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Your July Home

JulyThis isn’t the kind of house work that will interrupt your summertime fun…it’s more like some consistent daily maintenance that will help your home feel some love without too much blood, sweat, and tears.

Quick and Easy

Clean Porch Lights. Outside “living” is big in the summer so now more than ever your outdoor space should be in tip-top shape. One small detail that gets overlooked frequently is the glass covering your porch, and garage lights. But look closely…they get dirty and buggy. Remove the glass carefully, and wash with warm water and soap. Or if they are not removable, wipe them down with a soft cloth.

Check Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Detectors. Test the functionality this month and replace either the batteries or the entire device if need be or if it is older than 10 years old.

Plan for Pets. This one is simple: treat your pets like family! Make sure they have access to shade and fresh water when they’re outdoors in the summer heat. Never leave them in a hot car, and make sure they’re being taken care of while your family is away from home. See, simple.

Weekend Work

Window Washing. We waited too long for that summer sun to let it stream in through streaky windows. Spray the glass with glass clean and then wipe them dry. Take the proper safety precautions if you want to clean the windows on the top floor, or hire a company to help you out. 

Repair Screens. With summer, comes the mosquitoes. And the flies. And the ants. And all of the bugs! To prevent unauthorized and unwanted visitors from entering your home a great preventative measure is checking your window screens and patching the holes.

Land Maintenance. Water your lawn and garden early in the morning when it is cooler. If it is too hot when you water, the water won’t even make it into the soil and roots…it will just evaporate, and poof! Your greenery is still thirsty!
On the flip side, if you live in a place with a very dry climate then it’s important during this very hot month to remove any weeds, leaves, pine needles and other items that would unsafe in a fire especially so close to your home.  

Prepping for Guests. Are you expecting guests this summer? Below, a cheat sheet for what they may need so you can be as prepared as you possibly can be: Sundown Futon

  • Fresh sheets.
  • Fresh towels.
  • Bottles of water.
  • New, travel sized toiletries.
  • Consider a futon, or day bed, if multiple people are sleeping in the same room…especially if there are kids.

 

Extras That You May Need

Repair/Replace (Fencing and Gates). May be a little bit more expensive than patching up a screen door, but worth it if you find a broken gate latch, rotting wood, broken boards, or other damaged spots.

Secure the Pool. If you’re one of those lucky people that have a pool then you also carry a large responsibility. Make sure there’s a tall fence surrounding the pool, and make sure there’s a cover securely over the pool when it’s not in use. And most importantly, everyone should learn, and know, how to swim.  

Umbrella/Pool

Make the Shade. Is your yard all sunshine all of the time? Create your own shade! Post an umbrella or two or three, in the yard or on the deck so you can have your pick of shady spots when you want to keep cool but still be outside.  

Even When You’re Away…You may be leaving for just a long weekend, or for a long vacation, but it’s important to keep your home safe and sound no matter how long you’re going to be gone.

  • Tell your trusted neighbors and let someone who doesn’t live in your neighborhood that you’ll be gone and to look in on your house every now and then.
  • Lighting can put your mind at ease, and outsiders away. Look into motion-sensing exterior lighting, timed interior lighting and, surprisingly, well-maintained landscaping can make it look like someone is home.
  • Have your mail and newspapers held for you while you’re away.

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Lauren is a professional copywriter at American Freight Furniture and Mattress. She enjoys spending time with her family, decorating (and then redecorating) her home, and spending time wherever there are shelves of books!