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Preparing Your Home for the Summer

By: Tanya Torres

Photo by Thirsty Turf Irrigation on Unsplash

 

In El Paso, TX,, it sometimes feels like summer hasn’t left us on extremely hot days even in wintertime when it is supposed to be cold. However, it does not compare to those hot days and nights in summertime. Although no one likes to be hot and sweaty, summer is the time of the year that everyone looks forward to for various reasons. It might be because we can wear shorts all day long, the pool parties or just having all the time in the world due to the summer break and longer days. There are many reasons to look forward to summer, but if your home is not summer ready for whatever reason, it does not mean that you should skip out on your summer duties. Preparing your home for summer may seem tedious at times, but you will be very pleased when your summer parties, get-togethers happen because your home is looking its best. Here are some tips on how to begin preparing your home for the summer. 

 

Gardening

Your outdoor space is something that screams pay attention to me which is why it is always recommended to have it looking its best any time of the year. One way to make your home look beautiful and inviting is to add a garden to your lawn. Gardens are a lot of work to have but the benefits outweigh all the effort you will have to put into it. You can have a vegetable garden, a flower garden or more in your yard and make your home look whimsical with all these different flowers and plants you can add to it. 

 

Windows

During the colder months, it is easy to neglect parts of our home that we do not use. However, once the days grow longer and we want to open up windows, curtains and more then it is time to begin cleaning up these areas to get the most out of these places in our home. A good way to begin making our home ready for summer is by cleaning the inside and outside of our windows. No one likes smudges and dirt on windows and now is the great time to spruce it up. Cleaning your windows will also allow more sun to enter your home and it reduces the amount of energy you might use with your lights. 

 

Lawn care

Our lawns are what makes our home stand out and it leaves an impression on anyone who sees it which is why it is important to keep up with our lawns. You may think that you need to start focusing on your lawn at certain times of the year, but it is crucial to begin preparing your lawn for the summer months in advance. You will have to nourish it by giving it as much water is needed that is appropriate for where you live. You will have to also be sure to check if your sprinkler system is still working and did not get damaged when it was not in use during the wintertime. If you have some gaps in your lawn then this is the best time to start putting seeds in it and you can overseed it without causing damage to it. 

 

Pool

If you are fortunate enough to have a pool at your home then the hot summer days will be filled with you lounging around, basking in the warm sun. However, before you get to relax in your pool you will have to start preparing it for the summer which means getting your pool or hot tub equipment serviced, purchasing the correct chemicals for it and cleaning it out before it is ready to be used. 

 

Brighten Your Home

The inside of your home is just as important as the outside of your home because it is what our guests will be around more and where we will be 90% of the time. Summertime allows us to take advantage of the longer days which means we do not  have to use our indoor lights to brighten up our room or add accessories to our home to brighten it up either. This is the time of year that we can open up our curtains, windows and doors to take advantage of the sun’s rays to brighten up our home. Although allowing more natural light to come into our home can be useful, it is also important to keep our rooms from becoming overheated from the sun exposure too. 

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