Summer is here, and for many of us that means an opportunity to get out of the house after being cooped up for too many winter months. If you’re looking for something to do in Belton, MO this weekend, there are worse ways to spend your time than tackling a little exterior home maintenance. After all, even the best-kept home can use a little spit and polish now and again, especially after a long, cold Kansas City winter. So, here are a few suggestions for projects around the house from your friends at the Lazy Acres senior living community in Belton:

  • Check for damage to the home. This may mean chipping paint, damaged siding, loose or missing shingles, and so on. If everything is in good shape, you can probably take a pressure washer to your outside walls to knock off any dirt that may have accumulated over the winter.
  • Clean your gutters. Gutters can gather everything from sticks to fallen leaves over the course of our autumns and winters here in Belton, MO, so now that warm weather is here, make sure they’re free of debris and that all your guttering is securely attached and ready to channel the rain from those summer thunderstorms.
  • Check windows and weather stripping. The summers in Belton get hot, just like the winters get cold, You can help make sure that heat and cold stay where they belong by making sure that seals and weather stripping on your doors and windows are in good order.
  • Replace window screens. While you’re at it, summer is a good time to replace screens on your windows and storm doors. If there’s a nice breeze on a summer evening, you may want to throw the windows open, and you don’t want the bugs getting in when you do.
  • Tune-up the air conditioner. One of the most important things that you can do when summer rolls around is to make sure that your air conditioner is up to the task. The best way to do that is probably to have a professional HVAC company come out and take a look. If nothing else, at least make sure that you change the air filters.

There are lots of other little things you can do around the house, from doing a little late-season spring-cleaning to tightening screws on door hinges. But maybe you would rather get a little more quality time in with your garden and landscaping. Fortunately, summer is a great time for that, too. You can:

  • Rake old leaves. If winter weather left your yard with some unwanted decorations, now’s the time to rake them up and have them hauled away.
  • Add mulch to flower beds and landscaping. Mulch serves double-duty—reducing the number of weeds in your flower beds and other planting areas while also helping them to keep moisture in as the summer weather gets hotter.
  • Plant flowers. Whether you just have a few window boxes or a serious landscaping endeavor, a few flowers will brighten up your home in no time!
  • Clear away weeds and shrubs. Anything that doesn’t look good, or that you don’t want in your flower beds or around your house can be removed and composted.

A well-kept home is a welcoming sight and by keeping our homes and yards clean and neat we can help make our entire neighborhood a more pleasant place to be. When you take those summer evening strolls, it’s nice to walk through a beautiful and well-kept neighborhood. At the Lazy Acres senior living community in Belton, we love our neighborhood just as much as you do, and there’s never been a better time to invest in one of our homes.

To learn more, give us a call at (816) 331-4886 or fill out our online contact form today!