If you live in a summer climate and you have a nice house, then you will know that your house is the center. This means that in the summer, all of your family gathers at your house.
You probably don't mind this because you enjoy seeing your family, but it is a lot of work for you. For them, it will be an extra holiday, but for you it is more like another job for the summer.
You have to tidy up after them, make sure that they are fed and then you have to make sure that they are settled when they get here. Some of them might even assume that you will do their washing for them. You need to stop that right away.
You should make them realize that they should make themselves at home in your house. You are not there as their personal slave for the whole of the summer. If they want food, drink or their washing, they should do it themselves. This is the only way that you will have a good time as well.
If you are having family stay for the summer, then read on for some tips on how to get the house ready before they arrive.
- Spring Clean - When your family arrives, the house is going to look like a bomb has hit it for the first few days. Once they have found a place for all their stuff, it will start to look a bit tidier. But, to prepare for the initial mess, you should tidy the house before they arrive. This is so that your mess is not mixed with theirs. If you have your washing to do as well, you should do that the week before they arrive. This is so you don't get any of your clothes mixed with theirs. They will appreciate having the washing machine all to themselves anyway. Make sure you have dusted around the house and everything is in its rightful place.
- Landscape - If you have a big back garden, then you should make sure that the grass is cut and the flowers are looked after. This is so the garden looks nice for your family. You won't want to hear them moaning that the garden is wrecked when they are sunbathing. If they are from a cooler climate, they will spend a lot of time in the sun, getting their tans topped up. You should also make sure that they have plenty of sunscreen. The landscaping job will be something that you have to take care of whilst they are there because grass grows quickly. If you have some lads staying with you, then ask them if they would like to help out with the cutting of the grass. They might be happy having something to do.
- Pool - If you have a pool, then you can safely assume that your family is going to spend a lot of time in the pool, cooling down. Therefore, you should make sure that it is clean before they arrive. The cleanliness of the pool is something that you need to maintain whilst you are there because with a lot of people in the pool, you never know what contaminates are in there. It might be wise to invest in an automatic pool cleaner to make sure the pool stays clean and you don't have to put time aside each day to do the cleaning yourself.