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How to prepare your home for summer

Updated on May 17, 2008

Hi gamergirl,

Well, off the top of my head would be to make sure all your windows are in good repair, screens, etc. Other things to check:

Put away all fall/winter things

Check roof (for leaks)

AC (working properly, cleaned)

Clean all gutters

Lawn/gardening equipment (in working order? need replacing?)

Garden hose (working? need replacement?)

Wash all windows, screens

Wash all bedding, curtains, hang to dry for a nice fresh air smell

Screen doors (in good shape?)

Porch, deck (need paint? stain? repair?)

Pool (maintenance, equipment, chemicals)

Buy outdoor games if you don't have any (badminton, volley ball/net)

Check/buy hildren's play equipment (swing set, trampoline, etc) (if you have kids)

Clean out garage (if applicable)

While cleaning you house, think about things to sell for a yard sale, put aside

I think this is all I can think of at the moment :)



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    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Hi jyoti,

      Actually, I did think of a few more things, and that is to go through your cleaning supplies/paints/chemicals.  Make sure they are not outdated. If they are dispose of them properly. Keep the good items, and store them in a cool dry place AWAY from chiildren. 

      Install safety latches on cupboards, and put in electrical outlet covers on outlets not in use. 

      Check all electrical equipment/appliances for wire safety, make sure it is not frayed/dried out.  Replace where necessary. 

      It's also important to keep a survival kit in an accessible location in case of evacuations.  Keep vital papers in a fireproof box and keep accessible if you need to evacuate.  I suppose if I think harder there are even more I could come up with.

      Thanks so much for stopping by :)


    • JYOTI KOTHARI profile image

      Jyoti Kothari 

      10 years ago from Jaipur


      Not forgotten anything.

      jyoti kothari

    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      LOL, you're absolutely right Ryan! and go whale watching :)

      Thanks for stopping by!


    • RyanRE profile image


      10 years ago from Bellingham, WA

      You forgot to add "Have fun and play in the sun when you are all done." to that list :D

    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      Hi Marisue,

      Very tragic, and sadly, I don't think enough people realize how deadly a situation they put themselves in, because you just never know. What's even sadder is how inexpensive it is to have those items in place.

      Thanks for writing,


    • marisuewrites profile image


      10 years ago from USA

      that's right...years ago, in Oklahoma, down the street from us, a whole family passed away --- carbon monoxide it was the most shocking thing.

      see u next hub patty, Marisue

    • trish1048 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago

      hi Marisue,

      Good points. Also might want to think about carbon monoxide and smoke alarms, if you already have them, check the batteries (good idea no matter what the season).

      My hubby would have liked the 'beer' idea, he'd be right on it! lol

      thanks for commenting,


    • marisuewrites profile image


      10 years ago from USA

      Check doors for weather stripping needs; if you can see daylight - air is there. No space around the door in this case is good.

      Boric acid is good to keep on hand for insects; bugs, etc. (A big issue here in Florida where bugs are scarey and big and ugly.)

      and my husband just said to check your ice chest (coolers) for cracks on the you can keep the beer cold. HE THINKS HE'S FUNNY.

      lol Marisue


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