Preparing Your Home for Summer

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Cold weather can take a toll on any home, so here are a few things you can do in your spare time to begin to get your home ready for Summer.

 

Clean the walkway
Pressure-wash the walkway, then replace damaged pavers or bricks, or just flip them over.

 

Spruce up the front door
Probe the weather stripping around the door with a screwdriver and caulk any post-winter gaps before tightening hinges that may have come loose due to shifts in temperature.

Tidy up the flower beds
Clear out weeds and use a spade to redefine bed edges. Till the top inch or two of soil if it’s tightly packed, being careful not to disturb any bulbs below. Apply 2 to 3 inches of mulch.

 

De-gunk the birdbath
Empty the bath and fill it with warm water and ¼ cup of chlorine bleach. (Bleach is safe if you rinse thoroughly, but you can also swap it for 1 cup of white vinegar.) Cover the bath with a tarp or plastic bag, and let the solution soak for 30 minutes before scrubbing and rinsing.

 

Clear out the gutters
Clean leaves and debris from your gutters. The next time it rains, stand outside and look for breaks or leaks in your gutters and downspouts.  Clogged gutters can cause a roof to leak.

 

These little jobs are easy to get done during a your free time on a Saturday, when its Sunny!