Category: Summer Time

End of Summer Checklist for Your Home

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Even though we still have some more summer weeks left to enjoy, it won’t be too long until the leaves start changing colours and fall arrives once again. And when the weather does start to get cooler once again, you need to make sure that your home is fully prepared for it. To give you a helping hand, we are going to be running through an end of summer checklist right here, so that you are ready to batten down the hatches, make your home more efficient and prepare for more time spent indoors.

 

Clean Out the Gutters

 

All sorts of bits of debris can get stuck in your gutters during the summer months including leaves, sticks etc. And when autumn comes along, you are going to need to clear them out with a greater level of frequency. Giving them a big end of summer clearout will help to prepare you for this. You could even consider upgrading to seamless gutters or install some gutter guards, which will help to reduce instances of clogging and increase overall safety.

 

Secure Your Windows

 

The summer provides a great opportunity to inspect your windows and decide whether or not it is time to get some replacement window ideas before the winter arrives and everyone else starts trying to do exactly the same thing. Even if you decide not to go for a complete replacement, you could still make sure that they are properly sealed with some caulking or weatherproofing solutions. Now is the time to deal with draughts, before they become a major problem in winter.

 

Prepare to Retire Your Outdoor Living Room

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Many people keep all their furniture out during the summer months, but there comes a time of year when you need to store it all away again. You also need to make sure that your decks, fences, and other outdoor wooden items have the level of protection that they require when they are battling the winter elements. For example, applying a sealant stain and double checking the overall stability of the deck will go a long way.

 

Check the Roof

 

If you are planning to inspect the roof yourself, your safety should obviously take precedence. And if there is any major repair work which needs to be undertaken, you are probably better off calling in the professionals to take care of this for you. Look out for any shingles which are curling or ones that look easily breakable. Repairing or replacing your roof is never going to be a task which is particularly enjoyable, but if you take care of it early before winter arrives, you will be able to complete the task so much better.

 

Though you may not want to think about summer ending just yet, if you are prepared, you make it more likely that you won’t have to complete any big and difficult jobs when the winter months arrive. These are just four of the tasks which are worth ticking off your to-do list when you can.

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How To Get Your Kids Outside This Summer

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The life of a child has changed. And while times will continue to change and our lives won’t ever look the same as our ancestors or future generations, you will always have pros and cons of how life looks today. Yes, we live in modern times and the advances that we’re experiencing are mind blowing, but it’s also changed the idea of a childhood as we know it. In short, our kids spend so much more time glued to screens than ever before. While we, as children, and generations before us, would play outside more, you may find it hard to get your kids outside at all! But with the summer coming up, you may want to ensure that you can get them out to play as much as possible. So here’s five tactics to help you to do that.

 

  1. Work On Your Garden

 

The first thing you can do is aim to make sure that your garden is so much more appealing. Maybe the reason they don’t play outside is because there’s nothing for them to do! While we would have gone off on mini adventures when we were children, safety concerns often stop us from encouraging our children to do the same. So if they are going to be confined to the backyard, you will need to make it entertaining for them. Bring in things they can play with, or even get them gardening with you so that they have something to maintain themselves.

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  1. Plan Playdates Outdoors

 

If you know that you’re going to be booking lots of playdates this summer, why not arrange them outdoors? Don’t just think about the indoors locations or venues that you can meet at. If you are hosting them at home, make sure that you take things outside yourself. This is a great way to make sure that everyone enjoys a bit more fresh air and takes in some more nature.

 

  1. Get On The Go

 

Next, you’re going to want to make sure that you all get outside a lot more. Instead of hanging around the house this summer, head out and explore. Get on your bikes, invest in scooters, and look at the types of hoverboards to get. When you’ve all got more transport options, you’ll find it much more fun to get out as a family.

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  1. Book Outdoor Activities

 

If you do want to enjoy some days out, try to make sure that the activities you choose are outside too. Think about the different outdoor activities that you can partake in. This is going to help you to think about how you can get fit and active more too.

 

  1. Limit Tech Time

 

Finally, if you really want to make sure that you get results here, think about limiting the amount of tech time that you let them have. If they aren’t allowed on their devices all day, then what else are they going to do? They might read or play games, but if the weather is nice, you know that they’ll probably just head outside.

 

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Are You Ready To Make The Most Of Your Summer Nights?

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At this time of year, we’re all excited to spend more time outside and with the people that we love the most. But a lot of the time, the season can creep up on you. Before you know it, the sun is shining and you’re not ready to get out there and enjoy it. So right now, while spring is wrapping up, you’re going to want to make sure you’re prepared for a fun summer. Because when you’ve had a long day at work or you’ve been taking care of the house and kids all day, you want to know that you can just kick back and relax in the evenings. The best way to do that is to prepare in advance so that you’re good to go. So let’s walk through some of the preparations you should put in place.

 

Scrub The Deck

 

First of all, you’re going to want to make sure that your patio area is looking great. When you can switch your schedule around, you’re going to want to slot in a space to get out there and clean everything up. Make sure that your decking or patio is nice and clean, and that you’ve cleared away any overgrown plants, trees, or flowers. Just look to give the space a nice tidy up, so it’s looking its best for when you entertain.

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Update Your Furniture

 

From here, you’re then going to want to make sure that you have all of the furniture you need. So take a look at different outdoor furniture options online. Think about what pieces you need and go from there. If you are entertaining, then you might find that a great daybed set is going to be relaxing for the family and gives you extra seats too.

 

Create Some Atmosphere

 

Next, you need to make sure that your outside living space has the right feel about it too. Because you want to be able to relax out there, so it’s great to know that you have the right atmospheric touches in place. Bring in some candles and lights, think about a fire fit, maybe even some surround some. Then add in cushions and blankets so that you can wrap up when it gets cold too.

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Source Your Recipes

 

You’ll also want to make sure that you have some simple but delicious go-to summer recipes ready too. If you know that you have guests coming over, or you just want to be able to enjoy your evenings with less fuss, these recipes will help. Also think of some quick and crowd-pleasing cocktails too and keep the ingredients to have.

 

Pick The Perfect Look

 

Finally, you’re then going to want to make sure you have some great outfits ready to go too. Because you also want to know that you can pull out different looks at a moments notice to entertain or just feel great. Put together some simple but sophisticated looks ahead of time so you know that options you have when you have a last minute occasion to host.

 

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Don’t Let Burglars Steal Your Summer! Hot Tips To Keep Them At Bay

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Warning! Your home is under threat this summer from unwanted visitors. And no, we aren’t talking about cousin June and her family brood. Rather, we are talking about that other unwelcome guest, the burglar! A home-break-in is no laughing matter, and your summer will be ruined if this devious swine gets into your home. Here are some tips to keep the miscreant at bay.

 

  1. Always check your doors and windows.

 

It’s tempting to leave doors and windows open during the warmer days, especially when trying to cool down your house from the suffocating heat. Bad mistake! Any entrance into your property is a temptation to the would-be thief, and the skilled burglar can get in and out within seconds, particularly if you have valuables lying around in plain sight. Our advice is this: avoid opening any access point, and rely on your aircon instead. If you do need to open a window, ensure you fully shut and lock it when you have to leave the house.

 

  1. Invest in a home security system

 

Not only useful during the summer, but considering you may be away from home on a vacation during the season, these nifty devices will deter any burglar from gaining access. Should they still try and bypass the system and gain entry into your home, the security system will notify the law. Check out some of the home security reviews at Homesecuritysystem.co, and find something that fits your needs and price range.

 

  1. Burglar-proof your garden

 

No, we aren’t talking about planting a minefield amongst your roses! Instead, reclaim your privacy from any burglars stalking the neighbourhood (and your nosey neighbours), by following some of the ideas listed here. From planting shrubbery tall enough to lose a giraffe in (that was a slight exaggeration) to securing your fence as much as possible, the burglar will likely give up the chase of your valuable goods and sniff out your next-door neighbour instead.

 

  1. Don’t broadcast your holiday plans

 

Of course, you’re excited about what you’re doing on holiday, but remember that a burglar could be in earshot, or checking through your social media posts online. So be careful what you say. Don’t, for example, have a daily Facebook status counting down how many days it is before you head out on your annual summer vacation. It’s only 3 more days until you get on the plane, which in burglar speak, is only 3 more days until your home is a welcoming target!

 

  1. Enlist the aid of your neighbours

 

Assuming you are on speaking terms, and can trust your neighbours, ask them to be on the lookout for you. Even if you are only going away on day trips, it still pays to have somebody watching your back, or in this case, your home and garden! Give them your number in case they see something suspicious, and if you are away for an extended period, ask them to collect your mail and turn your home’s lights on and off under the pretence that you are actually home.

 

Finally

 

A burglar will ruin your summer and steal all the peace and relaxation you were hoping for. Follow our tips to keep your home safe, and hopefully, you will be able to rest well, whether you’re at home for the summer or sunning it abroad.

 

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The Ultimate Way To Enjoy Your Yard This Summer

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At this time of the year, we all start to get excited about the summer months ahead. And when it comes to your home, you can often feel in a bit of a panic to get it ready. However, you still have time. You’d be surprised by how quickly you can turn things around. So if you are worrying that summer is approaching, it’s time to take action. Because you can definitely still get the most out of your yard this summer, without it having to take a huge amount of money or time. But how? Using some inventive ideas, a bit of effort, and a bit of investment too, you can really turn things around to get the most of your yard this summer.

 

  1. Create The Perfect Outside Living Area

 

First of all, you’re going to want to get your outside living space together. If you know that you already love what you have, then you’ll just want to do a spruce. By having a good clear up, adding in some lights, and getting a firepit, you should find that you can create something really special. And if you don’t really have anything at the moment, then this should be your first investment. Make sure that you have a seating area that you love, maybe think about some lighting, and go to town on the accessories like candles and cushions too.

 

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  1. Plan Lots Of Parties

 

Next, you’re going to want to think about really simple ways that you can make the most of your outside space. The first is that you’re going to want to plan yourself lots of parties. Invite your friends over for the evening, have a family barbecue at the weekend, and just make sure that you start to spend a lot more time outside. This way, you’ll really make the most of your summer.

 

  1. Plant Pretty Things

 

And, of course, you’re also going to want to ensure that the space looks right. It’s going to be important for you to be able to create a naturally beautiful area. So get to the local plant store or garden center and pick out the pretty flowers that you love the most. When you can get these in place, you’ll find that your garden feels transformed.

 

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  1. Install A Water Feature

 

From here, you then might want to create something really special. A water feature from somewhere like Kwik Kerb will be perfect. With that one statement piece out in the garden, not only will it look amazing, but it will create such a relaxing atmosphere too. You’ll want to spend a lot of your time outside enjoying the peaceful vibes.

 

  1. Keep It Maintained

 

Finally, you’re then going to want to make sure that you maintain your lawn and stay on top of your plants and flowers too. More often than not, the only way that you’re going to be able to make the most of your garden is when you can make sure it looks and feels its best at all times throughout the summer.

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