• Get Your Home Ready for Summer

Spring into action and complete maintenance work this spring, so come summer, you can sit back, relax and enjoy a hot dog on the grill at your perfect barbecue. Use this checklist to give your home a smooth transition with the change in seasons.

Wash your home’s exterior
Depending on the siding you have, power-washing can potentially do harm. In most cases, a garden hose & a cleaning wand attachment is all you need. Remember to tarp your plants and shrubs!


Clean your deck or patio
After cleaning a wooden deck remember to treat the wood, stain & seal it once everything is dry. Most patio furniture can be freshened up with an all-purpose cleaner. On furniture cushions you can use soap, water & a soft bristle brush.


Tend the garden
Lay down mulch to protect your plants from a drought, boost their growth & give a finished look to your yard.


Air out your home’s interior
Open all the windows & run the air conditioning on low to rid your home of any winter mustiness.


Swap out wintery decor
Swap out your dark linens for a lighter look. Make the inside of your home look & feel like it’s ready for summer!


Add a fresh coat of paint
Notice any chipping or peeling exterior paint? Consider a touch-up. If you hire a professional, you’ll want the work done in the spring so it’s ready by mid-summer.




Planning the Perfect Summer Party

The When:

  • Holiday weekends are great, but keep in mind, guests might already be going to another party, so send invites early!
  • Consider posting a poll on social media to find a date that works best for your friends.

The Who:

  • Send invitations via social media, email or mail.
  • Will you keep it small or go all out?
  • Confirm attendance with guests a few weeks before to determine the amount of food and drinks you’ll need.

The Menu:  Determine what food you’ll serve and how you’ll prepare it. Choose one or a combination of these options:

  • Cook on your own
  • Host a potluck
  • Hire a caterer

The Venue:

  • Make sure the patio or party space is refreshed!
  • Update or polish up old furniture.
  • Consider adding fun amenities like string lights or a fire pit.

The Entertainment: Try these fun party activities for kids (and adults) of all ages:

  • Frisbee toss
  • Volleyball
  • Water balloon toss
  • Hula hoops

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