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Preparing Your UBC Home For Summer

After a long a dreary winter and spring, summer has finally arrived at UBC.  I am sure that you are ready for the season, but is your house?  To fully enjoy the summer months, it is important that your home is ready for the season.  As the premier real estate agent for UBC homes, I would like to offer the following tips on how to prepare your house for the summer.


Indoors


Check Your Air Conditioning


Nothing can ruin your summer faster than a broken air conditioner.  Ensure that your air conditioning unit is running smoothly this summer by getting it regularly serviced.  Every three months, it is suggested that you:

  • Check and replace the filters.
  • Flush out drain lines with a cup of bleach.
  • Trim and remove any vegetation around the outdoor unit to ensure that your air conditioner has room to breathe.

Rotate Ceiling Fans


Your ceiling fan may have a directional switch.  It is important that your ceiling fan runs in a counterclockwise direction so that it is pushing air down and not up.


Upgrade or change your Thermostat


If you haven’t already, think about replacing your thermostat with a “smart” version.  This type of thermostat will not only save you money on your monthly energy bills, it will also allow you far more flexibility on how you cool your home.  A “smart” thermostat will allow you to cool only certain rooms if you choose and run your air condition during the hottest times of the day.  You can also operate your thermostat from your phone giving you ultimate flexibility and control over your home’s cooling.


Outdoors


Fix Your Lawn


After a long and wet winter and spring, now is the time to reseed your lawn to fill in any bare patches.  A reseeded lawn will also make it harder for weeds to grow, which will alleviate the dreaded job of weeding. 


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When reseeding your lawn, also spread a thin layer of topsoil to protect the grass seed.  It is a good idea to irrigate for at least two weeks.


Lawnmower Maintenance


Before cutting your newly seeded lawn, make sure that your lawnmower and other yard tools are in peak working order.  To properly maintain your lawnmower, make sure to:

  • Change the oil and clean or replace the air filter.
  • Check and change the spark plug, if necessary.
  • Sharpen the mower blade and make sure that it is at the desired height.

Inspect all Downspouts


While you are outside preparing your home it is a good idea to check your downspouts and gutters for debris.  Make sure that all gutters are securely fastened to your home and seal any gaps or cracks with silicone.  While you are on your ladder, inspect your roof and replace or repair any broken or missing shingles.


By following these simple home preparation tips, you will be ready for summer in no time.  A well prepared home will free up time for you and your family to enjoy your favourite summer activities.  If you would like any more tips on how to get your home ready for the season or would like to see some of the new summer homes that are available in the UBC area, please contact me today.