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10 Ways New Homeowners Can Get Their House Ready For Summer

Summer is coming, and you're going to want to entertain your guests. Turn your new house into a home, with help from Lowe’s!

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1. Put a little twinkle in your backyard.

Tiki torches and patio lights are the perfect addition to any backyard, and they're so easy to set up.

2. Want an easy way to clean your grill?

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Next time you turn it on, place tinfoil (shiny side down) on the flames and close the lid for 15 minutes. Carefully use tongs to remove the paper, and brush with a grill brush. Voilà!

3. Get mulchy.

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A mulched garden will not only make all the colors in your flower beds pop and make them look perfectly manicured, but a nutrient-rich topsoil will totally help keep your hedges healthy as well!

4. While we're talking garden and lawn care, make sure your lawn mower blades are the right height.

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If you set the blades on your mower to at least three inches, your lawn will have an easier time staying green and fighting droughts. Remember: A shorter grass is a stressed grass.

5. A simple afternoon project can turn into nights full of memories.

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Paver bricks + firewood = fire pit. Who's bringing the marshmallows over?

6. Go wild with a pressure washer.

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Make sure to take before-and-after pictures if it's been a while since the old homeowners showed the driveway some love. The sweet, sweet feeling of seeing the dirt and grime wash away will leave you feeling more accomplished than ever before.

7. A white picket fence will charm your new neighbors.

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And a less intricate version should be able to be installed in a single day!

8. If your property already has a fence, give it a facelift!

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A little paint or stain can go a long way. You could even invite your friends over for a painting party.

9. Cool it down...

Adding a ceiling fan to your porch looks super cute AND will be a happy addition during brutal summer heat waves.

10. ...and throw some shade.

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Sure, blinds and shades give you privacy, but they also make your space look classy AND keep the sun out, which in turn makes you use your AC less and lowers your electric bills!

Lowe's has everything you need to make summer in your new home awesome, including awesome DIY ideas like these hanging lanterns!