There’s no time like summertime to take care of the Honey Do List.
Now that the weather is warmer, there are all sorts of little things you can do to spruce up your home.
Let’s start on the exterior. Touching up the house paint always makes your home look better. If the spare paint can has hardened and you can’t read the color check in with your local paint store. They having amazing machines that can tell you the exact color with only a small sample or are more than happy to send a paint expert to your home.
Next, window washing from the outside. This is one of those jobs that doesn’t happen very often. It might take some elbow grease and 3 or 4 buckets of hot, soapy water to get off the grime. Use a hose to rinse and top it off with some window cleaner and paper towels and you will have sparkling clean windows.
Washing those dirty windows won’t make much of a difference if you don’t clean your screens. While the screens are off so that you can wash the windows, gently scrub them with hot soapy water, too. If the screens are too filthy to be cleaned or are no longer keeping out the bugs, you may just want to replace them.
Check all your outside and inside hoses for winter storm and freeze damage. We hate it when we turn on the hose and get sprayed in the face. Or maybe a pipe has cracked in the basement and only a little water is seeping out but it’s enough to bring about a mold problem.
Another great summer project is to thoroughly clean your driveway and sidewalks. The key to deep cleaning is a pressure washer. You can make the area around your home look brand new with a few hours of washing and a couple of gallons of water. Just be careful of all the new spring plants your wife has decorated the walkways and porches with!
Let’s move inside. Summer is the time to reverse the direction of your ceiling fans. You want fans to turn clock-wise in the summer to create a nice breeze. To do this, shut off the fan and wait for the blades to stop spinning. Use a sturdy ladder or step stool to locate the direction switch, this will probably be on the side of the fan above the blades. Before you turn the fan back to on, clean the fan or dust bunnies will be flying everywhere.
If your AC is running full out clean your filter every few weeks. This will help keep your bill down and your house cooler. You can clean the filter by washing with warm water or vacuuming it. Some of the newer models have a built in self-cleaning function.