5 Tips for Getting Your Home Ready for Summer

Planning on hosting some epic parties this Summer? Yeah, we are, too.

(By the way, if you haven’t RSVPd to our exclusive White Party yet, you should while there’s still time.)

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Here are a few things you can do to get your home ready for those amazing shindigs this Summer.

1. Plant new shrubs/flowers

A flower garden enhances your outdoor surroundings and helps to create a great first impression for anyone visiting your home. Planting flowers is a cost-effective and simple way that can make a huge difference in your home’s appearance.

Finding the right place for your plants will depend on your home’s setup. If you have a front porch, like a lot of homes in Seminole Heights, potted plants can do well on the front steps. You can also have them planted on the sidewalk or along the driveway. If you have an existing garden, get it into shape by pruning, pulling weeds, and adding new mulch to restore color for a more appealing visual impact.

2. Pressure wash your driveway

Your drive way can build up a large amount of dirt, debris, oil, and other grime from your yard, cars, and normal use decreasing your home’s curb appeal. Algae buildup is especially common from the consistent rain and humid weather during the Spring and Summer here in Tampa Bay (and Fall and Winter… after all, it’s Florida). Rather than using chemical cleaners that lead to your driveway’s permanent damage, pressure washing is considered a better option for removing stains, dirt and algae in the shortest time possible. Pressure washing is ideal for use during the summer as higher temperatures facilitate algae growth making it visible for easier removal. Contact a pressure washing company to take care of your driveway and other concrete areas to increase your property’s look and value. Or, for a quick DIY, rent a pressure washer from your local hardware store and knock it out yourself. Just be ready to invest anywhere from 4 to 8 hours to do the job right.

3. Tidy up and kid-proof your pool

The pool in your back yard is the focal point of every summer day as it provides reprieve from the scorching heat, and is an excellent way to entertain friends and family. Pool maintenance and safety is one of the biggest concerns for buyers looking at homes with pools. Spruce up your pool and deck and have it looking as pristine as possible.

Once you get the cover off, focus on getting your filter system up and running and make sure it keeps running until your pool is clear. Check closely for stains in the pool that can be removed with a stain sock or a stain master tool. Consider putting pool barriers like pool fences or safety covers and clear the pool deck of anything that might cause someone to trip or fall, especially if children are present.

4. Clean your BBQ grill or get a new one

Give your outdoor barbecue grill a deep clean before you begin your party planning. Remove any parts that can be disconnected from the grill and scrub them with hot water and detergent. Using a grill brush, scrub the underside of the hood and if your grill has a cabinet, sweep out any leaves or debris with a whisk broom.

Once all parts have been cleaned, dried and reassembled, ensure all components are reconnected correctly and heat the grill for about 10 minutes, before it cools fully. You can now start enjoying a better tasting burger with your family and friends.

5. Stock up on Summer items for your home

It’s time to get your home ready with some of the summer must-haves. Summer and sunscreen go hand and hand, so stocking up on the right SPF is essential. Always protect your hair and skin from sun damage by getting some safe, non-toxic and chemical-free sunscreens that actually performs. Besides this, you need some sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV rays. Other items like reusable water bottles, flip flops, vests, and disposable dishware are just as important for your summer collection.

Whatever you have going on this summer, tips like these will help put the finishing touches on your home, so your guests are extra impressed. And, if you’re considering selling your home in the near future, these ideas can also add value to your home while also making it more marketable to potential buyers.