Staying Healthy and Active and Preparing your HOME for Summer

By: Orlene Campbell

Staying Healthy and Active and Preparing your HOME for Summer


We have all seen many ups and downs over the last few months. Whether you are still working from home or managing a new routine and schedule for yourself or your family, it is more important than ever to stick to a healthy routine and perhaps spend some extra time sprucing up your HOME and getting it ready for the warmer months ahead.
Spending time outdoors with certainly boost your spirits and make those outdoor spaces more enjoyable in the months ahead. Here are some helpful tips:

  1. Walkway and Driveway- Consider a deep clean by power washing the stones, pavers, and asphalt first and then replace or repair any that have become loose or uneven with either a limestone, some soil or masonry crack filler. Apply a blacktop sealer to the driveway to protect and boost the curb appeal of your home.
  2. Windows – Check all window seals and caulk any gaps that may have happened over the winter months. A thorough cleaning inside and out with a solution of 1 cup vinegar, 1 cup ammonia. Then rinse with warm water and a dry cotton cloth. TIP: Wash on a cloudy day, this helps the windows from drying too fast leaving streaks.  
  3. Sinding and eaves-troughing-   Check for damage or post-winter rot for wood siding or shingles. Some may need a fresh coat of paint or seal. Scrub or pressure wash vinyl or engineered siding to eliminate any mold or build up. Clear leaves and debris from the gutters and on a rainy day observe any leaks that could cause damage to the perimeter of your home if left unattended. If possible, check the roof for any damaged or missing shingles and ensure all flashing around chimney, pipes or skylights. Damage may occur from the winter months that we cannot prevent.
  4. Front Door- Refresh the look of your home with a fresh coat of paint and be mindful to check the weather stripping to maintain a secure seal. Surveys show that homebuyers say they prefer doors that are white or red. The next most popular colors are blue, green, and brown. Keep in mind that you need to keep the door looking fresh and clean. White can be difficult to keep looking that way, so choose carefully.
  5. Landscaping- Quick inexpensive recommendations would be adding color with annuals, perennials, or seasonal flowering shrubs, removing weeds, trimming the beds, and adding 2 to 3 inches of mulch.  A good irrigation system can also be a valuable asset in the hot summer months to keep the grass as green and full as possible. Most advisors would recommend a beautifully landscaped home will add more value to your home.

While the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” requirement is still in full swing, extending those livable areas of your home with a beautiful, safe, tranquil environment will be invaluable. Filling your days with activities that keep you active and motivated will help pass the days ahead so you can enjoy the warm temperatures of a wonderful Canadian summer and adding VALUE to your HOME!