June has turned into July and the summer is heating up. The weather is still warm and not yet sweltering, which means now is a good time to get your home ready for the heat of July and August. If you recently purchased real estate in Vancouver Westside or if you currently live in any other part of the city, these tips are sure to help you get ready for those hot summer days.
4 Tips to Get your Home Ready for Summer
Let the Outside Come Inside
Your house can get stuffy if you keep the windows closed all summer. Try opening your windows and letting the breeze blow through. Also, add some nature to your home by placing houseplants in different rooms. If you want some really clean air, buy some spider plants, English ivy, or snake plants. These plants all filter the air, making your house smell and feel fresher.
Protect Your Windows from the Sun
If it feels like your bedroom is baking even when the air conditioning is on, it may be because your windows are letting in too much sunshine. You can fix this problem by installing reflective film, roller shades, or sunscreen-fabric curtains. You could also make a radical change by putting in new window panes with a low solar heat gain coefficient. These are both good for the environment and for keeping your house cool.
Keep the Bugs Away
If you’re tired of bugs ruining the experience of sun tanning in your backyard, there are many ways to get them to go away. One easy way is to put out citronella candles to ward off mosquitoes. If you want a more permanent solution, clear the underbrush around your trees and shrubs. Also, don’t add any thick vegetation to your garden; this attracts bugs and keeps them coming back. A clear yard is one way to keep it bug free.
Fill Up Your Fireplace with Life
Your fireplace probably lays dormant from June until September, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Take out the ash and the rotten logs and fill that space with beautiful green plants. You can even add in some flowers for a colorful display. As long as your fireplace is in a position that receives sunlight, you’re sure to have a collection that looks great for the whole season.
These are just a few of the many possibilities for your home this summer. By using these tips, you’ll be guaranteed to have a great summer in your Vancouver home.
If you want some more ideas or if you have any questions about real estate in Vancouver’s Westside, feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to help.