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11 Things to Do to Get Your Home Ready for Summer

May 22, 2024


Summer is just around the corner and it’s time to get your home in shape for all the fun and relaxation the season promises. Whether you’re planning backyard barbeques or lazy afternoons on a cool, comfortable house, preparing your home for the warmer months can make all the difference. From sprucing up your outdoor spaces to ensuring your HVAC system is running smoothly, these 11 things to do will help you get your home ready for summer.

1. Clean Windows and Screens

You’ll want to enjoy those warm summer breezes and beautiful garden views, so take a moment to clean both the inside and outside of your windows and your screens as well.

2. Inspect Roof and Gutters

Summer storms can bring a lot of water and even damaging hail. Check your roof for damage such as missing or damaged shingles or tiles, and repair as needed. Clean out the gutters and downspouts to ensure proper drainage.

3. Service your HVAC System

If you haven’t done so already, schedule a maintenance check for your heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system to ensure it’s in top working order.

4. Check Outdoor Faucets and Sprinkler Systems

Inspect your outdoor faucets for leaks and hook up hoses. Test your sprinkler system to ensure its proper function and adjust the settings for your summer watering needs.

5. Clean Up the Yard and Garden

Remove debris and dead foliage from your lawn and garden beds. Prune trees and shrubs as needed and apply fertilizer and mulch to promote healthy growth.

6. Inspect Outdoor Furniture and Equipment

Clean and inspect your outdoor furniture, grills and other equipment to make sure they’re ready for summer entertaining and relaxation. Replace worn-out or damaged items.

7. Clean and Repair Outdoor Lighting

Wipe down the outdoor lighting fixtures and replace burned-out bulbs. Ensure your pathways, entrances and outdoor living spaces are well lit for safety and ambiance.

8. Test Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Give a quick test to ensure your safety detectors are working correctly. This is important in any season.

9. Seal Windows and Doors

To keep cool air in and hot air out, make sure the seals around your windows and doors are not leaking air. Seal gaps with weatherstripping or caulking to improve energy efficiency and promote indoor comfort.

10. Inspect and Clean Chimney

Chimney cleaners get busy in the fall, so get on their schedule now. Have your chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional to remove creosote buildup.

11. Plan for Pest Control

As temperatures rise, keep an eye out for pests and insects. Seal up cracks or openings where they could enter your home and consider hiring a pest control service for proactive treatment.

Let Golden Rule Home Watch Help Protect Your Home This Summer

Summer is a time when many Northern Virginia families travel on long or overseas vacations. When you’re away, trust Golden Rule Home Watch’s comprehensive services to assist homeowners with the protection of your home when you are out of town for an extended period.

On every visit, we’ll conduct a thorough inspection of both the interior and exterior of your home to monitor for issues or areas in need of attention. This approach ensures we can pinpoint potential problems before they can escalate into more significant issues.

If issues are identified, we’ll notify you immediately and offer remediation suggestions. We can handle most issues through our network of qualified service companies, or we’re happy to use your preferred vendors.

In addition to addressing any immediate needs, Golden Rule Home Watch can provide personalized guidance and recommendations to help you optimize the efficiency, functionality and safety of your home. With our expertise and dedication to excellence, we empower you to protect your investment, maintain comfort and ensure your family’s well-being.

Contact Golden Rule Home Watch

If your home is located in Northern Virginia, contact Golden Rule Home Watch at 855-928-2424 for your free initial consultation. We’ll be glad to offer you peace of mind as you enjoy your travels away from home.