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Home ready for summer.

Is your home ready for warmer temperatures and all summer has to offer? From pests to party guests, make sure your home is ready for any and all occasions with our help.

Warmer Temperatures

Don’t get caught off guard during the summer months. Be sure to make these inspections and changes to ensure you and your home keep cool!

  • Inspect air-conditioners. Don’t sweat a faulty air conditioner – schedule a professional servicing or install window units.
  • Clean air vents. Air duct cleaning will remove allergens and dust from the air so you can breathe easier. Plus, it will allow your system to run more efficiently.
  • Replace window screens. Window screens help keep inspects out during spring and summer. If your screens are flawed or damaged, consider a replacement.
  • Switch out heavy comforters for lighter linens. Stow the electric blanket and comforter until next season. Use white, lightweight sheets and throws to keep cool at night.


Heading out for family vacation? Don’t leave your house without making the correct preparations!

  • Use smart switches and programmable lights. Especially handy when you’re away from the house, these smart devices have an “away mode” which will periodically switch on a light or television to make it appear as if someone is home.
  • Add smart door locks. Purchased individually, or through your home security company, smart door locks allow you to lock and unlock your front door remotely. You may also grant temporary access with expiring door codes for any family, neighbors or pet sitters who may be looking in on your home and pets while you are away. Keep track of exactly who enters your home and when with a smart lock.
  • Install a doorbell camera. These simple, affordable and easy-to-use devices are becoming increasingly popular. A doorbell camera allows you to monitor your front door and answer your door from anywhere. When someone approaches your front door or rings your doorbell, you’ll get a notification and will be able to engage in a two-way conversation.


Summer is the perfect time to invite friends or family over for a BBQ or pool day. Want to add the finishing touches to your get together? Try making these updates to your patio.

  • A fire pit. In many places, it cools down enough in the evening to enjoy an outdoor fire. Fire pits are hot spots to enjoy catching up with friends, but they’re more than just gathering places – they double as a place to cook delicious snacks (hello, s’mores and kabobs!). Plus, fire pits add to your landscaping décor and make a nice backyard focal point even when they’re not in use.
  • A screened-in porch. When the weather is nice, there’s nothing like spending a warm evening on a screened-in porch. You can enjoy the breeze without having to deal with pesky mosquitoes or insects. Add amenities like a cooler, a ceiling fan and a few rocking chairs, and they make for the perfect space to settle in during your party. Porches can also be a great investment and way to add square-footage (and resell value) to your home.


  • Inspect gutters, drains, fountains and pools. Clear out leaves, grass clippings and debris from drainage channels, gutters and drains to ensure they operate effectively. Change the water in birdbaths and fountains twice a week to keep mosquito eggs from hatching in them. If you have a swimming pool, keep it chlorinated and filtered.
  • Double-check doors, windows and screens. Give your windows and screens a close inspection, keeping an eye out for any cracks or holes where insects might find their way inside. Install a sturdy steel or aluminum threshold under doors to keep insects from crawling in. Add a door sweep and weather-stripping for extra protection against bugs.
  • Seal utility installations. Any place where cable lines, Internet or phone wiring or satellite lines penetrate your home are potential entrance points for insects and other pests. Inspect all holes drilled in exterior walls and even your roof where installers may have run utility lines, including water, gas, electrical and air conditioning piping. Small gaps or cracks can be filled using sealants or caulk. For larger gaps, use expandable polyurethane foam


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