9 Ways to Get Your Home Summer-Ready

It’s June and that means summer is officially here!  Time to break out the grill, clean up those flower beds, open up your swimming pool and prepare your patio and deck area for countless hours of relaxation.  Before you know it, you’ll be hosting parties, barbeques and sipping your coffee while admiring your garden.  It’s time to get to work, so grab your gardening gloves, lawn tools, hose and cleaning supplies and let’s get to it!


  1. Windows & Doors

    Wipe down both sides of your windows (it’s best to wash them on a cloudy day to avoid streaks). Clean your window screens and make any repairs before reinstalling them in the windows.  Check the caulking around your windows and doors to prevent unwanted pests and warm air from entering your home.

  2. Roof & Gutters

    Give your roof and gutters a once-over to ensure they are all in working order. Check the drains to make sure they are cleared of leaves or mud.  Look for any loose, missing or curled shingles on your roof and keep an eye out for leaks.

  3. Cooling System

    Before the real summer heat sets in, be sure to check on your air conditioner and see if it needs to be serviced. Check the filter as well to see if it needs to be replaced before it’s working double time this summer.

  4. Safety Detectors

    Test your smoke alarm and carbon monoxide monitors to see if they need new batteries or should be replaced. Summer is a good time to have your chimney cleaned.  Also, check to see if you have flashlights on hand for power outages during summer storms.

  5. Dusting & Cleaning

    Say goodbye to dust bunnies under your bed, on top of your ceiling fan blades and on your windowsills. Reverse your ceiling fan direction to counterclockwise in order to create a wind-chill effect and keep things cool in your home.

  6. Pressure Wash

    For a big WOW factor, pressure wash your driveway, walkway and sides of your home. Wash away months of debris and discoloration at the pull of a power washer trigger.

  7. Porch & Deck

    Wash down your porch and give your deck a little TLC. Hammer down any loose nails, replace warped boards and reseal your deck to keep it safe and functional.  Clean patio and deck furniture well and let dry in the sun.

  8. Lawn & Garden

    Tend to your garden by weeding, pruning and adding a fresh layer of mulch to your landscape projects. Service all of your lawn care tools and machines and be sure to properly maintain them all season long.  Consider setting up sprinklers for better flower and produce growth.

  9. Pool Maintenance & Safety

    Prepare to cool off this summer in your refreshing pool by thoroughly cleaning it and following proper water testing. If you have young children, pool fences and alarm systems are the best way to protect your kids from unattended water accidents.

Follow these summer home maintenance tips and you’ll be well on your way to basking in the summer sun and relaxing in the comfort of your home. 

Now that you have your home prepped, have you started thinking about any summer travel plans?  If you’re vacationing this summer, you may want to consider travelers insurance.  Travel restrictions are ever changing because of COVID-19, so utilize our travel accident insurance services to give you greater peace of mind.  No matter if you’ll be travelling by automobile, airplane, motorcycle or boat this summer, Ross Insurance Agency has you covered.

It’s always a good idea to plan for the unthinkable, like potential fire, theft and wind damage to your home.  Ross Insurance Agency is committed to helping our Lancaster PA clients get the best homeowners insurance and property insurance coverage for affordable prices.  Allow us to help you protect your most valued possessions.  Take our (free) Ross Review to discover gaps and overlaps in your current coverage and identify discount opportunities.

Contact us today at (717) 397-4729 to discuss home insurance coverage options.  As one of the best insurance agencies in the Lancaster PA region, we’re prepared to help save you money and keep you covered all year long.