The warm months of summer are something that we all look forward to. Heading to your beach house and spending time in the sand and water offers the perfect way to relax. In order to make the most of your first stay at your beach house, it is important to make sure that the house is ready for you. Here are some tips about what you can do to your beach house to make sure that it stands the test of time and also tips for preparing it for those first days of summer.
When it comes to a beach house it is a good idea to choose flooring that can be easily cleaned and maintained. Tiled floors are easily cleaned of sand and salty water that is sure to enter during your stay. Choosing tile or concrete floors for your beach house also will help should any type of weather cause issues with your home.
If your home is stilted, these types of floors can cause issues because of their weight. Timber floors are a solid alternative. It’s not difficult to water resistant and extremely durable wood flooring, and it also fits the overall décor of many coastal homes.
Many beach houses have large windows as well as glass panels that maximize the surrounding views. In addition, a house with large windows can save on air conditioning costs as you can cool down the home by opening windows to let the sea breeze in.
When it comes to window frames for a beach house you will want to avoid steel and other types of metallic hardware as they will rust in the salty air. Aluminum or an aluminum coated frame is best because they are resistant to rust.
Airing it Out
When you are ready to head to your beach house for the first time of the season, you are going to want to make sure that you give it time to air out. Open all the windows and place some houseplants in the window sills in order to freshen up the space.
If your beach house does not have any ceiling fans, you may also want to considering using a pair of floor fans to expedite the circulation process.
Check for Bugs
Prepping your beach house for the summer is also a great time to check for any early signs of bee hives or wasp nests that may be hidden under porches and attics of the home. Make sure that you remove these safely in order to avoid these pests invading your home, and don’t be afraid to call for professional help.
In addition, you want to make sure to check your door and window screens for tears that that may have occurred during the winter months so that you don’t have to worry about insects getting in.
Prep the Grill
Spending time outside on the patio or deck and enjoying the sun is quite common during those summer months. Make sure that you get this area cleaned and that the grill is prepped and ready to go. If you use a gas grill, make sure the propane tank is full and all the connected tubing and valves are in proper working condition.
There is nothing quite like coming home from the beach and having the grill ready for a nice BBQ.
When it comes to taking care of your beach house and making sure that it is ready for the summer, regular maintenance is the key. While you may not be able to make it to your beach house during the winter months, it is still important to make sure that it is well maintained.
You should consider hiring a handyman to come in during the offseason to check the exterior of the home for any signs of damage or disrepair. They will be able to help provide you with some of the steps that you need to take in order to take care of any damage before it gets worse.
Regular maintenance is important to ensure that corrosion, mold, and rust do not have an opportunity to settle in and cause lots of damage.