Get Your Home Ready for Summer

With summer quickly approaching, it’s time to get your home ready for summer with maintenance and repairs. If you’ve been putting off necessary chores because of winter weather, now is the perfect time to catch up on home improvements.

Paint Your House

If your house is showing signs of wear and tear, it may be time for a new paint job. If your house has been painted white for 20 years, consider a new color that will change the look and appeal. There are thousands of colors to choose from, so it’s easy to find one that will complement existing materials. If you prefer neutrals, consider shades of gray or brown that are easy on the eyes. If you’re ready for a bold change, try shades of blue, green or gold to give your home a boost of updated style and curb appeal.

Wash Your Windows

Before sunny days roll around, wash your windows to get rid of dirt and grime that’s built up during winter and spring. To make cleaning easier and faster, invest in a good squeegee with a long handle, a large bucket, and a sturdy, safe ladder or step stool before you begin. For cleaning, use warm soapy water or a glass cleaner that will cut through layers of grime a little easier. A squeegee will help to prevent streaks as you clean, but you may need to dry glass with a soft, lint-free cloth to prevent spotting.

Check Your Air Conditioner

Before summer heat arrives, make sure your air conditioning is cooling properly. If you have a central A/C system, schedule an inspection with a HVAC professional to make sure the compressor is working properly. If you have window units, remove debris from the outside components and clean filters before you turn them on. If it’s time to install an updated system, talk to general contractors in your area for information on energy-efficient systems that will save you money.

Plant and Prune

Your landscape has a big impact on the overall look and appeal of your home. Spring is a great time to get out in the yard and clean up your landscape. Prune trees, shrubs and hedges that became overgrown during winter. Plant new annuals and perennials that will give you pops of beautiful color throughout summer and fall. During warm weather, your grass and plants grow faster, so regular lawn care and maintenance is essential to keep your landscape healthy and beautiful.

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