With summer approaching in most of the northern hemisphere, it’s that time of year that we begin altering our home ready for outdoor social events and late-evening dinners. In this article, we will take a look at five ways to prepare our homes ready for the summer season!

Outdoor seating

First and foremost, if we’re going to be spending more time outside, we will want outdoor tables. When temperatures rise and the sun shines, we naturally want to be in the garden. If you don’t have a backyard - perhaps because you live in a flat - then perhaps consider getting an outdoor chair for the front garden, or anywhere with a bit of communal space.

When deciding on tables and chairs, glass and metal can look great if you have a modern home - though these will rust faster. Wood can go really nicely with slightly older Victorian homes, and of course, plastic is the most durable.

Paint the exterior

Painting the home can be a big task - and usually something you should outsource if it needs scaffolding. However, summer is a great time to do it because the warmer, dryer evenings will allow the paint to dry more effectively - and the painter will be in better working conditions.

Of course, given you’re outdoors more in the summer, you’ll also be making the most of seeing its brand new finish. Consider re-rendering it if you have a rendered home, as this can make a bigger difference than just painting if it’s chipped away.

Replace air conditioner filters

Air conditioners are essential in the summer - particularly in places such as the Southern US, Mediterranean, and Australia. Just having AC though isn’t the end of the story, as you’re supposed to be changing the filters every 90 days. Of course, this is a great time to do that, with it perhaps being turned on for the first time in 7 months.

To do this, unscrew the screw near the air vents and you should see the filter. It’s important to make a note of its size and manufacturer to help get the right replacement.

Clean your barbecue grill

There is nothing better than having a family barbecue with some charcoal-burned meat and potato salad. With summer imminently approaching, now is a great time to clean the grill (because let’s face it, it’s definitely dirty) or even replace it with a new one. If it’s a gas grill, check to see there’s plenty of gas left, and to clean it, use a wire brush and dishwashing soap.

Wash the windows on a cloudy day

Washing your windows is a must-do for summer to let all that light come shining in. However, washing windows is difficult on a blistering summer's day, as it may dry the solution prematurely and leave streak marks. Given that some places seldom have a cloudy day in summer, now might be a great time to get in early and do it. It’s also worth checking the seals to see if they are damaged and need replacing.