5 Gotta Do’s in April for a Worry-Free Summer
Battle bugs before they bite (or sting!) you — and check the attic for problems.
#3 Tune Up the Air Conditioner
With flip-flop weather comes another summer tradition: cranking up the air conditioning. Tune up your AC in April, before the mercury and service rates rise.
Ask your HVAC company if they have a twice-a-year maintenance plan. Often, you can get discounted rates if you join, and you don't have to worry about finding someone to do it each spring and fall.
Now you only have to worry about which pair of Havaianas to wear.
#4 Check the Attic (and Garage)
How long has it been since you looked in the attic? Yeah, us too.
April's the time to inspect this oft-ignored space — before it gets too hot. Look for signs of animal activity (raccoons love attics), and repair or replace damaged insulation or wiring.
Ensure stored items are still secure; tighten container lids and dust covers and replace moth repellents.
While we're talking storage, how's the garage? If soccer balls, bikes, and luggage have taken prime parking space, regain control with a storage system. Your car (and your partner) will thank you.
#5 Clean Up Bird Feeders
Besides spreading diseases to birds, dirty bird feeders attract rodents and hurt curb appeal. Gross.
Give your bird feeders a deep clean — not just a rinse-out.
Empty them, take them apart, and wash with a solution of one part bleach to nine parts hot water. Rinse well to remove all traces of bleach, air dry, and refill with seed.
Clean under feeders, too, because moldy or spoiled seed on the ground can make pets sick. Don't forget the bird bath.
A pretty yard that's a healthy haven for birds makes a good impression — one that says "this is a well-cared-for home."