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10 Top Tips for Preparing Your Home & Garden for Summer *

Thursday, 2 May 2019

-*This post is in collaboration with Lawsons-
At least once in our lives we will all take a look around our home and realise it’s a little tired, shabby and in need of some TLC. The change in light during the spring months really accentuates things like dusty blinds, worn carpets or chipped paint, making it the perfect opportunity to do some DIY. It’s not just inside, though. The winter months are often unkind to our gardens, leaving us with a few repair jobs to do in time for summer. Below are my top 10 tips for preparing your home and garden for summer, so that you can enjoy BBQ season with no worries.

Inside

  1. Clean your windows with the traditional mixture of warm water and vinegar. This will ensure that when the sun shines through during summer, you won’t have to look at dirty finger prints and smears.
  2. Give your walls and doors a fresh lick of paint to brighten the place up. Yellow-ish coloured skirting boards can make your rooms look unclean and tired.
  3. You could even install new internal doors if your budget allows for it. It’s easier than you think to install a new door and really makes all the difference.
  4. Considering you’re likely to have your windows open quite often during summer (providing we have decent weather), you might want to think about installing a wireless intruder alarm. They’re also handy if you’re planning to go on holiday for a couple of weeks and will therefore leave your house empty.
  5. Invite summer indoors by placing lots of lovely, vibrant plants and flowers around your home. You could even start a little herb garden in the kitchen and grow some of your own cooking ingredients.

Outside


  1. Pressure wash your patio or decking to remove any dirt and debris that may have built up, such as bird poo or moss.
  2. Declutter your shed so that you can easily access all of your gardening tools.
  3. Tidy up your fence by giving it a wash and a lick of paint if necessary. You might even have to replace some of the panels if they have been damaged by winter weather.
  4. Install outdoor lighting so that you can dine alfresco and host lots of garden parties long after the sun has gone down. Lighting outside will also help deter criminals from your property, which is an added bonus!
  5. Clean your garden furniture, which may have become cobwebbed and dusty if you’ve had it stored for winter, or dirty if you’ve left it outside. Nice, clean garden furniture will encourage you to go outside when the sun is shining because you’ll have somewhere pleasant to sit.  

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