Summer is the best time to be outdoors and embrace the warm weather. Now that the season has come, it is the perfect chance to get some work done around the house to further enjoy the sunshine. With just a few weekends' worth of improvements, these tips can help get your home ready for the rest of the year.

Perfect Patio

Keep Cool:

With higher temperatures comes higher electricity bills, so an efficient air condition system should be the top priority. If you haven’t had your air conditioning checked in the spring, do it as soon as possible because summer is a busy time for repairmen. Ceiling fans is also an energy-efficient alternative to staying cool indoors. Dust them if needed and balance any wobbly blades by tightening loose screws.

BBQ Season:

Among the greatest things about summer are patio barbeques with loved ones. To be ready for the festivities, make sure to keep your outdoor cookers clean:

- For gas grills, turn the heat up to high and let it cook with the lid closed for about half an hour. Allow the grill to cool and then brush it off with a grill brush. Wipe down the exterior with a damp sponge and a gentle cleanser. Clean the grill’s drip pans.

- For charcoal grills, completely empty the grill and wipe out any ashy residue. Then clean it inside and out with hot water and soap. Let the grill dry before using it again.

Perfect Patio:

Well-tended landscaping and a trim and tidy house are as welcoming to guests as the smells of a barbeque. Garden beds look their best when mulched and weeded. Summer annuals can be induced to produce more flowers and bloom longer when you deadhead them. Check garden plants, trees, and shrubs for insect infestations and remove any unhealthy plants so that others may thrive in its place.

The Grass is Greener on Your Side:

Although having a lush green lawn is desirable, it is not always realistic or water-efficient. Regular mowing should maintain healthy grass growth, but remember: Keeping grass cut longer in the summer months will prevent roots from drying out as quickly. Also, grass and plants should be watered in the morning to allow the water to soak through the soil throughout the day in order to completely nourish their root systems.

Pool Maintenance

Lucky for us in Santa Barbara, we can hit the pool all year round. However, for most, it’s probably been a good six months since your pool has been used for swimming. Get it ready for summer by cleaning it up, leveling the water, ensuring the pumps are working and balancing your chemicals. Ideally, you should start at least a week prior to swim season to ensure that the water and your new bathing suit are safe from chemical harm.

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