With the increasingly hot temperatures and days that seem to be lasting forever, we can safely say that summer has well and truly arrived. Even though this summer season won’t be like any other, with coronavirus restrictions still in place, you can still prepare your home for your own barbecue or cookout plans, or smaller events with local friends and family. Here are five tips to consider when preparing your home for the perfect summer:
If you’re planning on having a barbecue or cookout this summer season, you should make sure that there is enough space in your freezer. Start by emptying your freezer and fully defrosting it to melt any icy build-up. You should clear out any expired items or anything that has been in there for over a year (certain products lose texture and flavor over time). With the extra freezer capacity, you can stock up on any meat for a cookout, as well as enjoy some additional space to make homemade ice lollies.
There’s nothing worse than your air conditioner breaking down when summer is in full swing. Make sure yours is working efficiently and is up to date with any maintenance work or repairs. If it’s time to invest in a new air conditioning unit entirely, check out Kaiser Air Conditioning for high quality air conditioning products and services.
Making sure your windows are clean will prevent any marks or dirt from being shown when the summer sun shines through. The best way to easily clean your windowpanes is to fill a spray bottle with window cleaning solution and use newspaper or a squeegee to leave the glass streak free. As you clean, evaluate how well your windows have fared over quarantine. Checking the seals and re-caulking or replacing damaged weather stripping will ensure that you can keep the hot air out and the cool air in.
Do something productive in quarantine and update your deck, door, picnic table, or chairs with a fresh coat of paint. Alternatively, you can add a new brighter color and totally transform your outdoor furniture. Don’t forget to sand the wood before adding a new coat of paint to remove the old paint, and then coating it with primer. When the primer is fully dry, paint wood with a durable exterior paint.
*Outdoor social space
Summer is the season of hosting. Creating an outdoor social space will make your home more inviting for guests, and will make hosting even easier. When purchasing table and chairs, think about investing in some weather-proof furniture. For instance, furniture with Sunbrella fabrics are made to resist weathering. As well as a dining area, make a cozy relaxing zone with cushions, solar string lights, and a fire pit. Spaces like these can be used for events that go on into the late evening as guests can gather around the fire to make s’mores and continue the evening. Fire pits are also extremely manageable as long as you keep a bucket of firewood and kindling nearby.