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Get Your Home and Garden Ready for Summer

It’s now officially spring. The birds are waking earlier and building their nests. Daffs and tulips are sprouting up in the gardens and parks. There’s a definite feeling of change. And though there’s still a bit of a chill in the air, summer is on its way.

However, we still have a way to go, and there is a lot to plan in these interim months. Use them wisely and get your home and garden in tip top condition in time for the summer months.

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Garden
After the bad weather and storms of the winter now is a good time to assess the outside of your home. Walk around the exterior of your property. Note any signs of damage or wear and tear. Look for holes in fencing or damage to decking or garden furniture. Use a company like George Hill Timber merchants and order wood for repairs.

Clear your garden of rubbish, leaves and debris. Mow the lawn when you get a dry weekend and trim the borders. Get rid of any weeds and cover the soil with bark. This will prevent further growth. If your garden is looking a little dull, then add some border plants or containers.

Give the patio a good sweep and use the jet wash. Pull up any weeds or grass that are sprouting through the cracks. Check your garden furniture and give it a good wash.

When checking your garden pay attention to the outside of your home. Is your paintwork looking a little tired? Does your fencing need re-coating? Give the exteriors a lick of paint and a bit of a spruce up.
It’s also a good time to check your drains. Make sure they’re not clogged with leaves and if so, unblock them accordingly.

Look up to the roof and check for missing slate or tiles. Is your chimney showing any signs of damage such as cracks? Don’t climb up there yourself. A pair of binoculars will allow you to make an assessment. Check for problems with drainpipes and gutters. Hire a professional to make repairs if necessary.

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The Home
Spring has become synonymous with spring cleaning, and it’s a good time to give your home a deep clean. Begin by tidying and clearing away clutter. Room by room, get rid of any items you no longer use. Decide whether to give them away to friends or charity, or whether to take them to the tip. Make sure that anything you intend to keep is put away. Invest in additional storage if necessary.

Open all the windows to let fresh air and sunlight in. Take down winter curtains and bedding and either take them to the dry cleaners or put them in the wash. Replace with summer textiles. Keep a few throws and blankets to hand. Summer is still a way off and the evenings can be chilly.

Once you have decluttered and everything is tidied away, go around each room and clean it from top to bottom. Clear away cobwebs and clean windows and window sills. Take items off shelves, dust and replace. Move furniture and vacuum the whole floor area. If carpets need cleaning, then schedule this in.

In the kitchen clean all surfaces, including the cooker. And don’t forget to clean the grill and the oven. Pull out the refrigerator and get rid of dust. It’s amazing how much accumulates there.

Next, empty your cupboards and fridge and get rid of expired products. Give the empty cupboards and shelves a really good clean. Before replacing items think about switching things around. Place frequently used products nearer to the front. Invest in some containers and jars to keep things tidy.

Wash down all cupboard and drawer doors and give the floor a good mop.

Spend time on the bathroom by cleaning windows, taps and grouting. Replace broken sealant and tiles. Unless your bathroom is large, take out all of the products and accessories until you have finished. Go through them carefully and work out what is needed on an everyday basis. Anything else can be housed elsewhere. Throw away used shampoo bottles and old pieces of soap.

Keeping surfaces free from clutter will help keep your bathroom clean. Avoid mushy soap by using a soap dish. Or better still, use a liquid handwash. Use baskets or containers to store bits and bobs such as makeup or hair grips. Stash as much as you can in cupboards and drawers.

When you’re satisfied that the house is clean and tidy, think about decor. Are there any rooms that could use a lick of paint?

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