The summer is a time for relaxation and spending time outdoors. However, a recent article from Houzz states that this season is also the time to care for your indoors.

1. Give the Porch Some TLC

Many homes have glass light fixtures that go untouched until a bulb runs out. Yet Houzz experts state that those fixtures need a wash from time to time. They recommend removing the light fixtures and washing them with warm water and soap. If your fixture is, well fixed, they say to turn them off and wipe the exterior with a microfiber cloth, then dry with a soft cloth.

2. Wave the Flag

The Fourth of July is the perfect time to display red, white, and blue, especially for your home. American flags in various shapes and sizes can be the perfect accent to a summer home. A full-size flag draped over a porch or lining the walkway with smaller ones is the perfect way to celebrate. Whichever way you choose to display your flag, either horizontally or vertically, Houzz reminds you to make sure the stars are always in the upper left corner.

3. Safety First

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be tested monthly with battery replacements as needed. Houzz recommends that if a detector is more than 10 years old, then it is time to replace it. Due to an abundance of bar-b-ques or late night camp fires in the summer, July is the perfect time to check the expiration date on fire extinguishers in the house and replace them if needed.

4. Furry Friends

Summer is the time for travel. If you need to leave your furry friend behind, plan in advance where they will be staying and how they will be cared for. Many pets can feel uncomfortable leaving their own homes. Houzz advises using a professional pet sitter. If a pet spends its time mostly outside, pet owners should ensure that there are plenty of shaded spots and areas with access to fresh water. Main tip: Never leave a pet unattended in a car during the summer.

5. Window Care

A quick rinse to the windows can brighten up a home and allow the glow of the sun to light up an area. Houzz recommends using a vinegar based solution or regular glass cleaner. To dry, use a squeegee or wipe with a clean microfiber cloth.

6. Holes in Window Screens

Summer is a fun season, especially for mosquitos. If mosquitoes are intruding your home, this could be a sign of holes in window screens or screen doors. A screen patching kit can repair the damage and keep those unwanted visitors out.

7. Refreshing Your Space

White linens are a staple to a summer home. To keep these fabrics looking fresh and crisp Houzz recommends using slipcovers or taking them to the dry cleaners. Vacuuming regularly can keep white upholstery and Roman blinds looking their best.

8. Save H2O

Many cities have water conserving laws in place. If your city does not, an easy way to save water is to water your lawn early in the morning or later in the evening. According to Houzz "if you water when the sun is high, much of the water will evaporate." Meaning the water is not being fully absorbed by your dehydrated greenery.

9. Fire Safety for Your Landscaping

In states where the summers get HOT (Texas, California, Arizona etc.) fallen leaves and branches can be the match to strike up a grass fire or fuel a minor fire, turning an ember into a disaster. A quick removal of weeds, leaves, and needles can help prevent a fire.

10. Welcoming Guests

If you are having company make sure to clean out your personal items from the guest rooms and put fresh sheets on the beds. To add a special touch to the rooms Houzz suggests adding small extras like bottled water, a basket filled with travel-sized toiletries, and a stack of fresh towels. Don't forget to include a card with the Wi-Fi password.

11. Repair Time

Inspect fences, gates, or anything that is prone to damage. This month is the time to diy it or schedule a professional to come and repair.

12. Pool Safety

The pool is a popular summer time hot spot. When not in use cover the pool or have a gate surrounding it to prevent small children from falling in. Never let anyone swim in the pool alone or unsupervised.

13. Throw Some Shade

To your porch of course! Summertime is best spent outdoors, but to beat the heat add some extra shade to your backyard. Shady spots are perfect to sit and catch up on the latest summertime reads or even throw a backyard bash.

14. Secure the Fort

If you plan to travel, plan safety measures for your home. Inform your trusted neighbors that you will be gone and ask a friend to check on your house from time to time. Well-lit and up kept yards can prevent your home from being a target for break-ins. Houzz also advises having your mail held for you at the post office and hire a lawn service to do maintenance while you are away.

To get more detail about these July To-Do's visit: houzz.com

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