How to get your home ready for summer?Published on 6th June 2014
Despite the unfortunate week of wetness, which is good for the garden if not the commuters, temperatures have been steadily rising and there’s no denying that summer is well and truly on its way.
While most of us talk of a big spring clean, in reality, it’s the summer months that see most Brits dealing with all the annual household chores. From Easter onwards we contemplate DIY and embark on renovation projects, but while there are grand plans to be laid, there are other smaller tasks that can make a real difference to the long-term integrity of your home, as well as your comfort within it this summer.
We’ve put our collective Apropos heads together and come up with a list of our essential summer jobs.
- Check, clear and clean your guttering and make sure that any loose or leaky sections are replaced; this will help to reduce the possibility of future roof damage.
- If you have a chimney, get it swept. Regular chimney cleaning can reduce the risk of house fires and improve air quality.
- For an easy job that will help to reduce sleepless nights, invest in some summer bedding. Light weight cotton linen can make all the difference on an uncomfortable night.
- Clean your windows! Not only will this improve the quality of natural light coming into your home and make your rooms look tidier, but it gives you a good chance to inspect for damage. Cheap tip? Forget expensive solutions, put some water, vinegar and a drop of dishwashing liquid in a spray bottle; a streak-free finish is almost guaranteed.
- It’s also a good time to check your window seals and hinges to make sure that your home’s thermal performance is as good as it can be.
- Arrange for a qualified professional to service your gas boiler; this will help to keep your fuel bills down and, most importantly, you and your family safe.
- Bring the outdoors in; throw open your windows; dress your [Apropos] conservatory; pick fresh flowers and grow aromatic herbs; bright colours and natural accessories improve the mood and give that summery feeling.
- Reinvigorate your patio (if you have one) and clean up (or purchase) garden furniture, so when the sun shines, you’re ready to make the most of it.