Summer is really here!Things to Check Off Your List in an Hour or Less
1. Clean porch lights.
If you have glass light fixtures that are easily removed, bring them inside and wash in a dishpan of warm water with gentle soap. If they are must stay in place, turn the power off and carefully wipe the exteriors with a damp microfiber cloth; dry with a soft cloth. When finished, change lightbulbs as needed.
2.Check safety devices.
You need to tested the carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors monthly; replace batteries as needed, and replace the entire device if it is several years old. Also, take a moment to check the expiration date on any fire extinguishers in the house and replace them if needed.
3.Care for furry friends.
Summer poses some unique challenges for our pets, but with a little extra care, you can ensure your furry friends are healthy all season long. More shower is essential to our friends.To keep pets safe in the heat, you should provide access to shade and ample fresh water and never leave pets in a car unattended.
4.Clean windows inside and out.
Keep that summer sunshine streaming in by giving windows a quick rinse with glass cleaner or a vinegar solution, then squeegee them dry or wipe with a clean microfiber cloth. You can take a window-washing hose attachment or telescoping window washer into consideration, if you want to avoid using a ladder outside.
5.Check window screens for holes.
The mosquitoes are out in full force in the whole summer. If you’ve been getting bitten inside the house, check your window screens and screen doors for small holes and tears. Use a screen patching kit from the hardware store to repair any damage, and keep those pesky bugs outdoors where they belong.
6.Refresh summer whites.
Fresh, clean and crisp, nothing says summer quite like white linens. Keep your white textiles looking their best by laundering slipcovers, cushion covers and curtains, or sending them out for dry cleaning if they’re not machine washable. Keep white upholstery and Roman blinds looking fresh by vacuuming them regularly using your vacuum’s upholstery attachment.
Cut down on unnecessary water use by watering your lawn and garden during the cooler, early morning hours. If you water when the sun is high, much of the water will simply evaporate instead of sinking into the soil where the roots can access it — and it can even scorch tender leaves.
8.Check fences and repair or replace as needed.
Inspect fencing and gates around your property. If you find damaged areas (for example, broken boards, sagging areas and soft or rotted wood) schedule repairs or replacement as needed.
9. Add shade to the yard.
Make your backyard more comfortable with an umbrella or shade sail. With ample shady spots to sit, you’ll likely find yourself wanting to spend more time in your outdoor space — and shade is a must for summer backyard parties
10.Keep your home safe while traveling.
Summer is a travelling season. Before you leave on a trip, take some time to put safety precautions in place. Let your neighbors know when you will be away and ask a friend to check on your house from time to time. Motion-sensing exterior lighting, timed interior lighting and well-trimmed hedges can make your home a less appealing target for break-ins.>