is never a better time to reseed your lawn than springtime. Patches may have formed from overuse last summer or periods of prolonged ice in the winter, but that doesn’t mean your lawn can’t be saved. In spring, sow seeds across your whole lawn, concentrating more on the dead, dying, or thin patches. Water frequently throughout spring, and you’ll find that you have a thick, even lawn by the time June is here. Then you can water and mow regularly throughout the summer to create the perfect lawn – and be the envy of your neighbors!
Check the Pool
If you don’t have a pool, feel free to scroll by. If you do, you already know that when the hot weather hits, your kids, friends, family, and even neighbors will all be asking when the pool opens! As with almost everything on this list, springtime is the time for pool maintenance.
Your pool should be inspected to make sure any pumps and drains are working adequately, as well as to check for leaks or damage to the pool. You’ll want this done by a professional to make sure your pool is perfectly safe for kids and guests, especially if you plan on throwing summer pool parties! Once it’s checked, you can roll back the cover, clean out the leaves, and get swimming!
Re-Pave the Driveway
Winter is not kind to concrete or asphalt, especially when temperatures consistently drop below freezing, water can permeate your driveway and cause expansion and contraction as ice forms and melts. This, in turn, can cause cracks to form. If this happens to your driveway throughout the winter, you may want to consider re-paving it before the damage gets any worse.
Once the weather turns to heat again, the asphalt itself will have to deal with expanding under the sun, so springtime – once again – is the best time for driveway repairs. A professional team can seal your driveway in just an afternoon, size permitting. It’s a no-brainer, as it prolongs the overall life of your driveway, improves the look of your home, and reduces any risk of flat tires or trips on the driveway!
These five relatively simple tasks can help you prepare your home for the summer. Skipping on these can cause mishaps and overheat in the summer months, something that none of us want! So, get yourself prepared today and be ready for the ultimate summer.