Sun's out — and if you did your spring cleaning, there's not much else you need to do to prep for longer, hotter days and warmer nights.
In the Yard
Set the stage for outdoor living.
- Break out the patio furniture. Wash it down if you haven't already. If you have teak, sand and re-stain. Launder any cushion covers
- Spruce up your BBQ: Scrape the grills; spray down the exterior; clear the vent holes
- Refresh your mulch
- Root out standing water — nobody needs West Nile virus
- Inspect — and repair — your sprinklers
- Remove unwanted nests, from hornets to swallows
- Re-up on citronella candles and bug killers
Exterior of the House
Now that the weather is reliably dry, it's time for touch-ups.
- Touch up any cracked or peeling house paint
- Stain the deck
- Repair and repaint or re-stain fencing
Inside the House
Stay cool, my friends.
- Reset the thermostat — you can save a lot of money just by setting it 2 or 3 degrees warmer than normal
- Better yet, invest in a smart thermostat
- Test the house for air leaks, so your cool air doesn't disappear out a crack in the window
- Rotate your ceiling fan blades to push air down, rather than up
- Consider repotting your houseplants
In the Garage
Marie Kondo: the final frontier.
- Gather all unloved items and prep for a garage sale, or donate
Now that you're got the bare basics done, go and enjoy that sun!