The warm weather is just around the corner, and we’ll soon be enjoying garden parties, barbeques, and lounging around in the sunshine over a long weekend. Getting the most from summer often means having a home that’s fit for the job. But exactly what can we do to prepare the home for the season? Let’s take a look at seven proven ways to approach the task.
If your home is going to appear spacious, then you need to get rid of all of those loose items of junk that might be cluttering it. This goes especially in summer, when a clutter-free home can fill more easily with sunlight. Decluttering is something that you can take of in a few intensive sessions. Be ruthless, and get rid of the stuff that you really don’t need.
Clearing the gutters
Over winter, it’s likely that a sizeable layer of muck and debris will have accumulated in your gutters. It’s best to deal with this before the wet weather rolls around again. If you leave your gutters dirty for long enough, then they’ll eventually begin to leak.
Applying a fresh coat of paint
Freshening the paint in any room in your home can really help to change the look. You don’t need to use much paint to get respectable results. The type and colour of paint you use will depend on the room being painted. For example, specialist bathroom paint is appropriate for painting a bathroom.
Fixing the patio
If you’ve got a flagstone patio, then you might find that giving it a wash and a scrub will help to revitalise it. Get rid of any moss that might be forming in the cracks using a wire brush.
Cleaning the BBQ
You can’t expect your guests to eat from a barbeque that hasn’t been cleaned since the previous summer. Make the time to open it up, remove all the old ash and soak the grill in soapy water.
Nurture your garden
During summer, it’s likely that you’ll spend plenty of time out in the garden. Make sure that the space is fit for purpose. Trim the edges, mow the lawn, and plant flowers in key locations. With the help of a few choice potted plants, you can create a solution that’s flexible. If you get tired of a given plant in a given location, you can simply move it to a new one – or get rid of it entirely.
Washing the windows
If your windows are dirty, then you’ll find that less natural light is able to reach the interior of your home. As a result, it might feel a little bit dingy and unpleasant. Solve this by washing your windows – or by paying someone to do it for you. You might find that many window cleaners will clean your gutters while they’re at it.