AVP/SR. Mortgage Loan Originator
Alaska USA Mortgage Company
Phone: 360-679-5633 / 360-969-5550
License: NMLS#304060 / CL-157293
“Summerize” Your Home
Spring Projects in Preparation for Summer
Can you believe we are just weeks away from summer? If you haven't gotten all of your spring cleaning done just yet, or you have other projects you've been meaning to do around the house, now is the perfect time to get going on them, before the hottest days of summer descend upon us.
OUTSIDE YOUR FRONT DOOR
Shade trees and landscaping
It's no secret that landscaping increases the value and curb appeal of your home. But there something else it provides. Vegetation that surrounds any paved areas (driveways, walkways, sidewalks, etc.) reduces the reflected heat and sunlight.
Check the roof and clean gutters
Another rooftop project for late spring is the cleaning of rain gutters. Taking it on during late spring beats doing it later in the year when there's more rain. It also cuts down on dry debris that can be a fire hazard during the summer.
Wash your windows and window screens
Paint your home's exterior
Get your pool and patio ready
One thing you probably haven't thought about is purchasing equipment for outdoor activities. From Super Soakers and floats to volleyball and badminton nets, they may actually be much harder to find come summertime when the demand is higher. Stores like Target, K-Mart, Wal-Mart and Costco are great places to start your search.
While you're at it, take a good look at your patio furniture and barbecue. Can they be cleaned, or do they need to be replaced? Once again, options on these products can become minimal, and even more expensive, once the weather gets hot.
Clean out your garage
Create a clothesline
INSIDE YOUR FRONT DOOR
In addition to making sure your air conditioner is in perfect working order, it is now a good time to replace any filters. Simply remove the old one and take it to your local home improvement center. Sales representatives should have no problem finding its replacement.
Decorate for the season
Since your fireplace will not play host to very many fires during the summer months, it doesn't mean that it can't be of use. Simply remove the grate from inside the fireplace and replace it with either a fireplace candelabrum, or several individual candles. The incandescence provided by the candles brings a wonderful ambience without turning up the heat.
Donate or have a garage sale
If you decide to paint the inside of your home, think about lightening the existing color as opposed to darkening it. Lighter colors are not only inviting, they create the illusion of a bigger, more open space.
Install dimmer switches
Good luck and happy "summerizing!"
License AK# 157293 Washington Consumer Loan Company license# CL-157293 California Residential Mortgage Lending Act, License# 4131067
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