Consider this your reminder: Father’s Day is one week away!

While Dad might act blasé about Father’s Day, make sure the father figures in your life know how much you appreciate them. So, whether your celebrating your father or your partner, there are a few stops around the house to get in tip-top shape before June 21.

Here are a few ideas that will make the old man smile:

Clean the Pool
Father’s Day in Arizona is a perfect pool-party day (assuming of course you keep it small and social distance). Dad will want to have the water looking crisp and clean come swimming time, but no one should have to decorate for their own party! Give him a gift a little early and take over pool maintenance the week before (or make it something the two of you can do together, which he will probably love even more):

  1. Run the vacuum: Let the machine do its job to suck up any loose debris and cleanse any buildup of algae to get the water looking clear and clean.

  2. Brush the water line: A stainless-steel bristled brush is a great way to scrub the algae off those places that are hard for your vacuum to reach. Besides keeping things clean, this can be as oddly satisfying as power washing a dirty driveway.

  3. Mind your chemistry: If you haven’t thought about pH levels since high school, that’s okay. Pick up a few test strips, some chlorine, and some shock. Test every few days and adjust to keep it clear and shining. Just be sure to wait a few hours to swim after throwing in the shock.

  4. Run the aerator over night: We won’t say it’s the worst thing in the world to hop into a lukewarm pool on a hot day, but it’s far from the refreshing dip you want. Make sure to run the aerator to circulate the water and get it down to a nice breezy temperature.

Polish Up the Grill
That backyard BBQ is the perfect accessory to a Father’s Day by the pool, but if it’s been sitting dormant through winter, it could probably use a little love. Here’s how to get it up and running:

  1. Burn it off: Fire up the grill, close the hood, let it come to its max temperature, and let it sit for half an hour as it burns off any old food and grease. Then shut the gas off and let it cool.

  2. Soak it off: Pull off the grates and submerge them in a bucket of warm soapy water for 30 minutes.

  3. Start scrubbing: After the soak, grab a wire brush and apply a healthy dose of elbow grease to everything you can find, using a mix of baking soda and vinegar for the toughest bits. Now just rinse, dry, and polish.

  4. Refill the gas: Nothing can kill the grillmaster’s fun faster than an empty propane tank. Avoid the last-minute run to the grocery store and set yourself a reminder now. Yes, right now. “Siri, remind me to get propane.” Say the words and thank us later.

As for the big gift day-of, a little bit of thought goes a long way. Dads are notorious for putting everyone else first, so think hard about what it is he won’t get for himself. Maybe it’s something for his hobby that he won’t splurge on. Maybe it’s a dedicated space in the house for said hobby. Or maybe it’s as simple as a nice watch. Either way, Dad isn’t likely to treat himself, so do the treating for him.

Show us your Father’s Day fun by tagging @sheahomesaz and #sheahomesaz!

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