August 6, 2015

3 Ways to Prep Your Home for Summer

Warm weather means fun parties and impromptu get-togethers. It’s never too early (or late) to start prepping your home for the months ahead (or to review your homeowners coverage). Here are a few easy steps you can take to make your home cleaner, cooler and safer.

Power Wash Your Exterior

Prepare your home to look its best by cleaning your windows and exterior walls, especially if you plan to put it on the market in the near future. Even if you’re not looking to sell, washing away all of the dirt, sap, animal dropping and other buildup can help reveal problems that may need repair before they become an emergency.

Clean Your Ceiling Fans

Chances are your fans weren’t turned on all winter, giving dust an excellent chance to make its home all over the tops of the blades. Before turning on your fans, run a damp paper towel over the blades to capture this hidden dust before it gets spun back into the air that you’ll be breathing.

Inspect Your Deck

Bombarded with cold temperatures, snow and rain throughout the winter, your deck likely needs a little tender love and care before you start hosting summer gatherings. Take the time to walk around your deck to look for cracked or rotted planks that may need replacing. Also pay close attention to loose or missing screws.

Keep Reading: Warm Weather Prep In and Around Your Home

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