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5 Essential Steps to Get Your Home Ready for Summer

At last, the birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and the world is waking up from the long sleep of winter. As the weather continues to get nicer, now is the ideal time to get your home in tip-top shape for the warmer months.

Below are five key maintenance tips to get your home ready for the warmer weather so you can savor this upcoming Seattle summer.

Make your front door shine: Your front door gives a major first impression of your home. If replacing an old door is not in the budget, there are plenty of ways to revamp the one you have! After a long, wet winter, your door's finish could likely use a boost. Make it shine with a good sanding session and a fresh coat of paint. Maintain the vibrancy by sealing your hard work with fade-resistant exterior polyurethane with an ultraviolet inhibitor. Restore the luster of the door's hardware by polishing hinges and knobs. Keep things fresh with a new, clean welcome mat. Welcome home!

Power wash: Besides the all-powerful feeling you'll get using a pressure washer with its immediate and sparkling results, this tool cleans virtually anything outdoors with a quarter of the elbow grease. It works especially well for cleaning fences and exterior-siding, removing stains from the driveway and clearing out the gutters. Be sure to follow manufacturer's recommendations and never pressure wash a deck. Because of its sheer power, pressure washing can remove loose material, leaving dangerous splinters and gaps. It also removes the natural oils in the wood that are not replaced with sealants and it can lead to cupping and warping. The older the deck, the more potential damage can be done by pressure washing. Instead, wash your deck with a cleanser that is safe for children and pets and always follow with a sealant.

Clean the grill: Start it off right by rinsing all exterior grill surfaces with water to remove grime and cobwebs. Wipe inside the barbeque with a grill cleaner and follow by scraping the grate with a stiff wire brush and warm water. Rinse well and wipe dry.

Check your interior systems: In the winter, doors and windows stay shut, which means your home's HVAC - heating, ventilation, air conditioning systems, have been working overtime. Spring is the best time to ensure air filters have been replaced or cleaned to maintain efficiency, before there are any major changes in temperature. If the filter is reusable, remove it, wash down with a hose and then re-insert. While you're at it, clean or replace your furnace filter too!

Landscape: Rake away any dead leaves from the lawn and sidewalk, clean out those gutters and clear any debris from the roof. Cut back tree limbs and shrubs growing near the house and make sure branches are not brushing against the roof or power lines. Spread fresh mulch or bark around trees and shrubs and replace any cracked garden hoses.
These five home maintenance tips will give you noticeable results as you "spring" into summer.

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