Spring has sprung and summer is right around the corner. Now is a good time to spring in to action and get a ahead start on your summer home needs. Taking steps now to ensure your home is ready for the summer means less time working on your home or garden and more time enjoying the weather. There are several things homeowners can do now that will better prepare them for the season. Below are a few suggestions.

Prune your trees:
The most obvious things that you can start on now are preparations to your yard and garden. While the growing season is just getting started, now is a good time to prune your trees while the leaves have yet to come in. Pruning over grown branches that are starting to encroach on your home or neighbor’s yard is a lot easier when you can see the branches that need cutting. Plus, if you decide to use a professional, many lawn and garden businesses will be cheaper during the colder, slower months.

Start to plan the layout of your garden:
While it may still be too cold to start planting, now is a good time to map and plan what and where you are going to plant. Pay close attention to what parts of your yard get a lot of sunlight and what parts are shaded during the day. This will help you when determining what types of flora you should plant. Digging holes where needed or building planters now will save you time when the weather is right for planting.

Clean your windows:
Cleaning your windows now, especially the hard to reach ones, will provide you with the opportunity to check for cracks and damage that may have occurred during the stormy months. Replacing worn out weather stripping will save you money on heating and cooling down the road. Also check your screens for damage to so you don’t have to deal with unwanted house guests when the insects start to hatch.

Check your air vents:
Depending on what part of the country you are in, the summers can get very hot and the air-condition will be your savior. That is why it is important to check all the vents and clean up the debris that has accumulated. Test every thing to make sure it’s working. Its also not a bad idea to open all your windows and run the fans to circulate air in your house that may have become stagnant.

Check the exterior of your house:
If you have siding check it for sections that may have blown off or been damaged during winter storms. If you have paint check for areas that are cracking or spots that may need new caulking. If you have wood siding or a wood patio check for water damage.

Check your outdoor utilities:
Sometimes hoses or outdoor outlets may need to be replaced and it’s better to do it now than wait to find out when you go to fill the pool or plug in a radio. Now is a good time to cheek for defects in you swimming pool too.

Taking a little time out now to get a jump on your summer choirs will save you time and could ultimately save you money, leaving you free to BBQ or lay around in your hammock more!

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