Is Your Home Ready For Summer?
Welcome warm weather with seasonal chores around the house. Whether you’ve been in your home for years or you’ve recently made a move, it’s important to prepare your home for the changing season. Once you get these basic tasks completed, you can enjoy the lovely weather.
Pollen-Proof Your Home
Nothing spoils great weather like seasonal allergies. Keep the pollen outside with simple steps to allergy-proof your home, making it a refuge from allergens that cause sniffles and sneezes.
- Set up a shoe station. Create a space for members of your family to remove and store shoes and other gear that might track pollen into your home.
- Wash curtains. Take down your curtains and wash them, using hot water if the fabric can handle it. Consider using a dust-mite rinse to cover all the bases.
- Trim blooming trees. Hire a tree service to cut back your trees for the warm weather season. Focus on blooming trees and bushes, especially ones near your house.
- Change air filters. Replace your air conditioner’s filters with allergen-reducing filters that will help clean the air in your home and keep pollen out of your family's living space.
Do an Energy-Efficiency Tune-Up
Save money on warm-weather electrical bills by making some energy-saving changes around the home. If you’re just moving in, add these steps to your moving checklist to start off on the right foot with your energy bill.
- Replace bulbs. Do an inventory of lighting in your home and replace old incandescent bulbs with electricity-saving CFL bulbs or LED lights. Though they’re more expensive up front, this type of lighting will save you money in the long run.
- Improve insulation. Hire a professional to take a look at your home’s insulation. During the warm months, it’s just as important to keep cool air in as it is to keep cold air out during the winter. Beef up your insulation wherever needed, paying close attention to windows and doors as well as your attic spaces.
- Maintain major appliances. Schedule tune-ups for your air conditioner and other major appliances as needed. It pays to know if your air conditioning unit is working properly and efficiently before the weather really heats up.
- Begin better habits. Use ceiling fans whenever possible, keeping your thermostat set at a higher temperature. This will save money and energy. Stick to the microwave instead of the oven when you can. Unplug electronics that aren’t in use and remember to turn the lights off when you’re not in a room.
Clear Up Outdoors Spaces
Now that the weather is changing, so is your landscape. Freshen up your yard and landscaping to prepare for the summer weather and days spent outside.
- Trim brush. Clear up unruly brush areas that might attract pests or give prowlers a place to hide. Cut bushes and plants back as much as you can and consider re-mulching with water-saving ground cover.
- Treat your lawn. Speak to a lawn expert about treating your lawn with non-toxic solutions to manage bug and weed problems. Avoid using highly poisonous insect treatments that can endanger your pets and kids.
- Clean outdoor furniture. Get your elbow grease ready and attack your outdoor furniture with a seriously deep cleaning. Clear dead leaves, mold and stains away to get your chairs and tables sparkling for outdoor entertainment.
- Avoid standing water. Standing water allows pests like mosquitoes to breed in your yard. Even one bucketful of water can cause problems. Make sure decorative elements aren’t gathering water in your outdoor spaces.
Store Winter Gear Efficiently
Now that you’re done with cold weather gear, get it cleaned and stored so it’s in top shape as the seasons turn again.
- Organize storage spaces. Before you put things away, create a system for organizing the gear and other items stored in your garage, shed or attic space. Use labeled bins and racks to get as much off the ground as you can.
- Clean before you store. Wipe away excess moisture, mold and grime before you store your cold weather gear. Make sure winter outerwear is free of debris and moisture before you put it away.
- Switch out your wardrobe. When it’s time to put away your sweaters and cozy clothing, be sure to pack them in a cool, dark place in a well-sealed box or clothing bag. Keep bugs and odors away with natural cedar.
Deep-Clean Your Home
Use the changing season as an opportunity to do a deep cleaning in the home. When you’re finished, your space will be as clean and bright as it was after first moving in.
- Swap linens. Change out heavy coverlets in anticipation of warmer weather. Clean your winter linens before storing them appropriately.
- Clean your screens. It’s a tedious task, but it’s got to be done. Take your window screens down and wash them thoroughly with a gentle detergent, warm water and a soft rag. Rinse well, dry in the sun and put them back in the windows.
- Move your appliances. Pull out your oven, fridge, washer and dryer and sweep away grime and debris that may have accumulated.
- Wash carpets. During the cold months, it’s easy to track in mud and dirt from outside. As the weather warms up, rent a carpet steamer to take care of those serious stains.
This article was written by Maria Mora for MyMove.com, an online resource for moving information, products and coupons.