The weather is warming up, and summer is well and truly on its way! Although we’re not quite there yet, it means there’s still plenty of time to get your house and garden summer ready. You don’t want to be spending the warmest part of the year doing jobs around your home – at that point you want to be reaping the benefits and enjoying it instead! So now is the time to implement those improvements, and we’ve put together a list of 6 of the things you should be thinking about.
Add A Lick of Paint
The difference a fresh coat of paint can make is outstanding, and even better, it’s such an easy thing to do. After a wet and cold winter, your home can be left looking a little tired and in need of a pick me up.
If your window frames are wooden, this is the perfect time to paint them in either a new, fresh shade or top up the existing colour. The same goes for your house’s exterior – if your home is a white or light colour, any wear can be visible quicker than you’d like. You can either repaint it yourself or hire a professional to do the work for you.
In the garden, you could paint your shed or fence a fresh new colour, or simply top up their existing colour. What a quick and simple way to instantly give your home and garden a new look!
Stain and Seal
If you’re not a fan of painted wood or prefer to leave materials in their more natural colour, then something else to do would be to stain instead. For wooden window frames, fences, sheds, decking, the list goes on, doing this gives them new life and helps to protect them from the elements.
If you have decking, it’s a good idea to stain it. Whether you’re having new decking fitted, or re-staining old decking, you first need to clean it. Without cleaning it, you could be preventing the stain from properly absorbing into the wood. Make sure all dirt, mill scale, and any old stain are removed first. To remove the old stain, you’ll need a sodium percarbonate wood cleaner or oxygen bleach wood cleaner. They’re easy to use, non-harmful and will get your decking fresh and ready for a new coat of stain.
Don’t forget to wear old clothing and gloves, as it’s inevitable that some of the stain will end up on you too.
Get Your Air Con Summer Ready
As it’s heating up, you want to make sure your AC is ready to take the heat. This tip isn’t exactly visual, but it’s an imperative part of preparing for summer. What’s more, maintaining your AC will help with efficiency and keeping your costs down long term.
Start indoors and make sure all air vents and filters are clean. The best method is to vacuum clean them with a brush-ended nozzle to make sure any unseen dust is removed. If you’re filters are getting old, it’s probably a good time to replace them.
Outside, make sure that all your vents are free from dust and debris, as again, this will affect your AC’s efficiency.
Introduce Natural Flooring
If you want a slightly larger refresh, something you could consider is switching to natural flooring. Whether it’s your dining room, office or conservatory, this could be the update you need for your home.
There are many benefits to natural flooring, but a key one to note is the positive impact it has for those who suffer from allergies. Especially in the warmer months when the pollen count gets uncomfortably high, a room with natural flooring can offer some relief for sufferers.
The popular options are Seagrass, Sisal, wool and cork. Each has its individual benefits and characteristics, so it’s best to consider each type to see which is best suited to you and your home. Another plus is that they’re all environmentally friendly, which will help reduce your all-important carbon footprint.
Re-Landscape Your Garden
Another more significant improvement is re-landscaping your garden. You can make this as big or small a change as you would like. From rearranging the flowerbeds and shrubbery, to a full-scale re-landscape, there are lots of options!
For a smaller change, take a different approach to the plants you use, where you put them and how they’re displayed. Consider adding a border to flower beds using either wooden or stone edging. To top the soil, try slate, bark chippings or pebbles to add an extra element of interest. Or you could just try a different colour scheme of flowers to brighten up the garden.
For larger projects, you have a lot of options to play with. Adding a pathway through your garden in an interesting colour or material, using lighting to create an element of interest and bring use to your garden at night, or even installing decking or laying a patio for garden furniture and a BBQ. An option that is growing in popularity is artificial grass, with many homes switching from a normal lawn because of the many benefits.
Build A Swimming Pool
A slightly more extravagant improvement, however certainly something you can reap the benefits of this summer. Plus, if you love hosting, your garden will be the go-to place on those scorching hot days!
There are lots of things to consider first, like whether you need planning permission, the cost, safety measures and how you will remove excess materials and waste. Maintenance and cleaning are another factor, though if you’ve switched to artificial grass, at least you won’t have to worry about grass getting in the water. You’ll also want a design and size that will compliment your garden and add to its functionality.
You can take your pick of smaller or larger projects ready for the warmer weather. Let us know which ideas you’ll be trying in preparation for summer!
Kevin is an avid gardener and DIYer and enjoys reading related gardening and home improvement articles. Working for Grabco, he gets to see a lot of the projects home owners embark on and the resulting transformations. He also picks up a lot of fresh ideas and current trends, so enjoys writing about them to share with other like-minded readers.
Author: Brennan Young
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