The summer season is upon us, and one of the nicest things to look forward to is to enjoy the sunshine in our beautiful homes and gardens. It’s the perfect time of year to show off the garden you have and make the most of it, dry your washing on the washing line again, dust off the BBQ… it’s just such a nicer time to enjoy your home and garden.
As well as the Summer is the best time to enjoy your home, it’s also the best time to have all your home improvements completed by. Whether you’re toying with the idea of selling your house at some point, or you just want to put in a little work to make your home a more enjoyable place for you and your family, summer is more than ideal to check some things off your home improvement to-do list.
Starting any tasks towards the end of winter and going into spring makes much more sense, as it means by the start of summer, you can relax and enjoy the results.
Here are a few ideas on the best home improvements to make just in time for summer, to help you get started.
Deep clean all the windows
Hooray – a task that doesn’t have to cost you money, unless you have a lot of windows and the majority are too high up to do yourself. If this is the case, invest in a good quality window cleaning service, and have them attend every fortnight for the run up to summer.
Summer is the perfect time to show off cleaner windows, both inside and out. It’s also a great time of year to keep it up, as the warm weather will help them dry off more easily. And what possibly looks and feels better than the warm sun shining through your newly cleaned windows? It will instantly brighten up your house and give your rooms a new lease of light.
Check over your conservatory
For some people, the conservatory gets neglected throughout the winter season, with them tending to hold in the cold air. So when it comes to the spring/summer, they often need bringing to life again. As well as making sure they haven’t got any damp areas and the furniture and fabrics are all fresh, make sure you check the roof of the conservatory after the winter. It could be that the roof wasn’t insulated properly when it was built, and you could be the victim of strong sun glare coming through the roof, or that feeling that your conservatory is becoming a greenhouse with the heat.
Assess the roof carefully, and make sure you get the roof repaired and properly insulated before the Summer arrives. It’s worth getting the roof replaced so you can enjoy the warmer months in the space, so do check out professional companies, such as Leka conservatory roof replacement services, which ensures the roof will deliver the performance, efficiency and longevity of your normal roof, and also be a material match, too.
Invest in garden furniture
There’s nothing worse than an unexpected day of blazing hot sunshine approaching towards the end of spring, and you have no garden furniture to put your hand to. In order to enjoy these warmer evenings, start investing in some garden furniture now, so you are fully kitted out before summer.
The essentials include a nice large table in which you can use to lay out all the food for garden gatherings and BBQ’s, matching chairs, picnic blankets, and of course, treating yourself to a comfy sun lounger will never be regretted on those really warm days!
If you already have these items and don’t intend to purchase any new ones, just start giving them a complete clean as spring kicks in.
Get painting everywhere
Although it’s ideal to start your painting jobs in the summer when the paint will dry out quicker, it’s nice to have spruced up, fresh paint in time for the warmer months. Before it gets too hot and sweaty for manual jobs, start updating your decking, doors and walls once spring arrives. Give everything that is looking worn and tired a fresh lick of paint.
By giving the walls in your home a wash of creams, whites and light pastels, you’ll create the illusion of bigger, cleaner areas. If you would rather choose brighter colours around your home, like lemon and lime shades, this may give the feeling of a completely new room, and add that happier look, giving your home a new lease of life.
Tidy up your shed or garage
If you have a shed or garage – or both – they will probably be in some form of mess from the autumn/winter months. It’s one of the worst tasks to approach, but the sooner you stop putting it off, the better you will feel. Garages and sheds are great little spaces to store your garden furniture, toys for the kids and even food storage. Plus, a tidy and neat garage or shed makes it so much easier to find the tools you are after when you need them most.
Replace any worn out carpets
If your carpets around the house have seen better days, you should look into getting them replaced just before the summer months arrive. An old, tired carpet shows up more in the summer, especially with the natural daylight shining in on the house and bringing to light your flooring situation.
Remember that while needed home improvements let you enjoy your home more and can make you feel so much better, they can also add significant value to your home, so do carefully assess the best jobs to tackle. As you start cleaning, tidying and replacing anything old, new jobs can surface when you start discovering how worn and tired certain rooms in the home are.
This is why it’s essential to start these jobs as the winter ends and the spring begins, so you can get everything done beforehand, and thoroughly enjoy a lovely summer!