Get your new home ready for summer

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Summer is just round the corner and with it comes a season that can mean sunshine, barbecues and entertaining guests. But is your new homeready for the coming season – especially if it is your first summer in a new house? Here are a few chores that it can be helpful to do in advance to get your home ready for the season, so that when summer does arrive, you can just kick back and relax!

1.     Prepare for rain– We’re starting with a less obvious one, but in some states summer is as likely to bring heavy rain as it is sunshine, and it’s important to make sure your new home is prepared. Check for any damage to gutters and downspouts, and ensure your gutters are clear of leaves, debris or anything else that might prevent rainwater from flowing freely.

2.     Get your yard ready for outdoor living– Check and clean any outdoor furniture that needs attention. Summer is also barbecue season, so make sure to clean your grill and ensure your propane tanks are full, or that you have a sufficient supply of charcoal.

3.     Check your decking– Wood decks can be susceptible to damage over the winter, from snow, ice and cold temperatures, even if you’re in a new home. First you’ll want to clean your deck with a brush and a low-pressure hose or washer; high pressure has the potential to damage the wood. Inspect the deck for splinters, raised fibers or cracks. If necessary, sand the deck down and re-stain or reseal.

4.     Inspect your HVAC system– If you’re expecting a warm summer (and bear in mind that the last three years have been the hottest on record) then you’ll want to know that your air conditioning is up to the job. Check and clean away any leaves or other debris on the outside compressor, and make sure the air filters are cleaned or replaced as appropriate.

5.     Attend to your greenery– Time to apply the old green thumb: trim your shrubs and fertilize your lawn. Get out your hoses and make sure both hoses and nozzles are in good repair; replace any that seem problematic. If your lawn has a sprinkler system, it’s also a good time to check that it’s in good working order.

There you have it. This list is by no means exhaustive, but these five tips will help you to ensure that when summer is in full swing, you will be able enjoy your new homeand yard, whether that’s just you and your family or if you are entertaining guests.