Home Projects To Ready Your Home For Summer
With the spring season now in full bloom, summer approaching quickly, and social distancing guidelines leaving you a little stir-crazy, you may be feeling anxious to spend time outdoors and keep yourself busy while waiting for restrictions to be lifted. Fortunately, when you have to #StayHome, you might be able to find some time to work on some home projects that may have otherwise been neglected. Because home projects are usually essential or seasonal tasks to ensure your home is properly maintained, this can also be a great learning opportunity for kids who are currently unable to attend school, and trying to learn from home instead. If you don’t have kids, then this is the perfect time to hone your skills as a handy homeowner.
Whatever the case may be, it is important to remember to keep your projects within your abilities; if you do not feel comfortable or safe performing a task, there are plenty of reliable contractors available for essential services, or who can be booked once businesses begin to reopen. In the meantime, here are some ideas for home projects to get you started while taking advantage of your time at home, so you can ensure your house is in great shape this summer.
The gutters on your house should never be neglected, as they can cause damage to your home if they get clogged. Before summer gets here, make sure to clean out your gutters and make way for a worry-free summer season.
Your deck is an extension of your home that can be just as beautiful as the inside. Take some time to clean and organize your deck, and maybe add a coat of stain to brighten it up a bit. Once it is deemed safe to socialize again, your family and friends will be more than impressed with how amazing your deck looks in the summer sun.
It is important to prune any dead or damaged stems as soon as you see them. Additionally, any spring-flowering leaves and shrubs, such as lilac trees, should be pruned in late spring, once they have finished blooming. It is important to research specific plants to see when the best time to prune is, as some, such as Daylilies require autumn pruning instead of spring.
Air Conditioners are great for providing us with cool, temperature-controlled environments throughout hot and humid summers. The problem is, without proper care our air conditioners might not be working as efficiently as they should be. It is important to have your filters changed once a year, and even call in a specialist if you have any concerns, to ensure your system is performing at its best.
There is no better time than the present to increase your home’s curb appeal! Put a fresh coat of paint on the exterior of your home, or reseal your deck or fences to preserve the longevity and keep your home looking fantastic all year-round.
Don’t let those pesky flies into your home this summer! Ensure your screen doors and windows are up to par by inspecting them for rips, tears, or holes in the material. You may need to do some patchwork or replacement but you will be able to keep the bugs out and breeze in all summer long.
Taking care of household tasks are important life lessons that everyone can benefit from learning, and practicing. Take some time to research your projects to ensure you have the appropriate gear and equipment, as stores and businesses may have limited stock, hours, and curbside pickup availability; try to be as resourceful and economical as you can during these times of uncertainty. Doing this on your own or getting your children involved can teach both you and them some valuable lessons and life skills that will certainly come in handy down the road. Life might feel a little off-beat right now, but taking advantage of this time and staying positive will ensure you come out on the other side feeling maybe more accomplished (at least, with your home projects) than you did before.
Lisa Fitzpatrick ABR, SRS
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