Winter is over and spring has begun. This is most people’s favorite time of year when it comes to weather. Gone are the gray and deathly days of autumn and winter and here is new life and warm weather with the onset of spring.

Of course, spring is also very popular because it means that summer is on its way. Summer is the hottest time of year. It must be prepared for correctly and spring is the time to start when it comes to preparing your home for the hot summer months. Many people overlook the preparations that are needed for their home when it comes to summer. They think that winter is the only time of year where a home is in danger of having one of its components malfunction. This is simply not true.

There is a laundry list of different things that can go wrong with your home when it comes to summer. This is true for both the interior and the exterior of the home. They can cause your home not to cool correctly and also have a terrible effect on your monthly utility bills.

The more prepared you are for the summer months, the smoother they will go. Here are some steps you can take to prepare your home and home’s maintenance on the exterior and interior of your home for the scorching hot summer months that are coming full-speed ahead.

Your Yard

Every gardener knows that successfully planting flowers and getting rid of weeds for the summer season starts in the spring time. Planting flowers at the correct time is a delicate process.

It is important to understand the climate that you live in when deciding what flowers and plants to plant in your garden and when is the best time to plant them.

If you are more of a novice you should still know that the grass in your yard should take some preparation as well. It is important to pull any weeds that are appearing in the yard as soon as possible to prevent them from becoming a problem later in the summer. Also gradually raise your mower blade throughout the summer as you continue to mow.

The longer grass will help protect the earth in your yard from the sun’s unforgiving rays. If you follow these steps you should have a good looking yard. No one wants to be the embarrassment of their neighborhood by having a lawn filled with dead grass and weeds.

Your Home’s Insulation

This is another faction of a home’s maintenance that often gets overlooked when it comes to summer while great attention is paid to it when preparing for the winter. Just as insulation keeps cold air out in the winter, it keeps cold air in during the summer months as well. One of the biggest culprits when it comes to a poorly insulated home is the attic.

Make sure to check the insulation in your attic to ensure that there are no weak spots in the insulations. If there are some small chinks in the armor you can use spray insulation to take care of smaller problems. Bigger problems with insulation may require the service of a professional in order to take care of it.

Your Garage

A lot of people don’t know that the garage is the part of the home that may take the biggest beating during the winter. Think about it. Most of the components of a garage door are made from metal.

This means that the cold air and precipitation that builds up mixed with the high winds of winter could cause damage to the frame of your automatic garage door and cause it to work improperly.

Check your garage doors’ track to determine that the door can move along without getting off of it and causing a huge repair bill. Another important thing to check is the skirt on the door to make sure that it is sealing properly and keeping hot air from getting into your garage.

Test Your Thermostat

Be sure that your thermostat is in proper working order. This will make sure that your air conditioner system is working properly and cooling your home without any excess effort or cost to you.

Make sure that it is not located in an area with direct sunlight where it could register the air as being hotter than it is.

This will cause your air conditioner to run when it doesn’t have to and run up your utility bills throughout the summer thanks to the increased amount of effort it takes to cool your home.

If you need to move or reinstall your thermostat you may need the help of a professional in order to keep it under warranty.

These are four easy steps you can take to check the maintenance of your home before the hot summer months that are around the corner. Use these tips to keep your home comfortable, your yard looking healthy, and utility bills low.

A little prevention can go a long way when it comes to the maintenance of your home and it can help any unwanted disasters from occurring that could ruin your summer fun and have a disastrous toll on your bank account. Your air conditioner system is the most important part of your home’s maintenance when it comes to summer. It also can be very costly to repair if something that was preventable goes wrong during the hot summer season.

Sometimes hiring a professional can be much cheaper in the long run than trying to undertake complicated repairs. Taking care of some of this stuff in March can go a long away to make you a happy homeowner in August.

If you have inspected your home and think that you may need the help of a professional when it comes to getting your home ready for the summer months ahead you should contact Reliability Home in Dundalk, MD at (443) 399-8663 in order to get an estimate on any work you may need.