Pre-Summer To-Do List
April showers bring May flowers, along with rain, mud and a few other responsibilities that need to be taken care of as you prepare for summer. Here are some ideas to best prepare for the warmer months of the year to better enjoy your summer!
Touch Up Interior Paint
After a year’s worth of wear and tear on your walls, pull out the left-over paint from your walls and find those little nicks that seem to have magically appeared on your walls via a chair hitting it. Makes sure to also look at those baseboards and the front door as well!
In many parts of the country, the weather is beginning to warm up and flowers are starting to peek through as the snow melts away. That means that it is time to get your porch repainted or stained. You know you will be using this area frequently in the upcoming months so why not give it a little touch up? On a side note, by resealing the wood with paint or stain, it will elongate the life of your porch or deck.
Check Safety Devices
Take a few minutes and check your security system, CO2 and smoke detectors. Replace the batteries if it has been a while. It is reported that every 10 years, you should replace your smoke and CO2 detectors just as a safety precaution.
Clean Nooks and Crannies
Oh, this is a major struggle. Remember that horrible smelling candle you shoved to the very back of a gift closet? Or what about the thoughtfully-picked-out,-but-doesn’t-fit-you-properly outfit you shoved in the back corner of your closet? Well, it is time to drag that out and make the choice to keep it or give it away. Take some time to go through and clean the areas that you shove things and you will feel so much better.
If you are lucky enough to have an outdoor kitchen, then you know you will be using it a lot in the upcoming months! Clean off that layer of dust that has accumulated and fluff up the cushions. If you are wanting to do a little shopping for your outdoor kitchen, go ahead and look into fun outdoor tableware that matches your seat cushions.
Outdoor Fire Hazard
If you have a few fallen limbs around the yard or maybe the bushes are a little high next to the fire pit, it may be time to trim the foliage and pick up any debris that has accumulated over the winter/spring. In the words of Smokey the Bear, “Only you can prevent wildfires.” (Even if they are in your own backyard.)
Check Irrigation System
As summer comes into view, it is best to take a look at your sprinkler system to make sure it is up to par and works as efficiently as possible. You do not want to start watering your lawn only to realize one of the sprinkler heads is missing because your lawn mower got to it first. Go ahead and look at it to make sure it is ready for the heat!
Increase Curb Appeal
Summer is right around the corner, and it is time to plant all those beautiful flowers you bought and pick up all those dead leaves that fell late in the winter. Just take a few minutes to spruce up your yard and the front of your home! Maybe even touch up the paint or stain on your front door or shutters.