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Tips for Getting Your Home and Backyard Ready for Summer Break


With summer coming, you may want to spend some time getting your house and backyard ready for indoor and outdoor fun. Your kids and their friends will need a safe, fun place to spend their time, and with a little effort, you can make sure that your house is the best location.

Use these tips to make sure that everyone is comfortable and can have relaxed fun this summer.


Go Through Your Kids' Summer Wardrobes

Kids grow fast, and their clothes stop fitting before you realize it. Take some time before summer arrives to assess their wardrobes and make sure that they have everything that they'll need for summer fun. Do they have swimsuits that fit? Do they have summer shoes and sandals? Do they have bicycle helmets that are an appropriate size? Checking these things before summer break begins can help limit your stress and make sure that you have the items on hand when they're needed.

Stock Your Pantry With Healthy, Braces-Friendly Snacks

Plan to stock your fridge and pantry with healthy snacks for summer, like fruit, cheese, and low-sugar ice pops. More than four million Americans are wearing braces now, so be sure to keep some braces-friendly snacks on hands for the teens and adults who'll be visiting your home and cannot eat snacks like tortilla chips or popcorn.

Clean Out the Garage to Make Room for Summer Equipment

Set aside a weekend before summer arrives to clean out your garage or storage space to make room for your summer equipment, sports gear, and more. Bicycles, kayaks, and scooters will all need to be more easily accessible this summer so that everyone can get outdoors and enjoy themselves. Spending this time cleaning and organizing will help limit your stress throughout the summer over lost skates, missing sports equipment, and misplaced gear.

Open Up Your Pool

Plan a specific date to open up your pool and adjust the chemicals so that it's ready to go for the summer. Keeping the correct pH balance helps make sure your chlorine works correctly, so aim for a pH between 7.4 and 7.6. This helps keep everyone who uses your pool healthy while killing viruses and bacteria.

Pave Your Driveway

If you plan to pave your driveway, you may want to schedule the appointment before summer arrives so that anyone who'll be visiting your home can easily get in and out and have a place to park. Driveway paving can cause some access issues to your house, but it's also an important part of maintaining your property. In fact, over 90% of parking areas are surfaced with asphalt pavement.

Set Up a Kid-Friendly Firepit In Your Backyard

Summer often means roasting marshmallows and hot dogs during warm evenings while enjoying one another's company. Kids make memories during these activities that will last a lifetime. If you don't have a firepit in your backyard, consider installing a small one for your kids to enjoy under careful supervision. Everyone can enjoy gathering outdoors while safely socializing, preparing food, and telling stories.

With summer approaching, planning outdoor fun is more important than ever. Spending time outdoors helps keep everyone safely distanced and provides appropriate ventilation, preventing the spread of disease. Consider planning for time in the pool, outdoor dining, picnics, and more for your kids this year so that they can get outside and socialize while staying as safe as possible. Outdoor fun allows kids to get exercise, spend time with their friends, and make memories that will last a lifetime, so make sure to plan ahead for summertime fun this year.