Prepping Your Home for the Summer

Prepping Your Home for the Summer

It's that time of year again when the kids are out of school and the temperature rises. Don't spend the summer sweating, especially if you're afraid of receiving absurdly high energy bills. Have you heard of the term "winterising your home"? Consider these methods to summer-proof your home and lower your utility bills.

Get organised

Get organised

There is a purpose for spring cleaning. After a long winter, it's a good time to deep clean everything. When you're moving things around to clean, it's also a good time to get organised.

Take a few minutes on the next rainy day to get rid of some of your excess belongings. Having less allows you to put everything in its proper place, which aids in getting and staying organized. I know that not having a designated spot for a lot of items was one of the most difficult challenges you can face. This made it far too easy for things to become and remain cluttered.

Sort it into different piles: one to give away, one to sell, and one to throw away. Those that don’t make it to any of the piles are the ones that will stay and would need to be organised. 

Stock up on essentials

Stock up on essentials 

Even if it's a small gathering, you'll most likely be hosting a party or event at your home. Make sure to stock up on all the necessities before summer arrives: paper towels, paper plates, plastic cutlery, cleaning supplies, batteries, and toilet paper.

If you’re not into parties and events, stock up on essentials for yourself. Make sure that you have enough food, toiletries, and other essentials that can last you for weeks, even months for the non-perishables. Summer sales are to be expected so take advantage of those.

Invite in summer indoors

Invite in summer indoors

Another thing to do to prepare your home for the summer is to bring the outside in. This is accomplished by owning a few new indoor plants, establishing a small herb garden in your kitchen, or cutting a few blooms from the garden to style the coffee table.

Having large windows also help in letting the natural sunlight into your home.

Do preventive maintenance

Do preventive maintenance 

These may be the least enjoyable items on your "get-ready-for-summer" checklist, but they may also be the most important.

Take time now to inspect the following:

  • Air-conditioning unit(s)
  • Lawn equipment
  • Hot water tank
  • Outdoor grills/fire pits

Prevention is better than cure as the good old saying goes, so to avoid further expenses in case something breaks down in the future, better to schedule a preventive maintenance.

Prepare for the wet season

Prepare for the wet season

It is especially important to double-check items you haven't used since the winter to ensure they're still in good working order. We've all experienced how inconvenient it is to have our air conditioning break down on the hottest summer day. Prevent as much as possible, and then plan ahead in case of a problem. In these days of uncertainties, it is best to have back-up plans.

Summer is also the best time to inspect the exteriors of the house including the rain gutters, deck, garage, and other areas. The longer daylight during the summer months will give you opportunities to get more things done and inspected.

With summer fast approaching, you may be thinking about ways to get your home ready for the season. Interior designers can help you find the ideal solutions to make sure that your space looks and feels its best for the hot months ahead. They understand how to maximise comfort and energy efficiency while bringing out the most in your interior design. From selecting airy window treatments to picking light and bright paint colors, they can help you create a cheery and inviting atmosphere without breaking the budget. Let an interior designer take the guesswork out of summer home preparation, so that all you have to do is relax and enjoy!