Homeowners April 24, 2024

Summer Home Prep Made Easy

It might not be very warm here in New Jersey, but we are a month into Spring, and a month away from Memorial Day Weekend, the unofficial start of Summer. 

It might not feel like it, but yes, Summer is around the corner. Whether you are planning back yard parties, lounging in the sun or staying cool inside your home, a little proactive Summer home preparation can go a long way. Here are some tips and advice to help you ensure your abode is ready for the Season:

Your Home Exterior

Give your patio or deck a good scrub or sweep, clearing away any debris. Then, look at your furniture and freshen it up by incorporating patio umbrellas to add a touch of shade for when the sun’s heat is too much. Also, don’t forget to give your grill some attention, from checking the ignition, propane tank, charcoal basin or your stock supply, you will want to make sure everything is up and running for food, fun and fresh air. Lastly, set the ambiance and add strategically placed lights for evenings get togethers. 

Beat the Summer Heat Indoors

As temperatures rise, keeping your home regulated is a top priority. Don’t underestimate the power of  a well placed ceiling fan – consider installing one in your main living space to circulate air and create a breeze. Additionally, a programmable thermostat can help regulate the temperature indoors more efficiently. You could also installed ceramic or reflective window films, allowing you to enjoy the natural light while reducing heat and harmful UV rays coming through the windows into your home. And now is the perfect time to check your air conditioning unit before it gets too hot. Replace filters and thoroughly clean and test the unit to ensure it is in proper working order when you need it most.

Create Summer-esque Ambiance

Embrace the season and nature by adding plants and flowers to your living spaces.  From lush greenery to vibrant blooms, Summer foliage can add a pop of color and life to your décor.  Better yet, the flora can set the tone for a relaxed, chill vibe. While you’re at it, consider adding yellow, blue and green summer hues to your interior design through seasonal pillows, rugs or artwork to uplift the mood of any room.

Repel Seasonal Bugs

Summer pests can quickly become unwelcome guests inside your home. These sneaky creatures have a knack for finding their way in, but you can keep them out by sealing any cracks or gaps around doors and windows by caulking or weather-stripping openings. Also, you could invest in some window screens to allow the Summer breeze to flow indoors while keeping the bugs out. 

And for your Summer outdoor relaxation or gatherings, citronella candles or torches can help repel mosquitoes and other insects while adding a cozy ambiance. 

With some elbow grease, and some creativity, you will have your home primed for the Summer season so you can kick back, invite friends over, crank up the grill and let the good times roll.


* From Coldwell Banker Blue Matter