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Get your new home ready for summer


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.

Arranging the furniture in your new home


Different people take different approaches to arranging furniture in a new home. Some homebuyers are meticulous planners, thinking long and hard about it and even sketching out ideas based on the property floor plan. Others take a more organic approach, waiting until they move in and trying different arrangements to see what setup best suits their new house. In this blog, we’ll give a few hints and tips on what you might want to consider when thinking about furnishing your new home.

First of all, ask yourself practical questions about your space. What activities will be taking place in this room? How many people does the room have to accommodate? If you are, say, a family of four, do you also need to take visitors into account when planning living and dining rooms? Once you’ve thought about the practicalities, you will have a better idea of what furniture you need for each room, whether you are moving pieces from an existing home, buying all new furniture, or somewhere in between. 

If you are so inclined, experimenting with various arrangements in advance can save avoidable hassle after you move into your new home. In the old days, we used to do it by drawing out floor plans and even using little cutouts to try different furniture arrangements. Today, there are various interactive online tools available that make the job much easier. Try out websites like and to experiment with various arrangements for your new house and get a feel for how things will look.

A good interior design tip is to remember the concept of focal points. Focal points in a space may be a natural part of the room’s design – for example, that bay window or fireplace that your eye naturally goes to. Alternatively, you may want to create a focal point, whether that’s the corner of the room where the television will go, a painting in an alcove, or an ornate mirror on a wall. Remember to take the focal point into account when deciding how to orientate the furniture in the room.

As a final tip, beware of creating too big a void in the center of rooms. While some may be inclined to push all the furniture up against the walls to create more space, in reality, this can have the effect of a gaping, uncomfortable void in the middle of the room. Consider moving the furniture away from the walls, or alternatively filling the void with another piece of furniture, such as a coffee table, which can create its own focal point.

So there you have it! We hope that we’ve given you something to think about and that when it comes time to move into your new home you'll find the job of choosing and arranging your furniture in each room of your new house just a little easier.