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Home Maintenance: Gear up for summer

Summer is on the way! Horizon Homes custom designs always make full use of the indoor-outdoor flow. Here are our top tips to get your place summer-ready.


  1. Do a test of your smoke detectors. Yes, we suggested that in autumn also, but a change of season is always a good time to check your smoke alarms (and your toothbrush, but that’s a whole other topic…)
  2. Get your cooling system ready. If your air-conditioning system needs a service, do it early! Don’t forget that you may need to change the filters in your air-conditioner as well.
  3. Dust the ceiling fan blades. How? Attach a dryer sheet to a clean paint roller to reach! While you are there, make sure the blade is spinning counter-clockwise, for cooling, rather than the winter setting of clockwise.
  4. Clean your showerheads and your bathroom drains. While you’re in the bathroom, check out the vents on your bathroom fans as they also might need to be dusted.
  5. Clean the BBQ. You know it’s going to get heavy use so wipe away any dust or residue. Use hot water, dish soap, and a scrub brush or sponge to clean both the outside and inside of the grill. Be sure to let your grill dry off before using it next.
  6. Wash down your porch or deck area. Sweep thoroughly then wash with a cleaner. Remove any embedded dirt by scrubbing with soap and water.
  7. Give your deck a once-over. You can check if your deck needs to be resealed by pouring a little water on it. If the water beads into little puddles, you’re good. If it sinks into the wood, you should get your deck resealed.
  8. Wash the windows and the window screens. Use warm water and soap to get those windows sparkling. Use soapy water and a brush to gently wash your window screens.
  9. Add a layer of mulch. Extra mulch will help fight off weeds and help your soil retain moisture during the hot summer months.


Of course, if you’re in a bushfire zone, you’ll have extra maintenance to make sure your home is well prepared. Check out the Rural Fire Service website for more.