Summer is officially here. Get ready for long, warm nights, sun-filled days, and the freedom to wear flip-flops again. Take advantage of the weather to tackle home maintenance must-dos and have a little fun while you’re at it. We swear, these essential June projects are not all chores. We wouldn’t do that to you.
Celebrate Father’s Day
Let’s celebrate dads. They’re dang awesome, so on Sunday, June 19th, we’ll treat them like the royalty they really are. Breakfast in bed is a nice way to begin. But more than just scrambled eggs, Dad will be stoked on the decimation of his to-do list. Hire a handyman to handle all the odds and ends he’s got scheduled and help him ease into summer with style.
Get Some Window Work Done
Save on cooling bills and decrease energy use with a little pre-heat window work. Caulk your window seals to shore up any gaps where heat can creep in. While you’re at it, inspect windows for harm done over the winter and call in a window technician to replace damaged panes. Use this as an excuse to clean the exterior of windows, too—your house might as well sparkle this summer. If you have high ceilings or hard to access second story windows, call in the window washing pros to get it done safely.
Enjoy the Summer Solstice
Unless you live on the arctic poles, summer solstice—June 20, 2016—is the day with the longest period of sunlight in the year. You know what that calls for? A party, that’s what. Specifically a magical midsummer’s night backyard party complete with twinkling lights, gypsy tunes, and delicious nectar cocktails. Just turn the planning over to Thumbtack and get ready for a good time.
Get One Up on Weeding
Weeds are proliferating after the wet spring. Take back your garden with a few hours each weekend dedicated to pulling, trimming, de-heading dead flowers, and maintaining the peace. Don’t have time to keep the weed monsters at bay? Bring in a Thumbtack garden pro to keep your flowers, herbs, and landscaping looking lovely.
Check Watering Systems for Leaks
Cut back on watering costs and save the planet with leak-proof sprinklers or drip systems. Test sprinkler heads, inspect areas for pooling water or soggy zones, and ensure you’re not the cause of the next drought. Things looking a little leaky in your garden or lawn? Call in a water system pro to get you back on track.
Inspect the Exterior of Your House
Take a Saturday afternoon to stroll the grounds. Get up close and personal with the paint, climb on the roof and scope the gutters (and clear out any muck left over from spring), clear away rubbish gathered by the drain pipes, and step down under the house and investigate the foundation for cracks or crumbles. If all that sounds like too much work, call in a Thumbtack pro to assess the situation and make sure you’re in tip-top shape after the spring rains.
Get Fit for International Men’s Health Week June 13-19
What a great excuse to kickstart a fitness campaign. Get your brother, father, uncle, or best friend off the Xbox and out into life. Maybe he’s up for a personal trainer, maybe he’d love a running coach, or maybe he wants to learn how to fence. Whatever it is, there’s no time like International Men’s Health Week to start.
Consider a Mold Inspection
Do you have mold in the aftermath of the rainy season? Before the heat kicks in and the mold goes bananas, it’s time to get into the basement, open the bathroom cabinets, go under the kitchen sink, and in the laundry room. If you see tell-tale signs of mold blossoms, it’s time to take action. DIY kits can verify the source, or you can contact a mold inspection and testing specialist to handle the nasty for you. They are trained to safely remove harmful mold, as well as restore fabric or upholstery that’s been compromised.
Prep Outdoor Furniture
Hurray for backyard weather! It’s time to pull the chaise lounges and lawn chairs out of the shed. Get a wet rag, some warm soapy water, and get cleaning. Forget to bring your stuff in for the winter? Have new outdoor cushions custom made to keep your backside happy and your porch looking pretty.
Celebrate National Donut Day
Donuts definitely deserve a national holiday. How many times did a donut get you to work, get you out of bed in the morning, get you over a heartbreak, or get you through the end of a long night? Now it’s time to pay your respects. Gather the people and host a National Donut Day party. Bring a collection of all the best donuts you can find and have a taste-off. Better yet, hire a donut truck to come and bring donuts to the people. As it should be.