The longer days and warmer temperatures are all signals that summer has arrived. If you haven’t already, now is the time to make sure that your home is properly prepared for the season. As the premier real estate agent for Brea homes for sale, I would like to offer you the following tips on how to get your home summer ready.
Service your Air Conditioning Unit
Nothing will ruin your summer quicker than a broken AC unit. Make sure to keep it running smoothly by getting it serviced regularly. Every three months, make sure to:
- Change the air filter.
- Flush out the drain lines with a cup of bleach.
- Trim back all outside vegetation such as shrubs to ensure that the outdoor unit has room to breathe.
Rotate Ceiling Fans
Make sure that all your ceiling fans are spinning counterclockwise, so that air is being pushed down and not up.
Upgrade your Thermostat
A “smart” thermostat will do more than just save you money on your monthly power bills. A “smart” thermostat can also divert cold air into occupied rooms and can be programmed to provide cool air only when you are home or at peak times of the day.
Pay Attention to your Yard
It is never a bad idea to reseed your lawn, especially before the hot summer weather begins. A properly seeded lawn will prevent weeds from growing and add one less summer chore to your list. Make sure to add a thin layer of topsoil and water your lawn for the first few weeks.
After last year’s wildfires, it is a good idea to remove all debris from not only your yard, but also from your downspouts and gutters. While you are on the ladder, take the time to inspect your roof and caulk, patch or repair any holes or damaged parts of your eavestroughs.
Get your Lawnmower in Working Order
Like it or not, one of the sure signs of summer is the fact that you are going to need to mow your lawn. Make sure that your lawnmower, trimmers and all your other summer tools are in good working order. When it comes to your lawnmower make sure to:
- Remove and replace the spark plug, if necessary.
- Replace or clean the air filter.
- Sharpen the mower blade.
- Change the oil.
Check your Grill
To prevent flare-ups or fires, take the time to inspect your BBQ and give your grill a good cleaning. This is also the time to top up your propane tank, and change or replace any broken or damaged parts.
This quick list of guidelines should have your home summer ready in no time at all. By properly preparing your home, you should be able to enjoy all the perks of the season without any of the extra work. If you would like to know more about getting ready for the season or are interested in some of the new, exciting summer listings in Brea, please contact me today.