With the warm weather fast approaching, it’s time to get your home sorted and ready for the summer. The last thing you want is to leave it too late and your home to feel uncomfortable and unorganised. From maintaining and improving your outside spaces, to getting your air conditioning up to scratch ahead of time, there are numerous things you can do to improve your home.
In this article we explore some of the quick (and much-needed) fixes so you can enjoy the sunny season without having to worry. Keep on reading to find out more and what you can do.
How to Create a Relaxing, Summer-Ready Home
1. Take a look at your air conditioning unit
When it comes to the summer months, one of the most important things you need to do is sort out your air conditioning unit. Once the hot temperatures hit and the days and particularly the nights become unbearable, you’ll be so grateful you got it organised early.
If you have an older unit, be sure to call someone out to check it thoroughly and give it a full service. It might be that you need it replaced or some repairs need doing as it hasn’t been used in a while.
If you live in an apartment or other form of house whereby you’ve been told you can’t have an air con as an external condenser is needed, it’s a good idea to look into Water air conditioning. This is energy efficient, requires less maintenance and is also compact, making it perfect for properties where there isn’t as much space.
2. Switch up your accessories
Accessories help to make a house a home and you want to ensure you switch up your winter ones for summer ones to help you get into the spirit of the season.
Replace cushion covers for those that are lighter in colour and more lightweight. Switch up your throw from something heavy, to something more supple, and why not play around with the scents in your home too? Candles and reed diffusers with winter smells such as berries and tobacco can be changed for those that are more floral, sweet and delicate.
Doing these subtle changes can help your house to feel brighter, more airy and an ideal place to spend time during the warmer months.
Don’t forget your plants might need more watering during the summer too, read up their care instructions to ensure they don’t fall foul of the heat and end up dying on you!
3. Sort out those niggly jobs around the house
The time just before summer is ideal for getting those niggly jobs around the house done. Once the weather changes and is much warmer, it can feel like a struggle to get the effort to complete these things.
If you have issues such as cupboard doors being loose, drawer-fronts needing repainting, or handles missing, now is the optimum time to tick them all off your list.
Not only will you feel much better when it’s done, but you can sit back and relax during the summer and will be grateful you completed the jobs now!
4. Insulate and seal things such as your doors and windows
Whether you have an air con unit or not, it’s important you make your home as energy efficient as possible.
To help with this, ensure your home insulation is up to scratch and things such as doors and windows are well sealed and protected. This means once you’ve got the house to the ideal temperature it should stay this way for a while.
The last thing you want is to spend money on your air con unit to cool your home down and all that lovely cool air keeps escaping through gaps in the walls.
Keeping curtains and blinds shut during the day is another effective way to keep the heat out and temperatures down.
5. Sort out your outside space
Once the summer rolls around, you’re going to want to make the most of any outdoor space you might have. Whether this is a balcony or a garden, when the sun shines, there’s nothing like making the most of it by sitting outside. As with the jobs around the home, sorting out your outside space should be a priority before the summer comes.
You want to give it a good clean, repaint anything that needs it and turn your focus to the flowers. Dust off your lawnmower to get your grass in check and also take a look at any other outside equipment such as a hot tub or BBQ to ensure it’s all in top working order.
If you’re hosting, you don’t want to get everything out for the first time and not be able to use it as it needs a replacement part for example. By being ready ahead of time you avoid any potential mishaps that might occur.
6. Have a big declutter
There’s nothing quite like a big declutter to see in a new season. When you’ve spent a lot of time inside and at home over the winter months, you’ve likely accumulated a lot of items around the house that might not be necessary.
Take the time to go through and get rid of items you don’t need by sending them to a charity shop or to be recycled. Items such as clothes can also be sold on sites like Vinted or Depop and can be a great way to get a bit of extra cash in.
Clean your curtains and blinds and also wash your windows and doors to make the most of any natural light, allowing it to flow in and really improve the overall ambience of your home.
These are just a few things you can do in order to get your home ready for summer. By being prepared now, you have plenty of time to get sorted before trying to get everything organised in the scorching heat.
Have you got your home ready for the warmer season yet? Or are you planning to soon? Let us know some of your top tips!
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