10 summer home hacks that will brighten up your property
Summertime is for relaxing and unwinding.
But before you sit back and kick up your feet, you have to make sure your home is summertime ready. After all, it’s hard to relax in your backyard hammock with a good beach book if there’s a list of home maintenance chores floating around in your head.
Here’s a list of 10 home hacks that will freshen up your space for summer and help you relax and enjoy the warmth and sunshine—guilt free.
Home hacks to lighten up your interior
1. Decorate for the season.
Interiors can be made “summery” by swapping out heavy throws and dark pillows for lighter fabrics in either beachy neutrals or happy prints and bright colors. In the bedroom, put the duvet away and opt for a lightweight quilt or blanket. Replace candles with vases of flowers and plants or baskets of fresh citrus from the farmer’s market. It’s also a good time to reorganize and arrange your furniture and art work.
2. Let the sunshine in.
Sparkling clean windows and fresh breezy window treatments are summertime essentials. Thoroughly washing your screens and windows—inside and out—gets all the bugs and dirt that have accumulated over the winter months. Make your own window cleaning solution with two parts water, one part soap and one part vinegar, and use crumpled up newspaper to avoid streaks. While you’re at it, be sure to check your windows’ caulk, weather stripping, and latches.
3. Keeping cool.
Turn your ceiling fan counter-clockwise (fan blades should be tilted upward as they spin) to push air downward and create a stronger draft. Replace your air conditioner’s filter or, if needed, have your HVAC system professionally serviced and cleaned.
Home hacks to make the most of the outdoors
4. The grass is greener.
To get a yard the neighbors will envy, weed and mulch your flower beds, fertilize and reseed your lawn, and trim shrubs and trees. Also, consider some of these lawn hacks from Parade Magazine, including DIY weed killer of vinegar, salt, and dish soap.
5. Keep unwanted guests away.
While you’re sprucing up the garden, you could consider planting lavender, basil, lemon, thyme, or any other number of herbs that home hacker extraordinaire, Bob Vila, says will keep outdoor pests away. Lifehacker.com offers a mosquito-repelling lemon and eucalyptus oil recipe, and suggests used coffee grounds as an ant deterrent.
6. Update your paint.
Paint isn’t just for looks. It also protects the underlying wood from water and other natural elements. To keep wood from being vulnerable to mold or rot, touch up any chipping or peeling paint on your doors or siding. The Family Handyman website has some painting hacks to make the job a bit easier.
7. Look up.
Inspect your roof to ensure it’s clean and free of debris. A few things to look for:
- Missing or broken shingles
- Moss, mildew, or mold
- Ventilation problems
- Ripples, blisters, or buckling
- Drooping or missing drip edges
- Interior leaks
8. Cleaning gutters.
While you have the ladder out, you might as well grab the gloves and clean the gutters. There are a lot of tools and hacks out there to help you out, including this Orbit Telescoping Gutter Cleaning Wand with Ratcheting Head for $20 on Amazon. Bob Vila has “3 wacky” hacks, including putting a ShopVac into service.
9. Spruce up the patio.
In the summertime, the deck, porch, or patio is an outdoor extension of your indoor living space, so you want the area to be clean, comfortable, and functional. The first step is giving your outdoor furniture a good scrubbing. Most furniture can be tackled with soapy water, a scrub brush, a hose, and some elbow grease. Oprah has more specific suggestions for just about every type of outdoor furniture material. After cleaning and arranging your furniture, consider adding accent pieces, including an outdoor rug or umbrella in a modern print, some colorful cushions or potted plants, and plenty of outdoor lighting.
10. Get grill ready.
Baked-on food, caked-on grease, grime of unknown origin—it’s time to muscle up and give your barbecue a deep clean. Sears Home Services suggests using aluminum foil, vinegar, and even coffee and an onion to clean your grill. Or you could use oven cleaner and hose the mess away. Either way, once the grill is clean, wipe the grates with a thin layer of cooking oil between uses.
Ready to summer-ize your home?
Interior and exterior updates are all great ways to improve the feel and function of your home while allowing you to enjoy more warm weather and time in the sunshine.
Long Roofing is here to help you make the most of your home improvements this year. If your roof, windows, siding, or doors need some summer love, call us today at (866) 276-9640 for a free estimate on a roof replacement.