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5 Ways To Prep Your Home for the Summer

Making sure you prepare your house for pests and summer storms is the best way to ensure you spend your summer doing what you want to do, rather than trying to fix preventable problems.

13/05/2019

Spring is a reminder that summer is fast approaching, and often the time when people start making their summertime plans. Whether you're organizing a much-needed holiday or hitting the gym to work on that beach body, you put a lot of work towards making sure everything is ready for summer. So why not prep your home while you're at it?

Making sure you prepare your house for pests and summer storms is the best way to ensure you spend your summer doing what you want to do, rather than trying to fix preventable problems.

So, to help motivate you to tackle your summer home to-do list, we've come up with a guide of 5 ways to prep your home for the summer. Now that the weather's heating up, make sure you have our tips handy so you'll have more time for swimming, grilling, and relaxing.

1. Stop water damage before it happens

When the weather is hot and dry, summer showers are a welcome relief. But sometimes intense storms and heavy rainfall can cause unexpected damage to your home if you aren't careful.

Before the weather changes and the first storm rolls in, make the necessary precautions to protect your home from costly water damage. Perform an inspection of your roof, windows, gutters, foundations, doors, as well as anywhere there is trim to make sure there are no cracks where water can leak through.

2. Prune shrubbery and trees

Spring is the perfect time to trim the greenery around your home before it gets too hot outside. When you prune, cut back tree limbs, shrubs, and larger plants that touch your house. Overhanging branches can damage your siding and roof during strong winds and downpours.

Another benefit of pruning is that the ground in your yard will be exposed to more sunlight and dry faster after a storm, which prevents standing water, which is a breeding ground for annoying bugs and pests.

3. Check your seasonal equipment and appliances

Nothing is worse than getting ready to crank your air conditioner on a hot afternoon, only to have it sputter and break down before it cools the house. Make sure you don't run into this problem at the worst possible time by performing some preventative maintenance on all of your summer appliances and equipment.

You will want to inspect your air conditioning unit, hot water tank, lawn mower and other landscaping equipment. And don't forget your grill: make sure the cold weather didn't warp or damage anything during the winter months.

4. Prevent pests from making your home their home

It might feel like an uphill battle keeping mosquitos, flies, and other pests out of your home during the summer, but taking the right steps before the weather warms up will help you manage any pest problem that arises.

Checking that your home is adequately sealed as mentioned in tip 2 and pruning your greenery in tip 3 are two ways to keep bugs from invading. Other measures you can take include spraying your home's exterior with insecticides or another bug barrier of your choice, checking screen doors and windows for tears, and looking in warm spots in your house such as under the sink where nests hide. If necessary, call a professional to help.

5. Get your home organized

Going into summer with a clean, organized home will make you feel great, and taking care of your spring cleaning will give you more time during the warm months to relax.

So before it heats up, take some time to go through each room in your home, as well as your garage and shed. If you are tight on space, consider moving things like holiday decorations, winter coats, and other seasonal items to self-storage.

Companies like Storage Vault have several options for any budget and provide a safe, climate-controlled space for you to keep things you only use during a couple of months out of the year. You'll love how good it feels to have more room in your home and enjoy the peace of mind that your belongings are in a secure place.

Storage Vault has self-storage options available across Scotland, so no matter where you live, it's easy to find a store near you. They even have all the packing materials you need, all in one place. Make more room for fun this summer by renting a unit for your off-season belongings.

Last but not least

Now that you know what you should do to ensure your home is summer-ready, you can take care of the most important thing: getting to enjoy yourself without worrying about issues such as water damage, pests, or broken lawn equipment. Once you knock out our to-do list, you can sit back and relax knowing both you and your home are ready for the holiday.

 

 

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