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5 Tips to be summer ready!

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Get your home summer ready!
When summer approaches, ASAP Now have 5 tips to get your home ready for the warm days and nights ahead!

Let there be light
As winter comes to a close and we emerge from hibernation in our closed up houses or for teenagers from cryosleep in their bedrooms, summer is a time to truly embrace the beautiful sunshine and warmer temperatures. To capitalise on the longer days of daylight and cool summer breezes, the first we need to do open up all those windows, draw back the curtains, slide back those glass sliding doors and allow the light and fresh air to flood in.
Having the windows and screens washed is also an instant lift to the exterior and interior of your home and is an extra measure to getting those sunny, light filled rooms which make us feel happy and motivated.

Freshen up
As temperatures start to climb on the approach to summer, our winter bed linen needs to be washed and stored away for the next year. Swapping the heavy, warm doonas for lightweight summer doonas makes for more comfortable sleeping as the mercury rises.
Another simple step to freshen up our interiors is to wash drapes and curtains to remove the dust and mustiness accumulated over the cooler months where we tend to close up our windows and doors, not allowing too much fresh air to circulate.
Clean away the winter from any air-conditioning filters to ensure it will run at its optimum during the hotter months. Clogged filters lead to the unit working harder to produce cool air and ultimately adds to running costs.

Tidy up
Winter often blows trees and shrubs bare of leaves and we can find our home buried in any number leaves in our backyards, on the paths, in the roof gutters and floating in the pool. With summer approaching and the myriad of back yard activities summer is known for such as outdoor entertaining, BBQ’s and swimming, it makes sense to prepare our outside world for this hive of activity.
A back yard (and a front yard) blitz is in order to tidy up the areas you will now be using more often now that the temperature and weather will be more comfortable. Giving the pool a thorough clean and testing of the water for any lack in chemicals will make for a sparkling pool and healthy swimming. Cleaning out roof gutters is essential to remove the dead leaf matter which is a fire hazard and to prevent rust. A quick wash down of the outside of the house with the hose or a pressure cleaner will instantly make it look bigger and cleaner.

Check your tools and electrical equipment
Once a year it is a good idea to ensure your equipment remains in good working order. Mowers, hedgers and whipper snippers are used more often in warmer months as grass and shrubs start to grow quicker than in the cooler months. Drills, sanders and electric saws see more action as we do more work outside on our homes and on our DIY projects. For safety’s sake, if in doubt as to the stability of electrical equipment, have the item test and tagged by an electrical professional or purchase a new one with warranty.
Check your air-conditioning unit is running well. Switch the mode from heating to cooling and have a test run to ensure it is working. Check any outdoor units to ensure any wiring is still in good condition.
Indoors, smoke alarms need to be inspected to ensure batteries are still alive and if hard wired, check the alarm is still operational by pressing the test button. Any alarms that don’t work need to be replaced as a matter of priority to ensure your family’s safety.

From top to bottom
Probably one of the most important tips for your home is to check it from top to bottom. By this we mean start by checking the integrity of the roof. Your major asset and its interior is protected by its roof so ensuring there are no broken tiles or holes in the Colourbond sheeting makes for good peace of mind and a lot less expense in fixing leaking roofs and damaged contents down the track.
Moving down from the roof, take a walk around the perimeter of your house to visually check for any cracks in brick work or render or deterioration to any wooden exterior walls. Check window and doors are still plumb and there is no indication of subsidence.
Lastly, at the bottom of your home, do an inspection of the weep holes, looking for any evidence of termites entering the home. Ensure garden beds are kept a safe distance away from weep holes to prevent a camouflaged entrance into your home for termites.

So after working your way through the checklist, if you now find yourself with a few jobs that need professional help to get your home summer ready, ASAP Now offer a range of solutions and with finance options. Whether you require some repairs done, a new concrete path or decide you are after a complete extension to your home or even a new pool, ASAP Now we are on hand and ready to assist you.

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