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9 ways to get your home ready for the summer heat

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While it may seem like the most important thing you need to do to prepare for summer is to pick out the best sunscreen, there is more. As the temperature heats up, your home should be ready to beat the heat. No one wants to come home to a scorching home, an algae-filled pool, or a cracked foundation. Besides getting a standard A/C tune-up and the regular home things you do, here are some other ways to make sure you stay cool this summer:

 

  • Gutter gleam. Your gutters are clogged from all of the leaves that fell during the fall. Keep your gutters from overflowing by having the debris removed.

  • Shingled out. Cold winter temperatures and spring storms can take a toll on your shingles. Avoid finding leaky spots by having your roof inspected. Get any repairs completed as soon as possible to keep your home in tip-top shape.

  • The white stuff. When your windows let in air, your air conditioner has to work harder to keep your home cool. Have the LifeSquire handyman add a fresh coat of caulking around your windows to beat the leaky window heat.

  • Water more than the plants. When the ground under your home dries out from summer heat, it can mess up your home’s foundation. During dry summer days, make sure to water your home’s foundation at least once a week. When in drought, water the foundation several times a week.

  • Fix your tools. During the summer months, you break out a lot of tools and equipment. Have the tune-up on your lawnmower taken care of. Clean your grill before your next meal. Have your pool inspected so that you can spend the summer in the cool water. Whatever tools you use, give them a check before they are regularly used.

  • Waterworks. Freezing temperatures can wreak havoc on your plumbing. It is always a good idea to have a plumber come out for a pipe inspection to stop and prevent any leaks.

  • Trim around the bushes. Your trees will bloom and grow all season. Have them trimmed to avoid problems with power lines and other objects that don’t need to be consumed by branches.

  • Streak-free. After the winter weather and spring pollen, your windows aren’t exactly spotless. Book window cleaners to come out and put the shine back in your glass.

  • The cool down. Your attic holds a lot of heat. Before the temperature gets too bad, have your insulation checked. Add extra insulation to your attic to help beat the heat.

 

When you get all of the maintenance and chores out of the way, you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the summer months. If you don’t have time to complete them all, LifeSquire can help. 

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Content Marketing Manager

The 10 best handy tips from the LifeSquire handyman

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Recently the LifeSquire handyman grabbed his tool belt and came to our office one night after work to share some of his knowledge. At LifeSquire, we do a lot of tasks for our clients, but we also always strive to push the boundaries and do more. So when our handyman said he’d like to teach us some tricks of the trade, we dropped the grocery bags (not really) and joined him for a learning session.

After the class, we decided the tips we learned were so valuable that we had to share them with you. So here are ten handy tips from our handyman.

Picture perfect

  • When hanging a picture or something else on the wall, always put the nail at a little bit of an angle to take the pressure off of the drywall.

  • Don’t just hang a picture on the wall with a nail, use a hook as well. Using a hook will keep the sheetrock from tearing. Make sure you check the weight limitations for the hooks.

  • Make picture hanging easier when you mark the top of the picture on the wall. Use a pencil and draw a line at the top of the frame. Measure, on the picture, from the top of the frame to the hanger and use this measurement for proper hook placement. Make sure you put the bottom of the hook at the measured mark so that the picture will be in the proper location.

Wall repair

  • If you need to fix cracks in your walls, fill them with painter’s caulking. Make sure it isn’t silicone based, otherwise you won’t be able to paint over it.

  • Holes in wood are easily fixed with the help of water putty. Once the putty is dry, just sand and paint over the spot. It’s an instant fix.

  • Do you need to touch up some paint, but forgot what color your walls are? Pick a place in the room that is a low traffic area. Use a box knife to cut into the wall until the tip of the blade is white. Cut a square that is at least an inch wide. Peel the paint off and take it to your paint store. They can analyze it and get you the matching color. Use spackle to patch the spot and paint over it with your new paint.

Miscellaneous tips

  • Toothpicks are for more than your teeth. If you have a screw that won’t stay, add a toothpick. A stripped screw can be really annoying, so just put a toothpick or two in the hole before putting the screw back in. The toothpicks will help secure the screw.

  • Clogged drains are an easy fix when you have a wet-dry vacuum. Remove the drain cover and use the vacuum to remove the clogs. If you need extra suction, seal around the nozzle with a wet rag.

  • When the lights go out, you can easily find your flashlight if you wrap glow in the dark tape around the handle. The tape will glow for about 8 hours.

  • Get light scratches out of wood with the help of a walnut. Break the walnut open and rub it on the scratch several times. Rub your finger along the scratch to heat up the oil the walnut left. Once it’s warm, the wood will soak up the oil, and the scratch will fade.

 

These are just a few of the tips we learned from our handyman, and we hope they help you. If you need handyman service, contact us. Our professional handyman is taking appointments and will get the job done.

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Digital Media Specialist