Time for a spring clean outdoors?
Spring is here and with summer just around the corner, lighter nights and hopefully better weather, now is a good time to put some love back into the tired outdoors of your home.
Whether you’re in your first home or fifteenth, you probably haven’t spent much time outside during the winter months but the grass still grows regardless and the elements will have taken their toll on your woodwork and other parts of your home that you might not think about. So we have put together a quick list of things to get you ready for the summer BBQs.
General gardening: first things first, get the simple things like weeding, cut the grass and trim your hedges. If your paths and patios look a bit dull and dirty then maybe think about getting a pressure washer and bringing them back to life. Turn over your borders and start thinking about plants for the season.
Drains: Your gutters and drains will need looking at to check for any fallen leaves and moss that may have gathered and blocked the flow of water.
Whilst you’re up there: You might not have thought to do this before but check your roofs for any cracked or misplaced roof tiles; cracks and gaps will not only allow water in but bugs and pests will also be able to access your home and could become a problem in the warmer months.
Once all the maintenance jobs are out of the way, you can move onto the exciting bits that will make your house stand out above the rest.
Windows: If you have wooden window frames and they look in a tired state then give them a new lease of life with a lick of paint. A time consuming job but if done correctly can protect your window frames for longer and make them looking new again! If you have UPVC windows, you can still brighten them up by removing any grease, grime and dirt with some UPVC cleaner from most DIY stores.
Garden buildings: Whether you have got a tool shed, summer house, play house or pergola, they all require maintenance to keep them lasting longer. Like with your home, check your sheds and summer house for any leaks or rips in the roofing, spot these problems early enough and you could avoid having to pay for a replacement. It’s also a good idea to check fences in case of rotten posts, decking supports and joists and garden furniture to make sure everything is still strong and secure.
Bored of the look or the weather got the better of it? There are a huge range of garden paints available to not only help protect your woodwork but give it a complete makeover.