It may seem like all you need to do in order to prepare for summer is to buy a new swimming costume and a book to read on your summer holiday. However, apart from a traditional deep clean, spring is the perfect time to get ready for the warm months ahead. Here we’ve put together your ultimate guide of the most important things to do in order to get your house summer-ready.
1. Clean your windows
Spring presents the perfect time to clean your windows, which have most likely collected dust and grime over the last few months. In order to make your windows gleam, fill a spray bottle with warm water and use a squeegee to clean. Use a polishing cloth to then leave your windows shiny and streak free. This is also a great opportunity to check your windows for any signs of rotting and water damage from the cold winter months. To do this, take a look at the window seals, and replace damaged weather stripping where it is needed. Ensuring your windows are in condition will help keep hot air out and cool air in during the summer.
2. Freshen the airflow
In order to ensure a cool summer, we have a few simple low energy updates you can use to ensure a nice airflow. If you have a ceiling fan, try turning it anti-clockwise so that the blades are tilted upwards. Essentially, this will push the air in a downwards motion, and will create a cool, strong draft. If you are lucky enough to have air conditioning, try replacing the filter or have a professional come and look at it. Maintaining your air conditioning is essential, as you do not want to have to deal with any malfunctions during the sweltering summer heat.
3. Give your garden attention
A great way to get your house summer-ready is to tend to your garden. Start refreshing your garden by planting fresh flowers or growing some seasonal vegetables. Adding new flowers and plants will immediately give your garden a new burst of life for the summer. You can also take this opportunity to landscape your garden, by making a pathway or simply giving your hedges a trim. The options truly are endless in the garden. A simple way to make your garden look prim and proper is to keep your grass in good condition, by keeping it green and well-watered.
4. Deep clean the barbeque
What’s summer without a BBQ? It’s time to muscle up and give your barbeque that much-needed deep clean. Start by disconnecting the gas, and then start to disassemble the barbeque (following the instructions manual) and then grab some warm soapy water to clean the roof and tray. In order to clean the grill, there are a number of useful hacks in order to get rid of all that grease and grime. Slightly heat up your grill, and then take an onion. Attach the onion to a fork and then rub it over the hot bars. The water content within the onion will steam clean your grill and will remove any excess food debris.
Why not spend some time making some finishing touches to our home? Doing a light spot of decorating can really update your home, and can be done on a relatively low budget too. Start by getting rid of old items, and try replacing them with new ones instead. For example, try replacing old pillows with bright, new ones for summer. You could even replace your throws and blankets for some new, season-appropriate ones.