It's summer abroad and the perfect time for repairs.
Adding a verandah to your house? Cement is sure to dry faster! Paint will dry faster too.
In a location of drastic winters? Time to do repairs on the roof, check your fireplace inserts, clean up chimneys and check (or replace) heaters
Located in areas known for terrible storms? Check your storm shutters, revisit your cellars and panic rooms.
This is also a good time to take stock of your furniture and appliances. Anything you haven't used for the past two years, consider selling (to maybe would-be college students), giving away or throwing away. And then make the repairs and refurbishing in your home to give it a fresher, uncluttered feeling.
Make lemons out of the lemonade that is intense heat. Take advantage of the kids being home as there will be extra hands to do the work.