The hotter weather is getting closer, and with each passing day, it begins to get warmer, and we all dream of the days we can lounge around in the garden with the sun overhead. This signals the start of summer! It is a great time, therefore to get your home ready for summer. Did you know that the sun can damage your property? It most certainly can, so here are some steps you can take to prepare your home for summer.
Clean Your Chimney
If you have a fire, then you will have a chimney. This is the time to get it checked out and cleaned by a professional. You won’t be using it for a few months, and when you do start to use it again, it can cause all kinds of issues if you haven’t had it cleaned. A professional will inspect it and give it a thorough clean, including the damper, the firebox and the lining in the chimney. It will provide you with peace of mind that the chimney is clean and your house is safe.
Clean Your Gutters
A build-up can occur in your gutters, especially after all the leaves fall from the trees in autumn and winter. Giving your gutters a thoroughly good clean means that if it should rain, there won’t be any leaks and the water will run freely. If you are doing this yourself, ensure you use a sturdy ladder and are secure when standing on it. Remember to wear protective clothing and gloves. You may need a scoop to get the leaves out if there has been a build-up over the colder months. Alternatively, hiring a professional may be the way to go, especially if you don’t have the equipment to do the job yourself or are concerned about heights.
Paint the Exterior
Now is the time to give the exterior of your property a face-lift. Painting the outside can make all the difference to your home. You may have been deciding on whether you should improve or just move. Doing these chores may help you make that decision after you have seen how your home looks with a lick of paint! If you are doing the work yourself, you will want to prepare the surface before painting. This may take a few days, and you may need to take that in to account if the weather is changeable at present. Inspecting your home from the outside will also help you establish if there are items that require fixing. Having a look at your roof at the same time will let you see if it is also in order. If you do require work on your roof, you can read more here about the types of work you may need to be undertaken.
Clean Outdoor Furniture and Grill
Of course, getting ready for summer also means sitting outside or putting the grill on. Cleaning your outdoor furniture and your grill will allow you to check that all is in working order and give them a good clean ready for when the sun shines!