There are many quick and easy tips for making your home a summer haven.
Australians always need to prepare for the summer heat, and try to make the most of it. After all, most of us spend all those cold winter months looking forward to this time of year. For renters, it can be difficult to know what you can do to optimise your place for the sunny season. But there are many quick and easy tips for making your home a summer haven.
How can you achieve this?
Make sure the air con is working
Surviving an Australian summer without air conditioning is not fun. And in many cases, it’s avoidable. If your place had working air conditioning when you began renting it, you’ll want to make sure that’s still the case before the heat hits.
Filters can collect dust when inactive over the cooler months, and this could impact how effectively the air conditioning works – which could end up making your summer uncomfortable.
If something doesn’t seem right with your air conditioning, check to see that all air vents are open and free of obstructions – such as rugs, furniture, and frames. If your vents are covered up, your air conditioning could have a difficult time performing its important task.
If it still doesn’t seem to be working properly, call your property manager as soon as possible to ensure it’s all fixed up for when you need it most.
Remove dust from fans
If your place doesn’t have air conditioning, your fans could be a lifesaver this summer. So, it’s important you take care of them.
Most people don’t use ceiling fans much during the winter, and that allows dust to build up on top of the blades.
So, if you don’t want to be showered in dust the first time you use them, we’d recommend giving them a clean before the weather heats up.
Invite sunshine inside
You can brighten up your interiors by looking after your windows. Thoroughly wash them, inside and out, and you’ll enjoy a brighter space and a better view.
You’d be surprised what kind of difference it makes letting natural light into your home.
Keep the bugs out
Once they’re all sparkly and clean, it’s time to make sure your windows and doors don’t let in all those flies and mosquitos that plague our neighbourhoods throughout the warmer months. Simple flyscreens can save you hours of uncomfortable scratching and itching, and that’s an investment worth considering.
Create a garden area
Whether you’re renting a house or apartment, nothing creates that summer feeling like adding some green to your space. Drought tolerant native plants and grasses look great, and they are cost-effective in terms of upkeep. You can also program your sprinklers to keep your landscape looking fresh with minimal effort.
Maintain your pool
If the property you rent has a pool, make sure it’s in good condition for summer – because you’ll want to jump straight in when the temperature heats up. Sometimes it can be confusing to know if tending to the pool is your responsibility, or your landlord’s. Usually, tenants are responsible for everyday maintenance such as clearing leaves from the pool and may be responsible for more regular maintenance. But if you’re uncertain - the maintenance needs should be covered in the special terms of the tenancy agreement, and your property manager would be happy to help you ensure your pool is ready for your summer swimming needs.
Get your place ready for barbecues
Summer is the barbecue season, it’s simply the Australian way.The warm weather means you’ll want to get outside and enjoy the outdoor features of your place. Consider picking up a barbecue for your outdoor area to cook for your friends. But don’t forget to check your lease agreement to make sure there aren’t any stipulations about hosting parties or social events at your rental property.
If you’d like to learn more about what you can do to optimise your rental property this summer, contact your property manager today.